Hey there, folks! I’m thrilled to share my tried-and-true recipe for Southern Baked Ham with Pineapple Honey Glaze. It’s incredibly easy to make and the flavors are mouthwatering. So, let’s dive right in.
10-12 lb fully cooked Ham
20 oz canned Pineapple Slices (with pineapple juice)
1/4 cup Honey
1/2 cup Brown Sugar
1/2 tsp Ground Cloves
1/2 tsp Cinnamon
1 tbsp Cornstarch
1 tbsp Water
Maraschino Cherries, for topping
Let’s Get Cooking this Southern Baked Pineapple and Honey Glazed Ham:
Preheat the Oven
Start by preheating your oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit (163 degrees Celsius). Creating the perfect ham begins with the right temperature.
Craft the Glorious Honey Glaze
In a saucepan, blend the saved pineapple juice with brown sugar, ground cloves, and cinnamon. Introduce honey to the mix, creating a symphony of flavors. Now, it’s time to thicken things up with a cornstarch slurry.
Adding the Pineapple
Prepare your ham by inserting pineapple slices at an angle into the spiral cuts. This not only adds flavor but makes for a stunning presentation. Generously coat the ham with the luscious glaze, ensuring every inch is covered.
Cover the ham and the roasting pan with aluminum foil. This isn’t just about protecting your creation; it’s about letting the flavors meld and intensify.
Into the Oven, It Goes
Slide your ham into the preheated oven and set a timer for about 1.5 hours. This is your chance to baste and infuse that ham with the glaze. Open the oven every 30 minutes and baste the ham.
Unveiling the Pineapple and Honey Glazed Ham
After 1.5 hours, uncover the ham, add more glaze, and let it bake for another hour. Watch as the hams outer layer transforms and caramelizes. The aromas wafting through your kitchen at this point should be having you excited!
Awaiting the Finale
When the timer goes off, take out the ham and let it rest. Garnish with maraschino cherries for that final touch of elegance.
Slice, Serve, Savor the best Pineapple and Honey Glazed Ham
Now comes the rewarding part. Slice into your creation, serve it up, and taste how each bite is a testament to the perfect blend of sweet and savory. Pair this up with Creamy Mac and Cheese or any of my other recipes!
First things first, preheat your oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit (163 degrees Celsius)
Now, we’re going to create the glaze. In a saucepan, I’m combining the pineapple juice, brown sugar, ground cloves, and cinnamon. Stir until it’s all mixed nicely.
Next, we add the honey to the saucepan and continue to stir until everything is well combined.
In a separate bowl, mix cornstarch with an equal amount of cold water to create a cornstarch slurry.
Gradually pour the cornstarch slurry into the saucepan, all while stirring. This will help thicken up the glaze.
I’m heating the saucepan over medium-low heat and continuing to stir until the glaze thickens. Once it reaches the consistency I want, I’ll remove it from the heat.
Alright, now we have our glaze ready, so let’s move on to preparing the ham. I’m using a 10-12 lb fully cooked ham here. If your ham is spiral-cut like mine, insert the pineapple slices into the slices at an angle. This helps secure them in place, and I’m using toothpicks for extra security.
Now, pour some of that delicious glaze all over the ham. Make sure it’s coated well. Cover the ham and the roasting pan with aluminum foil. It’s important to leave a little space between the foil and the ham to avoid excessive browning.
The ham goes into the preheated oven at 325°F (163°C), and I’ll bake it for about 1.5 hours. During this time, set a timer to check and baste the ham with the glaze every 30 minutes.
After 1.5 hours, it’s time to pull the ham out of the oven. Remove the foil and add more of that tasty glaze over the top. Then, it goes back into the oven, uncovered. Continue baking for another hour or until the ham is fully heated through and has a beautiful glaze on the outside. I’ll keep checking for the desired level of doneness.
Once it’s done, I’ll remove the ham from the oven and let it rest for a few minutes. If you like, you can garnish it with maraschino cherries.
Finally, I’ll slice it up and serve my delicious Southern-baked ham with Pineapple Honey Glaze.
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