Skinny Recipe: Ham with Cherry Sauce

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This is part of my Thanksgiving recipe series. Every day leading up to Thanksgiving, I’ll share a new recipe to complete a wonderful, flavorful dinner without tons of added calories, fat and carbs. Check out past recipes here.

glazed ham with cherry sauce

Turn a plain baked ham into a festive holiday meal with this easy-to-make cherry sauce. Canned (or frozen) tart cherries, pineapple juice and Equal provide just enough sweetness, without the extra calories- save those for dessert!

Makes 16-24 servings, 3 ounces per serving


3-5 pound fully cooked ham
Whole cloves
Fresh parsley sprigs

2 cans (14.5 ounces each) red tart pitted cherries in juice, undrained
2/3 to 3/4 cup unsweetened pineapple juice
4 teaspoons lemon juice
1/4 cup cornstarch
1 cup Equal Spoonful or Granulated*

* May substitute 24 packets sweetener


For Ham, place meat in roasting pan; stud with cloves. Roast ham in preheated 325° F oven about 1-1/2 hours or until thermometer inserted in center of ham registers 160° F.

For Cherry Sauce, drain cherries, reserving juice in 2-cup glass measure. Add enough pineapple juice to make 2 cups. Combine juice mixture and lemon juice in medium saucepan. Whisk in cornstarch until smooth.

Heat to boiling, whisking constantly. Stir in cherries. Cook over medium heat 3 to 4 minutes or until heated through. Stir in Equal and food coloring. (Makes about 4-1/2 cups.)

Slice ham and arrange on platter. Place bowl of Cherry Sauce in the center. Garnish with parsley.

NOTE: 2 packages (16 ounces each) frozen unsweetened pitted cherries, thawed, can be substituted for canned cherries. Drain cherries thoroughly. Add enough pineapple juice to make 2 cups. Proceed as recipe directs.

Nutritional Information

Calories: 156
Cholesterol: 45mg
Fat: 5g
Carbohydrates: 9g
Protein: 18g
Sodium: 1,027mg

Posted on November 19, 2014 at 8:18 am

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