Festive Pineapple Glazed Ham with Candied Sweet Potatoes

Festive Pineapple Glazed Ham with Candied Sweet Potatoes

Festive Pineapple Glazed Ham with Candied Sweet PotatoesFestive pineapple glazed ham is going to shine as the star of your Thanksgiving, Christmas table. You’ll be amazed how a few simple ingredients turns into the most delicious sweet, sticky glaze that pairs beautifully with ham.

Pineapple juice, sweet sherry, brown sugar, dijon mustard and powdered cloves combine to make this our most popular recipe to glaze a baked ham with for the holidays for the past 25 years.

The ham and candied sweet potatoes always, always get lots of glowing reviews. 

The original recipe was by the then doyenne of Australian cooking, Joan Campbell, who was food editor for Vogue publications and cookbooks.

Festive Pineapple Glazed Ham with Candied Sweet Potatoes

We’ve tweaked the dijon mustard and cloves part of Joans recipe. She spread the dijon mustard over the fat and sprinkled the cloves over the mustard.

We found that the top went too dark so we incorporate the dijon mustard and cloves into the liquid.

Sadly, Joan has long passed but her delicious recipes continue to be a part of our lives. 

We love to serve baked ham for a crowd as its super easy, absolutely delicious and virtually hands free apart from basting a number of times.

Glazed ham is just about a must for making over Christmas and the holiday season, and perfect for serving at your Easter table.

Festive Pineapple Glazed Ham with Candied Sweet Potatoes
use a sharp knife to separate the rind (skin) from the fat, then when you have enough separated to push your finger between the rind and the fat start to slide your finger along and the two will separate 

How to make festive pineapple glazed ham

If you’ve never baked a whole leg or shoulder of ham before this recipe is going to bowl you over with it’s simplicity.

First up you select the size of your ham, depending on how many you’d like to serve and work out your cooking time – see cooking time below

Next up you’ll need to skin the ham to expose the fat. This is simply done by inserting a small sharp knife along the edge of the rind/skin, then working as close to the rind as possible proceed to separate the rind from the fat. When you have enough skin lifted, insert your fingers between the skin and  fat and gently slide your fingers to peel back the skin and leave a layer of fat. Check out the video below.

removing the rind from Festive Pineapple Glazed Ham with Candied Sweet Potatoes
push your fingers under the skin, to separate the fat from the skin

Take a sharp knife and slice through (score) the fat across the ham about 1 1/4cm (1/2 inch) apart to make a pattern in the fat, this allows the glaze to penetrate to the flesh and looks wonderful once the ham is baked.

Pop the ham, fat side up into a large baking tin 

 Make your glaze by whisking the pineapple juice, sherry, brown sugar, dijon mustard and powdered cloves into a large pot. 

Pour 1/2 the glaze mixture around the ham and pop the pan into a pre-heated oven 150c (300f) for 15 minutes.

Festive Pineapple Glazed Ham with Candied Sweet Potatoes
using a sharp knife score the fat into a pattern, only cut the fat not into the flesh

After the first 15 minutes remove the ham from the oven and baste with some of the glaze and return the ham to the oven. 

Continue cooking, basting every 20 minutes or so until the last half hour – ( if your ham is small as ours was it will not have had enough time to form a deep rich colour, so follow this step). Now turn the oven up to 190c (375f) and baste every 10 minutes. Keep a close eye on the ham to make sure the glaze doesn’t start to burn. You are looking for a mouth watering deep golden colour.

Remove the ham from the oven and cover with foil. Reduce the remaining glaze till it is slightly syrupy and serve with the ham. That’s it.

sweet potatoes added to the Festive Pineapple Glazed Ham with Candied Sweet Potatoes
add the sweet potatoes when you have approximately 1.5hrs cooking time left on the ham

Candied sweet potatoes

A definite must for us serving with the ham are candied sweet potatoes, they soak up the glaze, and are absolutely delicious as they’re soft, caramelised, and sweet.

