Thursday, December 22, 2011

Dijon-Pineapple Ham Glaze Recipe & Christmas Dinner Menu

While we have turkey on Thanksgiving, I usually serve ham for Christmas Day.  It works out well because I can use the ham bone and leftover meat to season my collard greens for New Years!  I take the easy route for Christmas and buy a fully cooked, bone-in ham that just requires heating before serving.  But to dress things up a bit, I make this Dijon-Pineapple Glaze.  The glaze is spread over the ham while its in the oven, then heated and served as a sauce to accompany the meat.

Dijon-Pineapple Glaze
(adapted from Kraft Foods recipe)

1 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup maple syrup or honey (I've also used the glaze packet included with the ham for the syrup)

1/4 cup Dijon mustard

1 can crushed pineapple, with juice (I chop up frozen pineapple or canned pineapple chunks in my Vitamix)

1 tablespoon corn starch

whole cloves

Maraschino cherries, halved (optional)

 Heat oven to temperature listed in cooking directions included with the ham.  Mix syrup, sugar and mustard until blended.  Spread a portion of the glaze over the ham.  Add cloves and cherries to the top of the ham.  Bake ham according to directions.

Before the ham is done cooking, combine remaining glaze with corn starch and crushed pineapple in a saucepan.  Bring to a boil over medium-high heat.  Cook and stir over medium-low heat for 5 minutes or until thickened.  Serve sauce alongside ham.


Christmas Dinner Menu

Ham with Dijon-Pineapple Sauce

Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecans

Macaroni & Cheeese

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  1. We love ham. My hubby got one but I am saving it til NYDay. I think I'll try that glaze.
    My almost son in law voted for me to cook Prime Rib again so that is what we will have Christmas Day. Really going to have a simple dinner-the rib, cheesy potatoes, salad, rolls and some kind of dessert.
    (I lurk over here frequently enjoy your blog)

  2. This glaze sounds wonderful! I wonder if it could work for turkey since I love, but can have ham. The salt content is too high, which contributes to my high blood pressure. :( Anyway, I will be keeping it simple for our Christmas dinner. We will be having Roasted Turkey Legs, Potatoes Au Gratin, Broccoli & Cheese Casserole, 2 Sweet Potato Pies, 1 Pecan Pie & a Lemon Cake w/homemade frosting. Is that considered simple? Lol

  3. Thanks Renee! Your Christmas dinner plans sound wonderful. Yours too Daisha! Lemon cake - yum!

    Mary Ellen