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Baked Ham Glazed with Champagne

The term “Champagne” is used loosely here. Feel free to use a less expensive bubbly such as prosecco, cava, or crémant. The sparkling wine lends a little razzle-dazzle to the retro-chic combo of ham and pineapple. If you’re using maple syrup, try Grade B—it has more intense maple flavour than Grade A.


  • 1 (9-lb.) reduced-sodium, bone-in cured ham
  • 1 (750-milliliter) bottle extra-dry Champagne or other dry sparkling white wine, divided
  • 2 cups packed light brown sugar, divided
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup or honey
  • 1/4 cup canned crushed pineapple in juice
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • Pineapple slices (optional)

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 325°F.
  2. Line a roasting pan with aluminum foil. Place ham on a rack in prepared pan. Using a sharp knife, make shallow cuts in fat. Pour 1 cup Champagne over ham; sprinkle with 1 cup brown sugar. Cover ham with foil.
  3. Combine syrup, crushed pineapple, mustard, cloves, remaining Champagne, and remaining brown sugar in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil over high; reduce heat to medium, and simmer until alcohol flavour has cooked out, about 5 minutes.
  4. Place ham in oven; bake for 1 hour. Uncover and baste with maple syrup mixture. Cover ham; bake 1 hour. Uncover, baste, and return to oven; bake ham, uncovered, basting every 10 minutes, until a thermometer inserted in centre of ham registers 115°F, about 30 additional minutes. Top with pineapple slices, if desired. Let stand 10 minutes before slicing.

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