A succulent ham is a classic centerpiece for many holiday meals, but have you ever tried a pineapple and honey glazed ham? This twist on the traditional recipe adds juicy pineapple chunks and a touch of sweetness for a unique and tropical flavor that your guests will love.
- 1 fully cooked bone-in ham (8-10 pounds)
- 1 can of pineapple chunks (20 oz.), drained and juice reserved
- 1/2 cup of honey
- 1/2 cup of brown sugar
- 1/4 cup of Dijon mustard
- 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar
- 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon of ground cloves
- Preheat your oven to 325°F.
- Place the ham in a roasting pan and use a sharp knife to score the surface in a diamond pattern.
- In a medium bowl, mix together the reserved pineapple juice, honey, brown sugar, Dijon mustard, apple cider vinegar, cinnamon, and cloves.
- Brush the glaze over the ham, making sure to get it into the scored diamond pattern.
- Arrange the pineapple chunks around the ham, and pour any remaining glaze over the pineapple.
- Cover the ham and pan with foil and bake for 1 1/2 to 2 hours, or until the internal temperature reaches 140°F.
- Remove the foil and bake for an additional 30 minutes, basting with the pan juices every 10 minutes.
- Let the ham rest for 15 minutes before carving and serving.
- If you prefer a spicier glaze, you can add a pinch of cayenne pepper or red pepper flakes to the mix.
- For a more intense pineapple flavor, you can also use crushed pineapple instead of chunks.
- Serve the ham with a side of roasted or grilled vegetables for a balanced and flavorful meal.
A pineapple and honey glazed ham is an easy and delicious way to add a tropical twist to your holiday table. The sweet and tangy glaze, combined with the juicy pineapple, will make this ham a standout dish that your family and friends will love. Don't be afraid to experiment with different spices and ingredients to make it your own.