Baked Ham with Easy Glaze -Share Your Sunday Dinner Memories


Sunday dinners in the South are the stuff of legends. They’ve had songs written about them, books devoted to them, and you’d be hard pressed to find any old timer and mention Sunday Dinner in days gone by and not see their face take on a peaceful reminiscent look.

Sunday is our traditional time to slow down, enjoy each other’s company, and give thanks for all of the blessings in our lives. A good meal on the table is the perfect way to top it all off. My Mama always made a big spread each night of the week but Sundays were extra special. Sundays we’d invite a few more guests to come eat with us and Mama would pull out the dishes she might not have had time to prepare during the course of a busy week. Ham was often one of those, followed by her special macaroni and cheese, MeMe’s Mashed Potatoes, Green beans, Rolls, and often dessert of one of her pecan pies or a special cake. The ham bone and scraps were then saved to season a pot of beans or fill out a casserole later on during the week.

We’d all sit down and pass around big bowls to serve ourselves from and Daddy would sit down in his chair next to the big gallon jug of tea where he’d keep watch over tea glasses throughout the meal. We were so accustomed to our ritual that anytime our tea glass got low we’d just silently scoot it towards Daddy, he’d fill it, and we’d pull it back and keep on talking without ever missing a beat.

I love doing Sunday dinners for my family but with just the four of us I keep it to a meat and two sides, with a bread and simple dessert most days, unless we are having company to help us eat a bigger spread. I get up early and get things going so when we return to the house around noon all I have to do is reheat a few things and fill the tea glasses. Then we sit and we talk over what we’ve learned that morning and how we want to spend our Sunday afternoon.

I wonder what your Sunday dinners were like growing up and I can’t help but wonder what they are like now.

Do you take time to sit down with your family at home? Do you go to a restaurant and let someone else do the cooking so you can just focus on your time together and have a little time off from the kitchen?

Most importantly, I want to know what your favorite Sunday dinner was as a child, your dream menu and who cooked it for you. I love sharing my memories with you but I dearly love getting to hear yours as well so I hope you’ll share in the comments section of this post.

The recipe I’m bringing you today is from my great grandmother Lela, one I originally had published in the article about me and Southern Plate in the October 2010 issue of Southern Living. If you’d like to see a little more about that issue and the behind the scenes photos, click here. If you’d like a delicious ham for your family, keep reading.

Oh alright, you can click and then come back if you really wanna.

A good ham makes the perfect main course for any meal and any occasion. The added bonus is that once you bake a ham, you usually have the leftovers to make at least three more meals. The hambone in and of itself is a goldmine for the best pot of pintos you could ever hope to eat or use it to flavor a comforting pot of Senate Bean Soup.

I like to make a ham for supper with my in laws come to visit along with Jordan rolls and then reheat some rolls the next morning, split them in two, and layer warmed slices of ham in between them for a quick, easy, and dern good breakfast. Coffee washes it down just right. There are already several recipes on using leftover ham and I’ll put the links to those at the bottom of this post, but next week I’ll also bring you one of my dear favorites, Red Beans and Rice. So glaze that ham and get it baking but be sure to save the bone with a little meat still on it for next week! Just pop it in a gallon size bag and stick it in the freezer.

Okay, now that I am sufficiently hungry, lets get this show on the road. Be sure and share your favorite Sunday dinner memories with me below, though. I know we’ll all enjoy reading over them and I’m sure more than one person will find themselves jumping in and telling you they remember something the same way you do!

*There is another great ham recipe in my cookbook so be sure and check it out! It is one of many which are exclusive to my cookbook, so they will never be on

Right away you’ll notice that this recipe includes one of my favorite ingredients: Diet Dr Pepper. You can use your favorite coke if you like, though. (Note: Coke refers to any carbonated beverage in these hyar* parts).

You’ll need: Smoked Ham, Yellow Mustard, Coke of choice (just a bit, you can drink the rest!), and some brown sugar.

