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Cajun Easter Ham Recipe


Cajun Easter Ham                             


1 (6 to 7 pound) boneless ham
2 whole yams
2 whole Bartlett pears
1/4 cup butter
1/2 cup onions, chopped
1/2 cup celery, chopped
1/4 cup green bell pepper, chopped
1/4 cup red bell pepper, chopped
1/4 cup garlic, diced
1/4 cup raisins
1/4 cup fig preserves
1/2 cup pecans, chopped
pinch of cinnamon
pinch of nutmeg
pinch of filé (optional)
salt and cracked black pepper to taste
6 Bartlett pears, halved

***CAJUN GLAZE ***
1 cup cane syrup
1 cup Creole mustard
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon cracked black pepper
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground filé or sassafras leaves



Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Poach yams and pears in hot water until tender but not overcooked. Drain and chop into 1-inch cubes. Set aside. In a heavy-bottom sauté pan melt butter over medium-high heat. Add onions, celery, bell peppers and garlic. Sauté until vegetables are wilted, approximately 3 to 5 minutes. Add yams, pears, raisins and figs and continue to sauté until mixture is well blended and resembles a chutney or stuffing. Season with a pinch of cinnamon, nutmeg and filé. Remove and allow to cool. Slice ham horizontally across the middle and fill the center of ham with stuffing mixture about 3/4-inch. Top with upper section of ham and secure in place with skewers. Garnish top of ham with pear halves and glaze ham with Cajun glaze. Bake 20-30 minutes.

CAJUN GLAZE

In a stainless steel mixing bowl, combine all ingredients. Blend well and brush over ham prior to baking

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