Retro, retro ham

By Katherine

Roasted pineapple and cherries look sexy

Sometimes an image burns in your mind and try as you might you just can’t let it go. Maybe it was flipping through the 1960s era cookbook my mother gave me with pictures of honey hams dotted with cloves. Or perhaps it was seeing the grocery store flier and connecting the dots, hey look ham’s on sale, so is pineapple. Or maybe we can blame the lovely and talented Kay over at Pure Complex who tried our baked ham with molasses and bourbon and swapped out bourbon for pineapple juice. In any case, I decided to make a glazed ham with pineapple rings and maraschino cherries. (Next week, we’ll feature a green jello mold.) The results were surprisingly good. Save a step and buy a can of pineapple rings, seriously. You can use the juice for basting and the slices will be uniform and moist. I used a fresh pineapple, and no amount of basting kept the pineapples from getting crispy around the edges. OK, I was watching a Guiding Light marathon too.

Glazed ham with pineapple and cherries

  • 1 smoked bone-in ham (10-12 pounds)
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup sorghum molasses or honey
  • 1/4 cup Dijon mustard
  • 1/8 tsp ground cloves
  • 1 tbsp stone-ground mustard
  • about 10 pineapple rings
  • about 10 maraschino cherries

Preheat oven to 350. Trim thick rind and as much fat as possible from ham. Score a crisscross diamond pattern across the surface. Set on a rack in a roasting pan. Combine ingredients for glaze, reserving fruit. Starting at the butt end (ha, ha) spread glaze evenly over ham. Arrange the pineapple rings, securing with cherries and toothpicks in the center. Pour pineapple juice from can in the bottom of the pan and add about a cup of water. Bake for about 90 minutes, or about 10 minutes per pound. Baste every 15 minutes. Let ham rest for about 10 minutes before carving. Eat a few cherries while waiting.

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86 Responses to Retro, retro ham

  1. Hey, some things never change – it looks good to me! This was the way mom always fixed her ham!

  2. Shades of my youth!! There’s a reason the ham-and-pineapple combination was so popular then–and has never quite lost its following. Thanks for the dandy revivalist version!

  3. I don’t know — I had this with canned pineapple many a time in my youth and was thrilled to see you using fresh. Mom just bought a huge ham (because it was on sale), so maybe I’ll fancy some up with fresh pineapple and see what I think.

  4. rutheh says:

    We’d have the ham (yes, I am retro) and a side of lemon jello with grated carrots, a can of crushed pineapple and fresh juice from 1 lemon and a pinch of salt.

    • katherine says:

      Oh my aunt used to make ambrosia, and carrot salad. Those were the only things she could make and we’d fill up on them. She was a dreadful cook, bless her heart. (If you say that it absolves you of all guilt you know. I’ve learned that from living in the South!)

  5. nrhatch says:

    What’s wrong with crunchy bits?
    I love grilled pineapple . . . especially if it’s FRESH!

    Can’t wait for the Jello mold recipe ~ do NOT use FRESH pineapple in the jello or you’ll have juice, not jello. 😉

  6. Retro ham looks good! Hope you had prawn cocktail to start and balck forest gateau for pud! seriously though, very tasty looking ham 🙂

    • katherine says:

      My mom’s favorite quick dessert growing up was canned peaches, on cottage cheese, on a leaf of lettuce. She would make that just for dad sometimes.

  7. Very retro and very colorful. It’s time to bring some things back I think 🙂

  8. Joanne Ozug says:

    Mmm…I love pineapple (though I have a mild allergic reaction to it, sadly). I still eat it sometimes though and just deal with it hahaha. Yummy recipe!

  9. wok with ray says:

    This retro ham looks succulent and with the pineapple is even better.

  10. Wait.. Guiding Light still comes on? Lol I didn’t know it did. But anywho, put the blame on me.. I don’t mind :). And this post comes at an amazing time. Me and my mom was talking about your ham recipe because we will be making another ham on Christmas. This time I will try to take a photo before anyone eats it and there isn’t anything to take a photo of lol. Can you tell I am excited.. your recipe was great! Thanks for the mention.. I’m so happy you guys are apart of my blog family 🙂

    • katherine says:

      Back at you Kay. The Guiding Light went off the air a few years ago, but had a really long run. My mom used to watch that show religiously and as a kid I had a sense of time built around 3 p.m. I kid you not. I didn’t wear a watch, but would be playing, stop what I was doing and get home at 2:57. We still sometimes make jokes like “I’m coming bubba.” Oh and my mom loved Dallas. We had to be home at 9.m. for her to watch it. The kids were not allowed to of course!

  11. Katherine, thank you! Baked ham is on the menu for tomorrow night, and I’m grateful for all the tips I can get! 🙂

  12. Charles says:

    Ah, ham and pineapple – this always makes me think of my school meals! We usually get it once every two or three weeks. I loved it a lot to be honest, although I never saw it with a cherry on top!

  13. Carolyn Chan says:

    Ooh ham and pineapple is one of my favourite combinations ! The salt and sweet work sooo well.

  14. Sissi says:

    It sounds so simple and looks so gorgeous I’m trying to think baking ham is a piece of cake!

    • katherine says:

      Funny you mention that, when I pulled it out of the oven it looked like a cake, but one you’d see on Cake Wrecks. I didn’t cut the pineapples too evenly, but it still tasted wonderful.

  15. Eva Taylor says:

    Dare I say that I remember having this ham In the late 60s and early 70s (my mom used to make it!). The pineapple is a worthy partner but the cherries? Who thought of that! I think I would prefer your bourbon sauce instead of pineapple juice.

