Marjorie Reynolds, who danced to stardom with Fred Astaire in Paramount’s Holiday Inn, and is now playing in Bring on the Girls and the Sol Lesser comedy 3 Is a Family, does a fine job in the kitchen too. Try her recipe for Baked Ginger-Glazed Ham, and you’ll see what we mean.
When hams are plentiful it really isn’t an extravagance to buy a whole one, even for a small family, if you are a clever cook. Because after its appearance as star of a company dinner, the ham can make many return engagements in such a variety of unusual and delicious main dishes that you’ll be sorry to see the last of it.
|Recipe page from the March 1945 Movies magazine.|
So the next time you can buy a whole ham, why not give a dinner party with Marjorie Reynolds’ fine recipe to make the occasion a rousing success? If you serve it on St. Patrick’s Day, here’s the menu Marjorie suggests:
- Grapefruit Cup
- Baked Ginger-Glazed Ham
- Creamed Spinach
- Mashed Potatoes
- Watercress Salad
- Blue Cheese Dressing
- Hot Baking Powder Biscuits
- Peppermint Ice Cream (tinted green)
And here is the recipe for the star of the show:
BAKED GINGER-GLAZED HAM
Select a tender (uncooked) smoked ham, weighing 10-14 pounds. Place fat side up on rack in open roasting pan. If a meat thermometer is used, insert it in thickest part of ham, being sure bulb does not rest on bone.
Bake in a moderately slow oven (325°F.), allowing 18-20 minutes per pound or until thermometer reads 160°F. One hour before ham is done, remove from oven. Peel off skin. Score fat in crisscross diagonal lines, to form diamonds, using a sharp knife.
Insert a whole clove in the center of each diamond. Spread with prepared mustard. Pat in mixture of 1/2 cup brown sugar and 1 tablespoon flour. Pour over about 1/2 cup dry ginger ale.
Return to oven. Bake 1 hour longer, basting at 20-minute intervals with ginger ale, using 2 cups in all.