I meant to spell “here” that way because it is how we pronounce it. Funny enough, because I often write in Southern dialect on Southern Plate, our wee little website is designated as “Requires a masters degree or higher in order to read” by internet classification. I don’t know about you but the fact that we throw computers off that much with our Southern slang kinda makes me feel a might bit superior! ~giggle~

In a small bowl place your brown sugar, mustard, and coke

(the Diet Dr Pepper is in there, it’s just hiding)

Give that a good stir.

It will become a lot more liquified than you expect it to.

On the off chance it doesn’t (you know, atmospheric pressure, leprechaun interference, whatever) you can always add another tablespoon of coke.

Line a rimmed (or sided) baking pan with aluminum foil, heavy duty if you have it.

If you don’t have heavy duty, just use regular. No sense in spending extra money when you don’t have to.

Set your ham in the middle of the foil lined pan.

Brush half of your glaze over the ham, just the parts that you can get to.

If you don’t have a brush just use a big spoon and put gobs of the glaze on the ham and then smear it around a bit.

Most of the gadgets we have in the kitchen are pretty much space taker-upers anyway.

Seal that up well and bake at 350 for 2-1/2 hours.

Notice that I have mine in a pan with sides on it, that is important because it is inevitable that juice will leak out and if it gets in the bottom of your oven you will have quite the smell in your house.

After your ham is baked it will look like this.

Peel the foil back and brush ham with remaining glaze.

Return to oven and bake for 30 minutes more uncovered, or until lightly browned.

Remove from oven and allow to sit for ten minutes before slicing. Slice how you like and enjoy!

I use an electric knife that I got for about twenty dollars to slice my hams but a regular knife will work just fine.

This glaze is delicious!

My father in law sliced the ham for me and he ate just about all of the skin ~heehee~. He loved the glaze, too.

Feels good when people like your cooking, doesn’t it?

Baked Ham with Easy Glaze
  • 1 (approx 8-lb.) smoked, ready-to-cook, bone-in ham
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar (light or dark, whatever you have)
  • 2 tablespoons coke (or your favorite carbonated drink. I am using Diet Dr Pepper)
  • 1 tablespoon yellow mustard
  1. Line a large pan with a lip around it with aluminum foil. Place ham in center of foil. In small bowl, stir together brown sugar, coke, and mustard to make your glaze. Brush half of glaze over ham. Wrap entire ham well in foil. Place in 350 degree oven for 2 -1/2 hours.
  2. Remove ham from oven and peel back the foil but don't move the ham. Brush remaining glaze over ham and return to oven, uncovered, for another thirty minutes or until lightly browned. Allow to sit at room temperature for about ten minutes or so before cutting. If you need to serve it later you can cover it with foil to keep it warm and let it sit on your stovetop. I suggest cutting it within half an hour of removing it from the oven because that is about as long as you'll be able to stand waiting once you smell it.

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I wonder what your Sunday dinners were like growing up and I can’t help but wonder what they are like now. Do you take time to sit down with your family at home? Do you go to a restaurant and let someone else do the cooking so you can just focus on your time together and have a little time off from the kitchen? Most importantly, I want to know what your favorite Sunday dinner was as a child, your dream menu and who cooked it for you. I love sharing my memories with you but I dearly love getting to hear yours as well so I hope you’ll share in the comments section of this post.


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  1. Kerry says

    We’d alternate between Granny and Pa’s one Sunday, then the next we’d eat at Grandmomma and Granddaddy’s, at least as long as they were able to handle a BUNCH of grandkids! Both grandmothers were good cooks….my favorite dishes were Mac-n-cheese (NOT the box kind!), fried chicken and chicken and dressing. We always found an adventure to get into and were always tempted to “prowl” around! Fun and yummy times!

  2. sue walker says

    My Grandma would come and we would have roast beef, yorkshire pudding, veg and roast potatoes, with a pudding afterwards. At the time believe it or not chicken was a luxury food and only served on special occasions whilst beef which is now incredibly expensive was relatively affordable. How things change!

