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Stuffed Company Ham

This beautiful ham and sweet baked pears make an extra special meal.—Violet Klause, Onoway, Alberta
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Bake: 3-1/2 hours
  • Makes
    12-14 servings


  • 2 pounds bulk pork sausage
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 unpeeled apple, diced
  • 3 cups soft bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup prepared mincemeat
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 1 fully cooked boneless ham (6 to 7 pounds)
  • 1/2 cup apple jelly or honey
  • 3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 6 ripe pears, peeled, halved and cored
  • 1 cup chutney
  • 1/2 cup apple juice
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted


  • In a skillet, cook sausage over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Add the celery, onion and apple; cook over low heat until celery is tender, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat; stir in crumbs, mincemeat, parsley and thyme. Mix well.
  • On top of ham, cut two full-length wedges, about 1 in. wide and 3/4 in. deep, 3 in. apart. Spoon about 1/2 cup of the stuffing into each wedge. Place remaining stuffing in a greased 1-1/2-qt. covered baking dish; cover and refrigerate. Remove from refrigerator after the ham has baked for 1-3/4 hours.
  • Place ham on a rack in a shallow roasting pan; cover loosely with foil. Bake at 325° for 2-1/4 hours. In a saucepan, heat jelly and mustard until jelly is melted. Brush some over ham; return ham to oven. Bake, uncovered, for 30 minutes, brushing occasionally with jelly mixture. Place reserved stuffing in the oven and bake covered.
  • For pears, mix water and lemon juice. Dip pears in water mixture; drain. Place cut side up in a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Mix chutney and apple juice; pour over pears. Drizzle with butter.
  • Remove ham from oven; cover with foil and let stand 30 minutes before slicing. Bake stuffing along with pears 30 minutes longer. Baste pears occasionally.

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