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Fresh Ham With Spiced Apple Glaze

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Ingredients
  Whole pork leg 15 Pound
  Salt 2 Teaspoon
  Dried thyme leaves 2 Teaspoon
  Ground cinnamon 2 Teaspoon
  Coarsely ground black pepper 1 Teaspoon
  Ground nutmeg 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Ground cloves 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Apple jelly 12 Ounce (1 Jar)
  Balsamic vinegar 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Fresh thyme 1 Tablespoon, garnish (For Garnish)
  Assorted mustards 1 Tablespoon
  Relishes 1 Tablespoon
  Chutneys 1 Tablespoon
  Rye breads 1
  Pumpernickel bread 1
Directions

Remove skin and trim excess fat from pork leg, leaving only a thin fat covering.
Place pork, fat side up, on rack in large roasting pan.
Preheat oven to 350°F.
In small bowl, combine salt and next 5 ingredients.
With hands, rub spice mixture over pork.
Insert meat thermometer into center of thickest part of pork, being careful that pointed end of thermometer does not touch bone.
Roast pork 3 hours.
Cover pork loosely with a tent of foil.
Continue roasting about 1 hour longer or until meat thermometer reaches 150°F.
Meanwhile, in 1 quart saucepan, heat apple jelly and balsamic vinegar over high heat to boiling; boil 2 minutes.
Remove saucepan from heat; set glaze aside.
4 When pork has reached 150°F., remove foil and brush with some glaze.
Continue roasting pork, brushing occasionally with remaining glaze until meat thermometer reaches 160° to 170°F., a total of about 5 hours. (Pork near bone may still be slightly pink.)
When pork is done, place on large platter; let stand 20 minutes for easier slicing.
Garnish with fresh thyme.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Easy
Cuisine: 
American
Course: 
Main Dish
Interest: 
Everyday
Servings: 
36

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