  3. says

    Hello Christie,
    I was a teenager during the 1950’s. My Grandmother lived with us and did most of the cooking since my divoraced mother worked. We always attended church on Sunday. We never ate out because there was no money for that. Nana usually made a nice beef pot roast for Sunday dinner. We would make mashed potatoes, a vegetable and gravy when we returned home. Nana loved to make Jello molds with lots of fruit in it. They were beautiful and sometimes held so much fruit that they would crack in half! Dinner was in the dining room on Sunday. We all helped get things together and sat down together. My brother and I were expected to use our best manners. After dinner, Nana was excused from helping clean up. I would help my mother with the leftovers and doing the dishes. The remaining afternoon and evening were spent doing what we wished as long as the work was done. Sunday supper often was a Denver sandwich. Something simple and easy to clean up. Good memories of happy times. Susan

  4. NanasOven says

    Oh how I loved those Sunday dinners after church. Fried chicken, smooth and buttery mashed potatoes, green beans cooked all day on Saturday, ambrosia with oranges, pineapple, coconut and cherries, either fresh corn on the cob or fried creamed corn and my grandmother’s flaky biscuits. Her name was Nannie and she was known to all her friends as a wonderful cook and a lovely Southern lady. She continued to have luncheons with the same ladies for years and years. A Southern luncheon is another wonderful memory. I miss them.

  5. Ginny Hall says

    My mother was a good cook, (for a yankee, giggle), My best sunday meal was pan fried chicken, with skin on, mashed potatoes, gravy, and biscuits.
    Hubby and I only eat skinless chicken breasts now, so I miss mom’s fried chicken really bad. Some day, maybe I’ll give in and fix it for myself.

  6. says

    my mom and i were just talking about this the other day because i asked her how she got so much done on sunday mornings when my brothers and i were little and still made it seem so unhurried. she and dad were always up before the rest of us, getting things put together so that when we got home from church, dinner would be almost ready. when my brothers and i were getting ready for church, mom was browning a roast, cutting up potatoes and carrots to throw in with it (unless it was a mashed potatoes day), making slaw, getting half runners ready to cook, and panning rolls from the dough she’d made the night before and kept in the fridge. i used to love to eat little pinches of the dough she’d hand me while she worked. (that might be weird but i loved it!) she’d also give me little bites of raw potato and let me sprinkle them with salt and eat them. when we got home after church, the smell of that roast in the oven met us before dad even unlocked the door. she starved us all to death while we waited for it to hit the table. we always had the same meal on sundays, and never ever tired of it. such precious memories. thanks for asking about our memories. i’ve just been able to spend a little time in my mind sitting at the counter watching my momma work on dinner. =)

  7. LaTisha says

    I wasn’t born in the south, but I was raised by parents who were born and raised in the south. My mom always made big Sunday dinners, that we always looked forward too. It was the one night a week we would all sit down and eat together. I keep saying I am going start having Sunday dinner at my house.

  8. Diane says

    My favorite smell of Sunday dinner was roast beef cooked with onion soup. It wasn’t cooked in the crock pot like I prefer to do now, but in browning bags stuffed with meat and veggies.

    I am planning to fix hamburger steak with mushroom gravy, mashed potatoes, and a green vegetable yet to be determined for my boys and their girl friends tomorrow. I love Sundays when my family comes together and a day that has always been held special is a day of family and counting our blessings.

  9. Annette Hancock says

    When I was a little girl, we often ate Sunday lunch with my Strickland grandparents. We would always have fried chicken and either a beef roast or a baked ham. Most times there was either turnip greens or collard greens, peas, butter beans or string beans. There woud be a fruit salad of some sort, home made corn bread, and often her home made biscuits. Dessert would be a caramel cake or a home made butter roll. It was served with ice tea. There would be home canned pickles, olives, and stuffed celery also. She did all that and still made it to church. We would sit down to a big family meal and later on in the afternoon, if it was summer time, we would have home made churned ice cream. I miss my grands very much and also my dad and all of the others that have gone on to their reward.

