Hamming It Up

It was another snow day for us, and that meant it was another good day to have the oven on. And it was a good day to roast a ham too. I love ham no matter how it is cooked, but I have to admit, the ham itself can be a little boring. The sauce is what brings it to life.

As you all know, I love my foods with a bit of a kick. I like to spice things up as much as I can. My ham is no exception. This time I kicked it up by adding a spicy-sweet sauce, made from chipotle peppers, crushed pineapple, orange marmalade, and a dash of two of tequila. In a word …. YUM!

I served my ham with some mashed sweet potatoes made with maple syrup and topped with toasted pecans, some roasted winter vegetables and biscuits, with a dry slightly citrusy chardonnay on the side. It was perfect comfort food for a cold wintery day.

Ham with Chipotles, Crushed Pineapple, and Orange Marmalade

1 cooked ham on the bone, about 6-8 lbs

1/2 cup crushed pineapple, with the juice

1/2 cup orange marmalade

1/4 cup brown sugar

2 TBSP Dijon mustard

2 TBSP tequila, optional

2 TBSP chipotle peppers with sauce, minced

Preheat the oven to 325*F or about 160* C.

Place the ham in a deep baking dish, fat side up. I like to line mine with aluminum foil. It makes for a much easier clean up process.

Score the ham by cutting diamond patterns into the fat portion of the ham. Roast for about 2 hours or until the internal temperature of the ham reaches about 125* F.

To make the sauce, combine all the ingredients together into a sauce pan. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer and continue to cook for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

When the ham reaches 125* internally, remove the ham from the oven and turn up the temperature to 400* F or about 200*C . Generously spread the glaze over the top of the ham and place it back in the oven to continue cooking for about 30-40 minutes.

When the ham is done, remove it from the oven and allow it to cool for a few minutes before slicing.

When the ham is sliced, top it with some of the extra sauce and serve it with your favorite side dishes. This same sauce can also be used for pork loin, chicken or turkey too. It is a hearty sauce, so it needs to be served with a hearty meat.

Stay warm, stay safe and stay well. ‘Til next time.

Author: ajeanneinthekitchen

I have worked in the restaurant and catering industry for 35 years. I attended 2 culinary schools in Southern California, and have a degree in culinary arts from the Southern California School of Culinary Arts, as well as a few other degrees in other areas. I love to cook and I love to feed people.

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