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Ham with Cherry Sauce

Turn a baked ham into a festive meal with this colorful and easy to make Cherry Sauce. Canned or frozen tart cherries, pineapple juice and Equal provide the necessary flavor.

33% calorie reduction from traditional recipe



  • 1 (3 pound) fully cooked boneless ham
  • Whole cloves
  • Fresh parsley sprigs

Cherry Sauce

  • 2 (14.5 ounce) cans red tart pitted cherries in juice, undrained*
  • 2/3 to 3/4 cup unsweetened pineapple juice
  • 4 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1 cup Equal Spoonful**
  • Red food coloring (optional)

** May substitute 24 packets Equal sweetener


  1. Ham: Place ham in roasting pan; stud with cloves. Roast ham in preheated 325 degree F oven for about 1 1/2 hours or until thermometer inserted in center of ham registers 160 degrees F.
  2. Cherry Sauce: Drain cherries, reserving juice in a 2-cup glass measure. Add enough pineapple juice to make 2 cups. Combine juice mixture and lemon juice in medium saucepan. Whisk in cornstarch until smooth.
  3. Heat to boiling, whisking constantly. Stir in cherries. Cook over medium heat 3 to 4 minutes or until heated through. Stir in Equal and food coloring.
  4. Slice ham and arrange on platter. Place bowl for the Cherry Sauce in center. Garnish with parsley.

Yield: 16 servings

* 2 (16 ounces) packages frozen unsweetened pitted cherries, thawed, can be substituted for canned cherries. Drain cherries thoroughly. Add enough pineapple juice to make 2 cups. Proceed as recipe directs.

Nutrition information per serving: 156 cal., 18 g pro., 9 g carb., 5 g fat, 45 mg chol., 1027 mg sodium

Food exchanges: 2 1/2 lean meat, 1/2 fruit

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