Use a slow cooker for the Easter ham; it's tasty, and frees the oven up for other brunchlike duties.
This is the only way I cook a big ham these days, with lots of brown sugar in a slow cooker. The method frees up the oven for other dishes.
A 5-quart slow cooker can hold up to a 10-pound ham. Do not let the ham touch the top of the cooker; cut the ham to fit the cooker, if necessary. You won't need to add any water to the slow cooker because ham contains a significant amount of water.
Not making a big ham? This brown sugar approach also works if it's only a few slices of ham that you cook on top of the stove in a skillet.
BROWN SUGAR HAM
• Brown sugar (for an 8-lb. ham, about 2 c.)
• Ham (chunk or slices)
In a slow cooker or skillet, sprinkle half the brown sugar. Place ham, flat side down, on sugar and sprinkle remaining brown sugar on top.
In a slow cooker, heat on low for 6 to 8 hours, or on high for about 3 hours. In a skillet, cook until meat is thoroughly heated through and sugar has melted and caramelized on meat.
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