This succulent Pineapple Baked Ham, coated in a rich brown sugar glaze and generously topped with crushed pineapple, is oven-baked to achieve caramelized perfection. This straightforward and delectable spiral ham dish is perfect for any festive occasion, be it Easter, Christmas, or Thanksgiving.
Indulge in the heavenly flavors of this Brown Sugar Pineapple Baked Ham! It’s a remarkably simple and swift recipe that envelopes the ham in pineapple and bakes it to a tender and juicy state. This savory delight is an ideal centerpiece for your Easter or Christmas feast.
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I’m thrilled about our upcoming Brown Sugar Pineapple Baked Ham, a dish that’s become a favorite during Easter and Christmas celebrations. This exquisite ham recipe promises outstanding results every time. To create this dish, you’ll need just a few basic ingredients: brown sugar, pineapple tidbits in a can, Dijon mustard, garlic cloves, and bone-in ham. The bone-in ham is particularly ideal for this recipe, offering both exceptional flavor and tenderness, and it also presents beautifully when served. Easter holds significant importance in Christian traditions. In the United States, it often aligns with Spring Break, providing a perfect opportunity for families to come together in celebration. With many gathering in one place, it’s practical to prepare meals that can cater to large groups. This Baked Ham with its Pineapple Brown Sugar Glaze is not only a stunning centerpiece but also requires minimal active preparation time.
My family has a strong preference for Honey Baked Ham, not the homemade kind, but specifically the one you order from a catalog or purchase from a particular store. However, I recently persuaded them to experiment with a new variety of ham. This alternative is just as sweet but introduces a fruity twist and the rich taste of caramelized brown sugar. We tried the Brown Sugar Pineapple Ham, and while it won’t replace our beloved honey-baked option, it’s certainly earned a spot in our ham selection.
This recipe works with either a traditional bone-in ham or a spiral cut one. To ensure the flavor thoroughly penetrates the meat, especially with a non-spiral ham, the initial step is to score the ham in a crisscross pattern. Use a sharp knife to make diagonal cuts approximately one inch apart and a quarter inch deep across the ham’s surface. Next, the ham is roasted, bathed in an abundance of delicious ingredients.
Begin by preparing the sauce in a saucepan. This involves simmering a combination of brown sugar, pineapple tidbits with their juice, Dijon mustard, and ground cloves until the sauce thickens. Next, generously apply this sauce over the ham, ensuring to work it into the incisions made earlier. Proceed to bake the ham. The primary goal of baking is to thoroughly heat the ham and melt some of the fat, which should take approximately ninety minutes. However, it’s important to revisit the oven every thirty minutes to reapply the glaze on the ham. By the completion of the cooking process, the ham should have a sticky, caramelized, and delectable coating. This dish is straightforward to prepare, yet it’s perfectly suited for a festive occasion.
The Allure of Our Beloved Spiral Ham Recipe
This recipe became a family favorite after my Mom prepared it for Christmas dinner several years ago. It epitomizes the classic spiral ham with its irresistible sweet and savory blend, making it an ideal choice for your festive meals. Here are the reasons for its popularity:
– Simplicity: Being pre-cooked and pre-sliced, spiral ham is incredibly straightforward to prepare, carve, and serve.
– Rich in Flavor: The combination of brown sugar, cola, mustard, and pineapples forms a glaze that is both sweet and tantalizingly tasty.
– Remarkably Tender: Regular basting during the baking process ensures the ham remains succulent and flavorful.
Enhanced Brown Sugar and Pineapple Ham Recipe
This recipe for spiral ham is enhanced by its glaze. Opting for dark brown sugar over light is recommended, as its higher molasses content yields a deeper and more robust flavor. Nonetheless, light brown sugar can be employed as a substitute if needed.
Incorporating soda into the ham glaze introduces a delightful sweetness and contributes to its syrupy texture. This ingredient is also known for its ability to tenderize meat. For a unique twist, consider using plain cola or Dr. Pepper, which imparts a distinctive flavor for an additional zest.
For convenient storage of leftovers, slice the entire ham. Then, either place these slices in a sealable bag or layer and securely wrap them in aluminum foil. Stored this way in the refrigerator, the ham remains good for up to four days.
If preserving the pineapple chunks is desired, gather them separately and store in a different container in the refrigerator. While it’s acceptable to store the ham and pineapple together, be mindful that it might become somewhat untidy.
Freezing and Reheating Instructions
For freezing, first cut the ham into slices. Then, wrap the slices in groups using plastic wrap or aluminum foil. Place these wrapped slices into a bag that’s safe for freezing, ensuring it’s properly sealed. Ham leftovers can be frozen like this for up to two months.
When you’re ready to reheat, take a group of slices out and let them thaw in the refrigerator. To warm them up, place the ham in an oven preheated to 325°F and heat until it’s thoroughly warm.
This oven-baked spiral ham is a perfect choice for holiday feasts or delightful family meals. It complements a wide range of side dishes. For a speedy option, pair it with Instant Pot Scalloped Potatoes. It also matches well with Air Fried Broccoli, pineapple bread pudding, and corn casserole.