  10. Joann Drye says

    I am still cooking Sunday dinners, and my kids and grandkids all come.. today its minute steaks, fried then a gravy made with the bits in the pan, mashed potatoes, corn on the cob, maybe some green beans, a salad and biscuits.. its my grandsons birthday and he wants cheesecake for desert… lots of Sunday dinners come straight out of your cook book..

    hugs Jo in Oklahoma

  11. Sherry in Texas says

    I loved this post……it took me back to being a kid and having Chicken Fried Steak after church every Sunday of my life! After church, we would go to the restaurant that my Memom ran and she would make us the most amazing Chicken Fried Steak complete with mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans and rolls…..I have eaten all over the world and that is one of my fondest food memories. Thanks for the trip down memory lane, it is amazing how food can “take you back” to special times in your life!

  12. says

    My mom was not southern, but my favorite Sunday dinner (not necessarily served always on Sundays, but on Sunday-like days such as when I would visit from afar), was her roast whole chicken. She roasted her chicken very, very slowly in a cast iron frying pan so that the meat would be incredibly tender, and loosely tented the chicken until the last part of its cooking time with foil to keep it moist. She usually seasoned the chicken with salt and garlic powder and poultry seasoning, and sometimes with other seasonings. With the chicken pan juices she made fabulous gravy using Lipton’s dried soup mixes, such as a combination of mushroom soup and onion soup. All this was served with cooked carrots tossed with butter and lots of finely chopped parsley, mashed potatoes or rice to eat with the superb gravy, and often some other vegetable such as buttered asparagus or green beans with bits of bacon. Dessert would be something such as an outstanding store-bought vanilla ice cream with fresh raspberries on top. The aroma of that chicken roasting all afternoon was beyond description, and so was the extra tender, fabulously flavorful chicken when we finally got to dig into it.

  13. Jan says

    I remember coming home from church and my Momma in her best dress would jump from the car and chase a chicken down and wring its neck …just right there.. Then she would clean it and have it ready to fry along with biscuits and gravy in no time..and the sweet tea…It may gross some of you out, but that was how it was done on a back dirt road farm in Southern Tennessee…Really good fried chicken too.

    • CeeCee says

      I love this post as it brought back some fond memories of my childhood. I was born in Tennessee, but raised from 3mo old in California. My parents were country through and through and your post made me think of how they did country things in the middle of the city. Thanks, Cee,Cee

  14. Kelly Riggs says

    My favorite Sunday meal has to be Easter Sunday. Mimmaw would make her ham and I would help her score it and put the little cloves in the corners. She wold also make my great-grandmothers green beans, you know the ones that are really greasy and not really good for you after they have been cooked all day. She would also have her Cheesy Potatoes which are like a mix of your Cheesy Hash Brown Casserole and your Sour Cream Hash Brown Casserole, but with a corn flake cereal topping. Then of course we would have 7 Layer Salad, Broccoli Salad, fried cornbread, maccaroni salad, corn of some sort, Deviled Eggs, Broccoli Casserole, and then some sort of dessert, but you had to wait for that because there just wasn’t enough room right after. She also would have some pickled eggs that were in a huge jar that had turned pink from the beets that were in there with them. I think me and my Pa-Pa were the only ones that ate them. :)

  15. Debbie Strum says

    My great-grandma was known for her wonderful cooking as well as her wonderful manners. At one of her family dinners everyone was complimenting her on how tasty everything was when she sent them all into shock as she stood up, hiked up her skirt, put her knee up on the table and leaned over to reach her gravy boat!! “Grandma, why didn’t you ask us to pass you the gravy!” Sitting back down in her chair she replied, “I DID ask…THREE times, but you were so busy talking and I got tired of asking!”

  16. says

    Fried chicken, mashed potatoes, vegetables from the garden…fried corn, English peas or butter beans, green beans, or field peas, sliced cucumbers, tomatoes, and green onions and cornbread , usually Lemon Icebox pie, or a berry cobbler and sweet tea.

    My mother would get up early and kill a chicken and clean it, and the kids would go to the garden and pick whatever was in season, bring it in and shell, shuck or snap. The older ones would peel the potatoes.m Mamma would make gravy for the potatoes from the chicken drippings….My dad worked hard all week, so all he did was show up at the table to eat…lol
    I can never duplicate the taste of her fried chicken because the chicken was so fresh.

