|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Servings: 8 to 12|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 6g||8%|
|Saturated Fat 1g||5%|
|Total Carbohydrate 11g||4%|
|Dietary Fiber 1g||2%|
|Total Sugars 10g|
|Vitamin C 4mg||21%|
|*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.|
Canned ham is a versatile and convenient ingredient to use when needing an easy meal that can feed many. The fully cooked vacuum-sealed ham can later be seasoned and baked again with all sorts of spices and add-on ingredients, like veggies, root vegetables, or fruits. Our classic combination of savory and smoky ham and sweet pineapple rings makes a beautiful center dish that is delicious, budget friendly, and easy to make.
Although canned ham has less flavor and texture than fresh ham, it offers a major advantage in its shelf stability. Having a canned ham in your pantry can allow you to cook a filling last-minute meal. In general, a large canned ham in the familiar pear shape can be stored in the pantry for up to two years. But read labels carefully as some brands must be stored in the refrigerator. Note that canned ham is not the same as canned Spam, a type of processed pork meat that also comes in a can, although in a smaller size than regular canned ham.
Serve the pineapple ham with roasted or mashed potatoes and a salad for an incredibly filling and hearty meal that you can sit down to and enjoy without breaking a sweat in the kitchen. Before you start, be sure to have kitchen twine and toothpicks at hand.
Prepare and Bake the Ham
Gather the ingredients.
Preheat oven to 325 F, With the help of a very sharp knife, cut ham into 1/2-inch-thick slices, cutting almost to the bottom but not all the way through.
Tie ham around outside perimeter with a piece of kitchen twine to keep slices in place.
Drain can of pineapple, reserving 1/4 cup of syrup.
In a bowl, combine pineapple syrup with chili sauce, brown sugar, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, and chili powder. Reserve.
Place ham on a rack in a roasting or baking pan.
Arrange pineapple slices around ham, securing them with toothpicks.
Pour reserved sweet-savory sauce over all ham.
Bake ham in preheated oven for 1 1/2 hours, frequently basting with sauce.
Once cooking time has ended, place ham on a serving platter, remove twine, and rearrange pineapple slices around it.
Cover ham loosely with foil to keep warm.
Make the Sauce
Pour pan juices into a 2-cup measuring cup and add enough hot water, if necessary, to make 1 1/4 cups total of liquid. Transfer to a small saucepan.
In a small bowl, combine cornstarch and cold water, blending it until smooth.
Add cornstarch mixture to saucepan with pan juices and cook over medium heat, stirring, until thickened and bubbly.
Drizzle some of the sauce over ham and pineapple.
Serve remaining sauce on the side.
Quick Pineapple Ham
If you're pressed for time, follow one of our suggestions to serve a tasty ham in less than 45 minutes:
- Cut the ham into thin slices.
- Spray a baking pan with olive oil and arrange the ham slices in a single layer.
- Top with the pineapples and sauce and bake in a 375 F oven until hot and glazed, approximately 45 minutes.
- Grill or pan-fry the ham slices until hot and crispy.
- Make the sauce in a separate pan.
- Drizzle with the sauce and top with chopped pineapple rings.
How can I repurpose leftover ham?
Store leftover ham covered in the refrigerator and enjoy it over the next three to five days. If you don't have the opportunity to consume it right away, freeze it for up to two months. Here are a few ideas on how to use the leftover ham in other tasty dishes:
- Fry slices of leftover ham and serve with rice and beans or roasted potatoes and veggies.
- Make a potato hash with cubed ham and serve with sunny-side-up eggs.
- Mix cubed ham with scalloped potatoes or mashed potatoes. Add bacon bits, shredded mozzarella, and heavy cream. Bake at 375 F until crispy on top.
- Add cubed ham to your favorite pasta or potato salad.
- Thinly slice leftover ham and make ham and cheese sandwiches, wraps, or quesadillas.
- Make a cold mixture of chopped ham, sweet pickle relish, chopped celery, enough mayonnaise to moisten the mixture, and salt and pepper to taste. Serve with rolls or on lettuce wraps.
- Make fried rice with chopped ham, veggies, cooked rice, soy sauce, and eggs.