Moscow Style Ham with Cherry Mustard Glaze

This is my take on Moscow style ham, a specially brined ham, studded with garlic, which is unbelievably delicious
Moscow Style Ham

Moscow Style Ham with Cherry Mustard GlazeMoscow Style Ham with Mustard Cherry Glaze is my take on the wonderful specialty ham studded with garlic with a peppery bite to it. If you have not had it, I encourage you to find it and have it. In the meantime, please make this and wow your family and friends. Once you have had this style ham, you won’t go back.

I have been making sour cherry and Russian mustard glaze for ham for years.  This year, however, I had some leftover maraschino cherry juice.  The wonderful folks at King Arthur Flour have a method to make glace cherries out of regular maraschino cherries.  It’s really simple, and only uses a portion of the juice that’s in the jar, so there’s leftover. I don’t like throwing away leftovers, especially something as tasty as that. So, I was knocking my head thinking of what to do with it – after all, there’s only so many Shirley Temples a person can drink. Then, I thought, why not use it for glaze for my ham.

No Russian Mustard for Moscow Style Ham with Cherry Mustard Glaze?  No Problem.

If you have never had a Russian mustard, it’s very strong.  It’s my favorite for ham and cheese sandwiches. Unlike Dijon mustard, it has no wine.  It’s basically dry mustard, water, salt, and a little oil. It will remind you of spicy Chinese mustard, the kind that clears your sinuses so well. If you can’t find it, or you run out as I did, you can use a good Dijon mustard, a little dry mustard and a bit of horseradish to give it a kick. It’s what really brings out this Moscow style ham with maraschino cherry glaze.

I made this ham in my trusty Nesco roaster.  It’s a good thing that I did that because one of my guests needed to leave a lot earlier than expected and I didn’t want them to go home empty-handed. Luckily, the Nesco electric roaster cooks foods in a third less time than a conventional oven – and keeps foods moist as well. I didn’t realize that when I made the Cola Ham a few years ago – lesson learned – this ham, as you can see, turned out perfect.

Moscow Style Ham

Moscow Style Ham with Cherries

This is my take on Moscow style ham, a specially brined ham, studded with garlic, which is unbelievably delicious
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Resting Time: 20 minutes
Course: Dinner, Main, Main Course
Cuisine: Russian
Difficulty: Easy
Servings: 20
Calories: 224kcal


  • 1 bone-in half ham
  • 1/4 cup Cloves, whole

### For the Glaze ###

  • 2 tbsp Maraschino cherry juice
  • 1/2 cup Brown sugar
  • 1 tsp dry mustard
  • 2 tbsp Dijon Mustard
  • 1 tsp Horseradish
  • black pepper, Freshly ground

### For the Pan ###

  • 1/2 cup Maraschino cherry juice
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 clove garlic, sliced
  • 2 cups water


  • Mise en place
    Moscow Style Ham with Cherry Mustard Glaze
  • Combine glaze ingredients and stir well.
  • Preheat the roaster oven to 325.
  • Place rack in roaster. Place ham on the rack. Score ham on the back and on the front.
  • Stud ham with cloves in an interesting pattern, back only. You will have cloves leftover. Set them aside.
  • Paint ham with glaze. Paint the back and the front.
  • Grind pepper generously over the back of the ham.
  • Slice the garlic and put it into some of the slits you created when you scored the ham, front only. You will have garlic slices leftover. Set them aside.
  • Pour the remaining cherry juice, water, leftover cloves, leftover garlic slices, and bay leaf in the well of the Nesco.
  • Place cover on roaster and bake covered for an hour or until meat reaches 135.
  • Cover with the remaining glaze. Turn off the heat and let the ham rest.
    Moscow Style Ham with Cherry Mustard Glaze



Be generous with the black pepper.


Nutrition Facts
Moscow Style Ham with Cherries
Amount Per Serving
Calories 224 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Fat 13g20%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 6g
Cholesterol 39mg13%
Sodium 923mg40%
Potassium 260mg7%
Carbohydrates 7g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 11g12%
Protein 13g26%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Moscow Style Ham with Cherry Mustard Glaze

Moscow Style Ham with Cherry Mustard Glaze
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As an award-winning and serious home cook, I seriously believe there is no reason why you can't have a restaurant quality meal at home. One of the good things about eating at home is to save money, so armed with a good menu plan, a shopping list, and an appreciation of good food, we can all have gourmet food on a budget.

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