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Baked Ham with Grilled Pineapple and Pomegranate Pineapple Glaze

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A Recipe from the Blog "A Bountiful Kitchen"
Baked Ham with Grilled Pineapple and Pomegranate Pineapple Glaze

Preparing a Snake River Farms Whole Bone-In ham is surprisingly easy. With a little more effort, you can create something truly memorable, like this Baked Ham with Grilled Pineapple and Pomegranate Pineapple Glaze

which comes to us from writer Si Foster and her blog "A Bountiful Kitchen." The smoky savory flavor of our Kurobuta ham blends wonderfully with the sweetness of pineapple and the tart bite of pomegranate.

INGREDIENTS

1 - Bone in Kurobuta Ham, 12-15 lbs*
1 Fresh Pineapple

GLAZE

1 1/2 cups pomegranate juice (sold in refrigerated section of grocery)*
8 oz can crushed pineapple, not drained, or 8 oz fresh chopped pineapple
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon prepared yellow mustard
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1/4 cup cold water
2 teaspoons cornstarch

HAM AND OVEN PREP

About an hour before cooking, remove ham from refrigerator. Unwrap and place on roasting rack or place in roasting pan or pan that will hold the meat and catch the juices, fat side up.

Place rack on lower third of oven, remove any racks above that will interfere with cooking of ham.

FOR SAUCE

In a small saucepan whisk together juice, crushed pineapple, brown sugar, soy sauce, mustard and Worcestershire sauce. Cook over medium high heat for about 5 minutes.

Whisk together 1/4 cup cold water and 2 teaspoons cornstarch in a measuring cup until smooth.

Slowly add the cornstarch mixture to the juice mixture in the pan, leaving the pan on heat. Reduce the heat to medium and continue to cook and whisk until slightly thickened. This will take about a minute. Cook for about 2 minutes and reduce heat again to low. When sauce is thickened a bit, turn heat off and leave on stove.

Place ham in oven for about 1 hour, uncovered.

After one hour, slide rack out of oven, and pour about 3/4 cup of glaze over ham, making sure to cover all surfaces facing upward. Use a brush if needed. Slide the ham back in the oven, continue to cook until internal temperature reaches 140 degrees.

Remove from oven. Place a little more glaze on the ham if desired. Serve the remaining glaze with the ham on the side.

FOR GRILLED PINEAPPLE

Lay pineapple on side, cut off top and end. Slice the remaining pineapple into 1/4 to 1/2 inch slices.

Brush pineapple lightly with olive oil or canola oil. Grill over medium high heat on bbq grill until lightly golden, or broil on cookie sheet in oven for about 2-3 minutes or slightly softened.

TIPS

-Allow several days for ham to thaw in refrigerator.

-Use a meat thermometer to gauge the internal temperature of ham. I like the oxo instant read thermometer, or a good old fashioned meat thermometer from the grocery store will work as well.

-If you purchase a 14 lb ham, you will need to allow 4-4 1/2 hours for warming in oven. Also allow about 10-15 minutes before carving ham after removing from oven.

-If you are not using an instant read thermometer, make sure your thermometer is facing the oven door, so you can peek at it occasionally and see the internal temp of the ham. You don't want to have to open the oven every time you take a peek at the meat!

-If your ham looks like it is drying out, cover loosely with foil and continue warming.

-If you like to serve lots of sauce with your ham, double the sauce recipe.

*you may use a boneless ham as well, the cooking/warming time will need to be reduced most likely. Follow package instructions.

**You may also substitute cherry or orange juice for the pomegranate juice.

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