Recipe: Baked Ham with Pineapple

Baked Ham with Pineapple
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We all know that you have always wanted to make a beautiful looking ham like this.  Don’t be intimidated by the picture – you can do this!

Did you know that the pineapple is a symbol of welcoming hospitality? Yes, it’s true!  In the Caribbean, Europe and North America, the pineapple became associated with the return of ships from extended voyages, and therefore is associated with welcPineappleoming others.  You might have seen pineapples in stained glass kitchen windows or in wood carvings in the entryways of homes.  They are there to welcome you.


1 fully cooked bone-in ham (6 to 8 pounds)
Whole cloves
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup pineapple juice
1 can (8 ounces) sliced pineapple, drained
5 maraschino cherries


  1. Place ham in roasting pan.
  2. Score the surface with shallow diagonal cuts, making diamond shapes; insert cloves into diamonds.
  3. Cover and bake at 325° for 1-1/2 hours.
  4. Combine brown sugar and pineapple juice; pour over ham.
  5. Arrange pineapple and cherries on ham. 
  6. Bake, uncovered, 30-45 minutes longer or until a meat thermometer reads 140° and the ham is heated through.

Food Mingle Blog Alternatives and Substitutions:

  •  For a little bit more tartness, considering substituting pomegranate juice for 1/2 of the pineapple juice.
  • You can use the juice from the canned pineapples as the pineapple juice referenced in the recipe.

Yield: 16-20 servings

Adapted from: Originally published as Baked Ham with Pineapple in Taste of Home October/November 2000, p37



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