Pineapple Glazed Ham is a stunning, holiday center piece! The classic combination of ham and pineapple shines with this holiday ham. Glazed with a sweet and sticky pineapple glaze and decorated with pineapple slices and maraschino cherries, this Pineapple Glazed Ham is a retro classic brought back to life!
What KJ Loves about this Recipe
I love how fun this retro classic is! Let’s bring it back into style, shall we? Decorating the ham with pineapple rings couldn’t be easier. Toothpicks help keep them in place while baking. The end result: a stunning baked ham! Trust me, this Pineapple Glazed Ham will be the center of attention on any holiday table.
What Kind of Ham to Use
First step in bringing this recipe to life is picking out a ham! Grocery stores are usually over-flowing with them during the holiday season and there are several different varieties to choose from. Whichever one you choose, make sure it is one that is pre-smoked or baked. That means, all we are doing when cooking it is adding flavor and bringing it up to temperature. Easy peasy!
- Bone-in ham: this is the selection I chose! It will take a bit longer to heat through as it has a bone in it, but the bone helps add flavor and keep things juicy.
- Boneless ham: easier to slice and serve and comes to temperature quicker than bone-in.
- Spiral-cut: this option also comes in bone-in or boneless options. No slicing necessary here at it is already spiral cut! Make sure to get the glaze down into all the slices as it cooks to help keep it moist. If using this option, it will be a pick trickier to decorate with the pineapple slices and cherries, but I believe in you!
The pineapple glaze is really what brings this ham recipe to life. It infuses the ham with wonderful pineapple flavor, all while keeping it moist. It’s a superstar! And guess what? Only 3 ingredients are needed to bring this glaze to life! Here’s what you’ll need:
- Pineapple juice – this is the base of the glaze and is packed full of pineapple flavor.
- Dijon mustard – Dijon mustard will give the glaze a wonderful savory taste that balances perfectly with the sweet pineapple.
- Apricot preserves – apricot pairs perfectly with pineapple and helps boost the fruity flavor! Plus, it will also help thicken the glaze.
Simmering the ingredients together thickens the glaze to be wonderfully sticky and delicious. Perfect for glazing a ham!
Glaze the ham with the glaze that is left, and then use the saved glaze for when the foil comes off of the ham and goes back into the oven to get all sorts of sticky and golden brown!
Decorating the Ham
An iconic part of this Pineapple Glazed Ham are the decorative pineapple slices and maraschino cherries. Even though they look extravagant, it couldn’t be easier to do! Follow these steps for an easily decorated ham:
- Pat the pineapple slices and maraschino cherries dry.
- Place the pineapple rings on top of the ham, and then use a toothpick or two to secure it into place. Repeat this process until all the slices are decorating the ham.
- Insert a toothpick into a cherry and then into the middle of each pineapple ring.
- Leave the toothpicks in while baking. Carefully remove the toothpicks before serving and the rings should hopefully stay in place! If not, it’s ok to leave the toothpicks in.
The end result is a gorgeous ham ready for it’s close-up shot. Get your camera ready!
Tips for Roasting a Ham
If you’ve never roasted a ham before, have no fear! A few simple tips to keep in mind will make this process a breeze:
- Have a roasting pan ready to go that fits your ham. Depending on what size of ham you buy, a standard 9×13 pan may be too small. I recommend having one of these roasting pans with a wire rack on hand.
- Cover with foil for half of the baking to help speed up the heating process.
- Have a meat thermometer on hand to know exactly when the ham is heated through.
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