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Sunday Supper: Spiced Sour Cherry-Glazed Ham With Parsley Potatoes

January 12, 2013

Editor's note: Each Saturday afternoon we bring you a Sunday Supper recipe. Why on Saturday? So you have time to shop and prepare for tomorrow.

A tangy, spiced sour cherry glazed ham pairs with lemony parsley potatoes - the perfect update on a Southern classic. [Photograph: Jennifer Olvera]

There's a reason why ham is popular company fare: it feeds an army for not a lot of dough. My gripe is it's usually too sweet. This take eschews saccharine flavors in favor of savory, tangy, and just a little sweet and hot. Just be sure to add the glaze at the right time—you want to give it a chance to caramelize without burning. (I settled on 45 minutes before the ham is removed from the oven.) Sooner and it gets too dark; later and it looks like goop.

When finishing the potatoes, you can use kosher salt in place of coarse sea salt. But the crunch from a coarse finishing salt bodes particularly well.

As for leftovers, you may well have them. I'd recommend using the bone to make slow-cooked ham-lentil soup. Leftover meat is also perfect for a mushroom-laden, sherry-laced tetrazzini. It makes killer sandwiches too.

Feel free to make the glaze a day ahead—it'll be all the better for it. Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week. Stir a teaspoon into a quarter-cup of mayonnaise and spread it on leftover ham sandwiches during the week ahead.

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About the author: Jennifer Olvera is a veteran food and travel writer and author of "Food Lovers' Guide to Chicago." Follow her on Twitter @olverajennifer.

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