Peel and slice sweet potatoes into 2 1/2cm (1 inch ) slices. Pop them into your baking tray around the ham and baste frequently with the glaze. Allow 11/2 hours to cook the sweet potatoes, so if you have a large ham requiring a lengthy cooking time adjust when you put the sweet potatoes in so they will be cooked when the ham has finished cooking. 

If you don’t have enough room in the ham pan to add all of your potatoes simply pop them into a separate baking dish with some of the excess glaze.

Festive Pineapple Glazed Ham with Candied Sweet Potatoes
1/2 hr before the end of the hams cooking time if the hams glaze is not deep and golden turn the oven up 190 (375f) and continue glazing until you have a deep golden colour

Ham cooking times

Bone-in pre cooked hams obviously vary considerably in weight. Bone-in hams are slightly more flavourful, and make for a more dramatic presentation at the table. 

Pre-cooked hams only need to be heated and the rule of thumb is 15 minutes for every 500g (1 pound). Obviously if you are only cooking a small piece of ham you’ll need to turn the oven up to get the fat and glaze to turn golden brown because of the shorter heating time. 

pouring the glaze into a gravy boat for the Festive Pineapple Glazed Ham with Candied Sweet Potatoes
reduce any remaining glaze until it is syrup like and serve with your ham

How many will my ham serve

When buying a ham, estimate the size needed according to the number of servings the type of ham should yield: Based on the ham being the only meat being served, obviously if you have a selection of meats you can reduce the quantity required accordingly.

  • boneless ham allow 225gms (1/2 pound) per person
  • bone-in ham allow 340gms  (3/4 pound) per person

 

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Festive Pineapple Glazed Ham with Candied Sweet Potatoes
Yield: 10 servings

Festive Pineapple Glazed Ham with Candied Sweet Potatoes

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 15 minutes

Festive pineapple glazed ham is going to shine as the star of your Christmas table. You'll be amazed how a few simple ingredients turns into the most delicious sweet, sticky glaze that pairs beautifully with ham.

Ingredients

  • pre-cooked ham on the bone (our ham weighed 3 1/2kg (8 pounds)
  • 4 sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into discs

Glaze Ingredients

  • 1 litre (2 pints) unsweetened pineapple juice
  • 1/2 cup sweet or dry sherry
  • 1 kg (2 pounds) light brown sugar
  • 2 heaped tablespoons dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon powdered cloves

Instructions

  1. preheat oven to 150c (300f)
  2. remove the rind and score the ham
  3. calculate your cooking time allow - 15 minutes for every 500g (1 pound)
  4. meanwhile whisk the glaze ingredients together in a large pot
  5. place ham into large baking dish fat side up
  6. ladle 1/2 of the glaze around the ham
  7. and bake on the middle shelf of the oven for 15 minutes
  8. remove ham from the oven after the initial 15 minutes and scatter the sweet potato pieces around the ham - see notes below
  9. ladle the glaze over the ham and sweet potatoes, and return dish to the oven
  10. baste the ham and sweet potatoes every 20 minutes or so
  11. turn sweet potato pieces over halfway through your cook time
  12. in the last 1/2 hour of cooking turn the oven up to 190c (375f) and baste the ham every 10 minutes - you will need to keep an eye on the ham so the glaze doesn't go too dark or burn!
  13. remove ham and sweet potatoes from the oven and place onto serving plate and cover with foil
  14. reduce glaze till you have a thin syrup
  15. serve glaze separately with the ham and sweet potatoes

Notes

  • We make a lot of the glaze as we love to serve this separately with the ham, however if you don't want so much you can half the quantities for the glaze
  • Allow 11/2 hours to cook the sweet potatoes, so if you have a large ham requiring a lengthy cooking time adjust when you put the sweet potatoes in so they will be cooked when the ham has finished cooking. 

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