One pan Kahlua Pineapple Glazed Ham is the BEST spiral-cut baked ham recipe to serve a crowd on a budget. A huge hit for holiday parties, brunch or dinner!
Kahlua is a coffee-flavored, rum-based liqueur from Mexico. It is typically used in coffee drinks and cocktails. But I thought it would make a spectacular ham glaze, and went to work putting full fresh flavors together for this recipe.
Ham and pineapple are a flavor combination loved by so many people. Remember when Candian Bacon and Pineapple pizza was all the rage? I still really enjoy it to this day.
Honestly, this is how recipes come to life. You love a combination and then you put a twist on it, and my twist for this one is the Kahlua and the pineapple in the pan as a side.
Hey, you know those little packets that come with your ham? Well, they have nothing on this glaze recipe.
As you guys know, I love using fresh seasonal ingredients and skipping preservatives and chemicals. So ditch that packet! With ingredients like pineapple juice, grated ginger, honey, vanilla, Kahlua, a sprinkle of cinnamon, and orange zest/juice, this ham might just change your life.
To Make The Kahlua Pineapple Glaze:
In a small saucepan, combine Kahlua, pineapple juice, brown sugar, honey, orange zest (zest the orange first then juice it), orange juice, Dijon mustard, cinnamon, grated ginger, and vanilla extract.
Bring just to a boil, keep stirring with a whisk, reduce heat, and simmer for 3-5 minutes. Set aside off heat to cool.
Kahlua Pineapple Glazed Ham Recipe:
One pan Kahlua Pineapple Glazed Ham is the BEST spiral-cut baked ham recipe to serve a crowd on a budget. The pineapples bake in the same pan. A huge hit for holiday parties, brunch or dinner!
- 1 8 lb bone-in spiral ham
- 2 pineapples - bake one cut in half with the ham and cut one into chunks for fresh pineapple juice
- 1 cup Kahlua (rum & coffee liquor)
- 1 cup fresh pineapple juice *see below
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup honey
- 2 tablespoons orange zest
- 2 tablespoons fresh orange juice (1/2 orange)
- 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 2 teaspoons fresh grated ginger
- 4 couple of drops of vanilla extract
Cut the first pineapple into chunks. To make fresh pineapple juice: place pineapple chunks in a high-speed blender, and turn on high for about 15-20 seconds. 1 cut pineapple makes approximately 3 cups of fresh pineapple juice if you blend all the pineapple chunks or you can keep some cut pineapple for snacks. The pineapple juice will be thick, and that is fine for this recipe.
Cut the second pineapple in half, set aside.
In a small saucepan, combine Kahlua, pineapple juice, brown sugar, honey, orange zest (zest the orange first then juice it), orange juice, Dijon mustard, cinnamon, grated ginger, and vanilla extract. Bring just to a boil, keep stirring with a whisk, reduce heat, and simmer for 3-5 minutes. Set aside off heat to cool.
Preheat oven to 275 degrees. Place spiral ham in a low roasting pan flat side down uncovered for a total of 2 hours for an 8 lb. ham (approximately 120 internal temperature). Depending on the size of your ham, bake it 12-15 minutes per pound.
After 1 hour, pull the ham out of the oven, place the 2 pineapple halves on each side of the ham and brush the ham and pineapples with yummy glaze.
Place the ham back in the oven for 1 more hour until the glaze forms a nice crust. Reglaze the ham and pineapples every 15 minutes. You will have extra glaze let over.
Remove the tops from the pineapple halves and cut into smaller portions away from the pineapple skin. Carve and serve the ham and pineapple warm, enjoy!
Optional: To get the ham glaze crystallized, you can put it in a 450 degree (really hot) oven for 5-7 minutes or so, but keep a very close eye on it so doesn't burn!
Enjoy this fun fresh take on a classic ham, and hope this starts a “new tradition” for holidays, family get-togethers or brunch.
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