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Welcome to the Local Cuisine page! Every month we will feature a recipe for a typical Aruban dish or delicacy. You can print out this page and start up your own Aruban recipe book! If you're interested, you can also check out some of the experts on Aruban cuisine.

This Month's Recipe: Christmas Roasted Ham 


  • 1 Fully cooked whole boneless ham Mustard original
  • 1/2 cup whole cloves
  • 1 can pineapple slices in heavy syrup
  • 1 jar whole maraschino cherries Juice
  • 1/2 cup cooking red wine (must be sweet) Worcestershire to taste Sugar or maraschino cherries juice to taste Pineapples heavy syrup


Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (160 degrees C). Place ham in a roasting pan and spread a thin layer of mustard on top. Score the rind of the ham with a diamond pattern. Press a clove into the center of each diamond. Drain the juice from the pineapple slices into a medium bowl, and stir in the 1/2 cup cooking red wine, sugar or maraschino cherries juice, and Worcestershire sauce. Coat the ham with this mixture. Arrange the pineapple slices over the outside of the ham. Place a maraschino cherry in the center of each pineapple ring, and secure it with a toothpick.

Bake uncovered for 4 to 5 hours, basting frequently with the juices until the internal temperature of the ham is 160 degrees F (72 degrees C). Remove toothpicks before serving.

Tip: For a merrier taste inject the ham with the red wine before inserting it in the oven.

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