|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Servings: 6 to 8|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 0g||0%|
|Saturated Fat 0g||0%|
|Total Carbohydrate 29g||10%|
|Dietary Fiber 1g||3%|
|Total Sugars 23g|
|Vitamin C 2mg||10%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
Raisin sauce with baked ham is a tradition in many families, and you might have fond memories of the sauce with an Easter or Christmas dinner. The sweet and sour supporting ingredients of brown sugar, vinegar, and lemon juice complement the raisins and make for a delicious sauce that is perfect spooned over a slice of baked ham.
But there's no need to wait until the holidays; you can serve the sauce with ham steak, leftover ham, sliced pork roast, or pork chops for a tasty everyday meal. It's ready in 15 minutes, and can be made right when the ham is about to come out of the oven or while the ham rests before carving. Or prepare the sauce up to one day in advance—just cool off, refrigerate, and reheat until hot and bubbly when needed.
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 teaspoon dry mustard
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar, white vinegar, or wine vinegar
1 cup raisins
1/4 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 1/2 cups water
Gather the ingredients.
In a medium saucepan, combine the brown sugar, cornstarch, and dry mustard; whisk to blend the dry ingredients thoroughly.
Place the pan over medium heat and gradually add the vinegar, raisins, lemon zest, and lemon juice. Add the water to the mixture, stirring constantly until all of the ingredients are well combined.
Keep stirring until everything is thoroughly blended.
Continue cooking the raisin sauce over medium heat, stirring constantly, until it is thick, clear, and bubbly, for at least 10 minutes.
Serve the raisin sauce warm, with sliced ham or other pork dishes, and enjoy.
Tips for Juicing a Lemon
- A cold lemon can be difficult to juice. Take it out of the refrigerator ahead of time to come to room temperature. If you need it right away, put the lemon in the microwave and cook on 100 percent power for about 20 seconds.
- Roll the lemon back and forth on the counter while applying slight pressure with the palm of your hand.
- Use a citrus juicer to get the most juice (and no seeds) out of the lemon.
Spice Up Your Raisin Sauce
To add some new flavors and texture to your sauce, follow one of our suggestions:
- Buttery Sauce: For extra flavor and some shine, add 1 to 2 tablespoons of butter to the sauce as soon as it is removed from the heat. Stir until the butter has melted.
- Citrus Flavor: Replace 1/2 cup of the water with orange or grapefruit juice.
- Apple-Raisin: Sauté 1/2 to 1 cup of diced apple in a small amount of butter until just tender. Replace half of the water with apple juice or cider and add the diced apple to the sauce along with the raisins.
- Spiced Raisin: Add 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon of ground ginger, and a dash of cloves to the sauce.
- Pineapple-Raisin: Reduce the water to 1 cup and add 1 (8-ounce) can (undrained) crushed pineapple along with the raisins.
- Rum-Raisin: Stir in 1 teaspoon of rum extract as soon as the sauce is removed from the heat.