The iconic Easter ham gets an enticing update with a new-fashioned glaze of country mustard and fresh pineapple. The roasted fruit tastes like candy and is irresistible. Along with the mustard, it creates a sweet yet savory glaze and sauce to complement every slice of ham.
- 2 medium pineapples, peeled lengthwise, cored, and cut crosswise into 1/4-inch-thick slices
- 3 cups sugar
- 2 cups water
- 1/4 cup cup country-style mustard
- 1 smoked, bone-in ham (10 pounds), trimmed of excess skin and all but a 1/4-inch layer of fat
- 40 whole cloves
- 1 cup cup dry white wine
- Mustard greens, for garnish (optional)
Bring pineapples, sugar, and water to a boil in a large saucepan. Reduce heat; simmer, skimming foam. Cook until pineapples are translucent and mixture has reduced to 4 cups, 60 to 80 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl; let cool. Stir in mustard. (Glaze will keep, covered and refrigerated, for 3 days.)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees with rack in lowest position. Score ham with a sharp knife in a pattern of 1 1/4-inch diamonds. Press a clove into the center of each diamond. Place ham, cut side down, in a roasting pan; drizzle wine over top. Coat ham with half the glaze. Cover with parchment, then foil, and bake for 1 hour. Remove from oven.
Increase oven temperature to 425 degrees. Uncover ham, and coat with remaining glaze (some will fall to the bottom of the pan). Bake, uncovered, basting occasionally, until browned, 40 to 45 minutes. (Tent bone with foil if it becomes too dark.) Transfer ham to a cutting board; let rest for at least 30 minutes before carving. Serve with pan drippings and pineapple. Garnish with mustard greens if desired.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, April 2009