  17. says

    Christy, love that dinner. What do you do with your leftover bone, or even leftover ham. Sounds like a good upcoming post to me. BTW, picked up an Oct issue of Southern Living in my Drs office. Guess who I recognized? Brady. So I passed it around. You have such a cute family. Hugs! June

  18. says

    Growing up my dad was the preacher and my mom taught Sunday School and sang in the choir. Mother usually cooked a huge roast before breakfast and warmed it up after church. It had onions, potatoes, and carrots cooked in it with green beans, rolls, and sliced tomatoes on the side. There was usually some kind of dessert, but I don’t remember the details. I didn’t eat dessert until I was an adult. We often had guest preachers and missionaries from around the world eat Sunday dinner with us. Some days we sat at the table for hours listening to stories. After lunch we washed all the plates and cookware, but the leftovers were covered in foil and left in the oven all afternoon. After the Sunday night church service, we warmed up the leftovers–and still had roast beef sandwiches at least halfway through the week.

  19. Trixie says

    wow, reading these memories, is awesome. I remember us going to Maw Maw’s house for Sunday dinner. Maw Maw would roast a chicken. She just had the best. I have never found anyone that could do it like her. She would have veggies, and salad, and home made bread. And for our treat afterward, she would have home made Ba Ba. It’s a cake like dough, with a custard on top, then a merigue is topping it off. It is one delicious treat. And it had to be made from scratch. Just talking about all of this makes my mouth water. Sad part of this memory is that my Maw Maw died and she took her recipes with her.

  20. Allison says

    My Memaw made the best fried okra and creamed corn that I ever put in my mouth! I asked her one time how she made her okra. She used cornmeal, salt, pepper, and green tomatoes! I never knew the green tomatoes were in there! I have very fond memories of watching her run her worn out knife up and down cobs of fresh corn that Papaw had just brought in from the garden to make her amazing creamed corn. He had such a big garden full of beans, tomatoes, potatoes, cabbage, lettuce, and corn. And even peach and apple trees and a grape vine which Memaw used to make jam and Papaw used the old vines to make wreaths! They never let anything go to waste! Papaw passed away 5 years ago and Memaw passed away a few months ago and I miss them so terribly! The smell of Memaw’s lotion and the sound of Papaw’s guitar always takes me back. So many memories of two beautifully amazing people! What a blessing to have had them in my life!
    I have been hounding my aunts’ to let me have a peek at her recipes and copy them so that I can pass the tradition down for our family to enjoy! I am thinking of bringing out the “big guns” and bring them some homemade cinnamon rolls to soften them up a bit! Wish me luck!

  21. Dena says

    We ALWAYS had Sunday dinner at home when I grew up and I like to cook Sunday dinner for my family as well. Now, when morning church service is over, my friends ask if we want to join them for lunch and if I say no because I already cooked, one lady says, “That’s’re one of THEM that cooks Sunday dinner!” Sometimes we go to lunch with them, but we prefer to eat at home. Cooking truly is a labor of love, and I like to cook things I know my family enjoys. I have made many recipes from this site and plan to try many more.

  22. Stacey says

    Sunday Dinner was a must at my home growing up. My Mother was a wonderful cook. When I got married and moved closer to my husbands family we started eating out more than we ate in. Something in my soul dried up a little bit over this and I did not even know it!

    My husband got layed off about 21 months ago and I started cooking Sunday Dinners. It is now one of his family’s thing to do on Sundays. I feed anywhere from 9 to 15 people at Sunday Dinner and let me tell you there is nothing like it. I so enjoy the planning, cooking and the sigh’s of contenment at the dinner table.

    I have had your cookbook for about two months and it has been a wonderful read. The recipes are great and so much like some of my own and then the others I just can’t wait to try.

    Oh, those sweet and sour greenbeans…. they are hands done the best recipe you could have ever passed on. Thank You!

  23. Melissa Harrison says

    Growing up our Sunday dinners consisted of pot roast, ham or country fried steak. My mom always made Sunday dinners special.

