During Christmas dinners, the baked ham is a mainstay. A Christmas feast without the baked ham isn’t just Christmas at all and this year the ham would once again be baked. This time let it be a pineapple baked ham.
Ham is usually processed and flavored when you buy them in boxes and wrappers. So today you will learn how to enhance the flavor using pineapple.
Here are the ingredients:
- 1 Whole Ham, can be cured or smoked
- 1 package of pineapple-flavored gelatin
- ¼ cup of brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons of water
Preparing the Pineapple Baked Ham
To prepare you need to preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Get a 9×13 inch baking pan and coat it with cooking oil. Remove the skin from the ham and place it inside the baking pan with the fat side up.
Start mixing the pineapple-flavored gelatin with the brown sugar, and water. Mix it well until a paste is formed. Then start coating the ham with your pineapple paste. Once you are done with this, place the baking pan with the ham inside the oven.
Bake it for an hour or until it is cooked. Occasionally open the oven and coat the ham with the juices in the baking pan. Once it is cooked remove the baking pan with the ham. You can slice half of the ham to make it ready for your family to dive into or you can serve it whole in the dinner table.
There are several other ways to make the pineapple paste. You can use actual pineapple juice and honey instead of the gelatin and brown sugar. This will take more time to create the sticky texture since you are not using the gelatin form. The honey is responsible for turning the mix into pineapple paste. There is no need for water since you are using pure pineapple juice.
If you are used to the sweet taste of ham from past Christmas dinners then I suggest that you reinvent your pineapple bake ham. You can add a drizzle of argan oil into the mix to give it a nutty smell and taste together with the sweetness of the pineapple paste. You may need to taste test the new paste several times until you get the ideal flavor.
You will also need one of your kids to taste with you to help you determine if the dish will still be acceptable to your kids. You can get a piece of the ham and apply the new argan-flavored paste and see if your child will love the new flavor of the ham. Remember to apply the oil in small quantities and gradually go up if the taste is still barely noticeable.
The pineapple baked ham is a great main dish for the Christmas dinner. This is why only few people would dare to experiment on this one. It will take time to properly assess the use of argan oil on this dish but do not be afraid to try it.