  16. My mother made her ham this way. Pineapple and ham just go together. Add the molasses and you really have a treat.

  17. niasunset says:

    Beautiful…. so artistic. Thank you dear Rufus, with my love, nia

  18. As long as you REALLY enjoyed it, and not just ‘ironically’… 😉

  19. I missed that this was a Katherine post and had a good laugh at Greg watching a Guiding light marathon. 😉 Some classics are just perfect as-is. Take care!

  20. Why do I suddenly feel like flying to Hawaii for the holidays now? Great looking ham!

  21. zestybeandog says:

    I LOVE ham, this recipe looks wonderful! I also wanted to let you know that I’ve selected you for the Versatile Blogger Award. You can find out about why I selected you and what you need to do in my link below. Cheers!

  22. ceciliag says:

    My Mum used to make her ham with the pineapple rings too, i had forgotton all about that! c

  23. ChgoJohn says:

    It may be retro but it sure is good, crunchy bits and all. Thanks for a real blast from the past!

  24. egg me on says:

    This is what I’m imaging right now: An apron-clad Katherine baking this ham (in between Guiding Light commercial breaks), and then greeting Greg at the door with a nice stiff drink. Then serving up your ham slices, along with the aforementioned green Jell-o mold. Okay, my 1960s daydream is over. Seriously though, great looking ham!

    • katherine says:

      Picture this instead, a flour-coated Katherine thinking ‘that rooster apron I picked out better be under the tree!’ nursing her third burn of the day as Greg walked in the door. I’m used to those heat resistant handles and forget they’re no longer heat resistant when you put them in the oven! Later that night, Greg said, ‘oh honey did you sit on the ground? Your jeans are all dirty.’ It was chocolate! I was baking all day.

  25. Kristy says:

    Mmmmmm. That looks delicious. My parents make a version of this every summer. And I think we’re making a ham for Christmas dinner. I better get on figuring that out…time is just slipping away on me this week! Ack! 🙂

  26. That does sound good – you know, I don’t think I’ve ever had this retro-style ham before. My grandparents (the cooks in the family!) were from Greece and didn’t adopt a lot of American recipes. But I love a good ham (especially a Virginia ham!), and I’m glad this turned out well!

  27. Ahhh, so festive and a classic.. I think that’s what makes this comfort food!

  28. joshuafagans says:

    The classics are classic for a reason. Look wonderful!

  29. Karen says:

    It may be retro but your sweet and salty ham go so well together. I think the crispy bits on the pineapple would be really good.

  30. For me this is soooooo 70’s! Class 🙂

  31. spicegirlfla says:

    As soon as I saw the photo, I thought of all your retro bowls! How fitting for this dish in your kitchen!! You can never go wrong with a classic dish!

    • katherine says:

      What’s funny is I didn’t get those from my mom. I keep seeing ones that she has or had in the thrift store. The brown one with the gold roosters for instance.

  32. Ginger says:

    Thank you, Darling! I am making my very first ham on Monday and I will be using this recipe! Yay, I can’t wait!! Happy holidays to the both of you!

  33. eva626 says:

    o0o la la la…

    looks like you guys had a date night. looks very fancy!

    • katherine says:

      Ha, we often have date nights at home. I try to make a nice meals on Saturdays when he works. He does most of the weeknight cooking and loves cooking Sundays too.

  34. Caroline says:

    I’m just excited to see this green jell-o mold you speak of. Makes me think of Chevy Chase’s Christmas Vacation when Aunt Bethany brings her jell-o mold, haha. I’m sure yours would be much more appealing. Anyways, this ham sounds delicioso!

    • katherine says:

      Oh and when Eddie licks her finger, I go eww every time. You know I was just joking about the jello mold, but I might just have to make one now. I still have that giant jar of cherries.

  35. jo-lyn says:

    mmmm ham n’ pineapple nothin says home cookin’ more than that! nom nom nom

  36. lol – very sexy! In a 1960’s house wife donned in an apron and high heels kinda way.

  37. Love the cherry garnish. Absolutely retro!

  38. rsmacaalay says:

    We always have ham during Christmas, the recipe is nearly the same apart from some cloves that we use

  39. Kas says:

    My sister, the inventor of the Atkins diet, would kill for this. KILL, I tell you.

  40. This is the kind of ham I grew up on.
    Love it!

  41. Scrumptious!
    🙂 Mandy

  42. I’ve always loved the combination of ham and pineapple, this seems like it would be no exception!

  43. rutheh says:

    Katherine and Greg Know you are busy cooking and photographing, sipping and posting but am working on a blog project for 2012 and want to ask you to consider participating.
    Want to see where my blog travels and illustrate it. I would love to “travel” to you and visit via the USPS snail mail and have you photograph “me” wherever you want to take me, Like the FLAT STANLEY project.
    Email me your snail mail address and then “cardboard me”(the two dimensional style) will be sent to you. Shoot photo(s) of “cardboard me” wherever you want to take me or I can help out in the kitchen, then write a few sentences about location, you, your blog, how you came to find my blog, anything you wish. You will be a guest blogger when I post your photos.
    What do you think?
    Email snail address to if you can. Hope you can do it. Thanks

  44. Ginger says:

    I just wanted to let you know that I made this retro, retro ham yesterday and it was a HUGE hit! Every one complimented on how beautiful it looked and even better how absolutely delicious it was! It made my house smell so yummy, too!

    Thanks so much for making my first ever ham so easy and perfect! Happy Holidays to the both of you! Cheers and much love!

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