    Now that I am married I have started doing that for my husband and I. He never had big Sunday dinners, so I try to make them extra special for him. My husband now looks forward to our Sunday dinners and he especially likes it when I make your chicken and dumplings.

  24. Ally says

    Christy, your ham glaze is exactly the one I use. It’s so easy, and delicious too.
    My mama didn’t cook a big dinner on Sunday very often (she was more likely to cook a big meal on Saturday night because Sunday was a such a busy day). But when she did, oh boy….

    I remember the summer I turned 15, all of her nieces and nephews came for the day one Sunday in late July. When they came around, Mama always cooked their favorites (most of them are my favorites too!), things her mother, who was a fabulous cook, often cooked on Sunday. On this particular day, she cooked (mostly by herself with a little help from Daddy) baked ham, chicken and dumplings, cornbread dressing, fresh Silver Queen corn, green beans, summer squash casserole and field peas, and served sliced tomatoes and cucumbers also on the side. All the veggies came from our garden. She made cornbread (no one makes finer cornbread than my mama) and homemade potato rolls from my MaMaw’s (daddy’s mother) recipe. For dessert there was homemade ice cream and apple dumplings from mama’s grandmother’s recipe which has been passed down in her family since well before the Civil War. This recipe is different from any I have seen. It calls for cooked apples wrapped in little pastry bundles and served with a sweet sauce made from cream, butter, a little flour, sugar, cinnamon, and a dash of salt.
    I had many memorable meals at mother’s table. About the only thing she still cooks when I visit is cornbread. And we usually eat out on Sundays now. But I will always remember her great dishes. Thankfully, I have learned to make most of them. The thing I miss most about Sunday dinner growing up is listening to Daddy ask the Lord to bless the food. Nothing can replace his gentle voice and the squeeze of his hand as we prayed. Love and miss you, Daddy.

  25. Cindy says

    Sunday Dinners. Other than Christmas, this was the only other day the entire family got together and we did EVERY Sunday . All of the family, 3 uncles and their families, 2 aunts with their families and then my mom, dad, brother, sister, me and whoever else wanted to come, all showed up at Nannies house at 1100 every Sunday for Sunday Dinner. Nanny would feed about 30 or more of us. Fried chicken every time, sometimes a roast along with the chicken, sometimes cabbage rolls. Always mashed potatoes,fried squash or okra, mac and cheese, pinto beans or green beans, cornbread, fried corn , slaw, all the raw veggies, cucumbers, onions, tomatoes. After dinner,the uncles would watch football, the aunts would clean the kitchen, us kids would go outside and play. Then later that afternoon, we would all come back to the table for gossiping and everybody picking at the dessert, which was usually a Sock It To Me Cake or cornbread and peaches or cornbread and sweet potatoes. Nanny passed away in 1996, we tried to keep the tradition going, on a monthly basis, then every 3 months and now it’s about once a year. There’s nothing like your Nanny keeping the family together.

  26. Phyllis from Alabama says

    Loved reading all the stories & memories. My mother made a roast in the oven with gravy and potatoes, green beans, corn, tea and rolls most Sundays. She also made us (me, my brother & sister) breakfast and got us dressed & our hair fixed for church, all while my father sat in his recliner reading the Sunday paper!? lol We rarely went to my grandparents for Sunday lunch because they lived so far away.

  27. Sherry says

    My Sunday dinners sound much the same but I always gaged how good they were on whether or not my Aunt made her great potato salad! Somehow, after she died, the potato salad became my job! Wish I had a nickel for every bowl I have made. We did the roast and onion soup mix a lot too. I also have cooked lots of chicken casseroles for Sunday lunch. I do one that has Stove Top stuffing on it that is a very quick version of chicken and dressing!

    Thanks a million!

  28. Kat says

    Sunday Dinners at Mama Brown’s house… Fried chicken (that had earlier been running around the yard eating scraps), ham (that Daddy Brown got from the slaughter house he worked at part time), and the vegetables from the garden: field peas, blackeyed peas, tater salad, cabbage, turnip greens with turnips, creamed corn. Fried corn pone and homemade biscuits. Butter and homemade preserves. The little layer cakes made from scratch in the finest Geneva County traditions. The relish tray with Mama Brown’s homemade pickles and fresh mater slices.

    My Mama and Daddy Brown have long since passed, but if we’re down at Aunt Martha’s, she’ll cook us Sunday dinner.

    We’ve instituted a monthly Sunday Dinner at Mama and Daddy’s house, especially since Mama’s health has declined. My four sister-in-laws and myself alternate cooking the meal for the family. Mama and Daddy get a good homecooked meal and to visit with their children and grandchildren, the grandchildren get memories that will last a lifetime.

  29. amanda says

    Sunday dinners were nice but growing up with my grandparents every dinner was a sit down together meal. But holiday dinners were my favorite, that was the time that every one had to come home and enjoy the holiday together. The ladies would be in the kitchen cooking and fussing and laughing. The men would be yelling at the tv or arguing over books, tv or whatever. There would be so much food and special dishes and music and moms running around chasing babies. Turns out my pop pop was the one that held those traditions together and since his passing we havent had dinners like that since but i can clearly remember them and hope to create them with my own family now.

  30. Maylinda Detweiler says

    My ham is similar to yours, but my glaze is a little different – during the last 15 minutes I take off the lid (or foil) and pour over a can of cherry pie filling and spread it all over the ham and put it back in the oven to warm through. Everybody asks for the recipe for the delicious “cherry glaze” and it’s just a can of pie filling! Yum!!!

  31. Stephen Zandy says

    Question for anyone. I bought the shank portion of a ham today. It’s one of the water added kind.

    Do I need to let it cook 2 hours? I don’t want it to dry out.


    Steve Zandy

  32. Barbara Miller says

    Dad was in the Army when I was growing up and we lived near several different Army Bases. During the summer we would come home to TN and stay with my granny and paw McCulloch, that’s my mom’s parents, for two weeks. Every Sunday she would make fried chicken with pan gravy, biscuits, baked white sweet potatoes, green beans, sliced tomatoes and dried apple stack cake for dessert. She made the best fried chicken ever. I loved to dip my finger shaped white sweet potato in my gravy just like paw did.

  33. Sharon says

    All my aunts, uncles and cousins gathered fot Sunday dinner at Grandma Wyatts house. While we kids played “Annie Over”, took turns on the tire swing, or played “freeze tag”, the ladies sweated over a hot stove in the un-air-conditioned kitchen, and the men sat smoking on the screened-in back porch
    It was the 50s after all. The littlest kids and the men ate first; then the older kids and ladies got a turn. The menu usually consisted of chicken (fried or with dressing) and whatever vegetables were growing in Grandma’s garden. After everyone finished the leftovers were covered with a clean tablecloth until the next feeding. And since there were no microwaves back then, we ate leftovers at room temperature and never got food poison, lol!

  34. UmMa says

    Christy, I have made this before and want to do again (and have checked a lot of the comments) but have a question that may be covered somewhere and I missed it. Can you use bottle Dr. Pepper in this or does it need to be can? Sometimes it seems the can has more fizz but I happen to have a bottle one at home.

  35. oldnuke says

    Favorite Sunday dinner: It had to be Frikadeller, parsley potatoes, and creamed peas and carrots.

    Having a Danish mother and a father from Mississippi had its advantages in terms of food! No skinny kids in our household.

    I still take time to cook grits on Sunday morning. When I was a student at Mississippi State, I had them every morning in the cafeteria. Now I limit myself to once a week.

    I still miss that cafeteria and the locally-grown produce forty-plus years later.

  36. Robyn B. says

    Hi Christy! I’m really excited to try this recipe! Do you think this recipe would work with a 6-pound boneless, fully cooked, smoked ham? My husband received one from his job as a gift and we plan on using it for our Christmas supper. Thanks so much and thanks for the wonderful recipes and stories! Those stories certainly take me back home!

  37. UmMa says

    Merry Christmas Christy! Made one of your hams for Thanksgiving and fixing to make another one for Christmas! It is a great recipe and I so appreciate you sharing it (and others) with all of us!


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