This Modern Honey Pineapple Ham is served in a fresh new way but every bit as delicious as your grandma's traditional ham. It's stuffed with pineapple slices and coated in a balsamic honey glaze then roasted to perfection. It's the perfect Thanksgiving (or Christmas or Easter) main dish recipe.

This Modern Honey Pineapple Ham is served in a fresh new way but every bit as delicious as your grandma's traditional ham. It's stuffed with pineapple slices and coated in a balsamic honey glaze then roasted to perfection. It's the perfect Thanksgiving (or Christmas or Easter) main dish recipe.  | theendlessmeal.com

When I was young, my grandma would make these GIANT spreads for holiday meals. For Christmas, she'd make a turkey, homemade pierogies and sausages, every side dish you can think of, and always a pineapple ham.

I love you, grandma. Seriously big time love for the woman who could cook a multi-course meal for a small army and make it look like a breeze. So much admiration here.

But times have changed, and that pineapple ham recipe needs to catch up.

You know the recipe I'm talking about, right? The one with the canned pineapple rings stuck to the side of the ham with toothpicks, unnaturally red maraschino cherries in their centers if you were really fancy. Ya, that recipe.

I'm not going to lie, I loved it when I was a kid. I thought it looked so pretty. He he he. Fast forward 30 years and it now looks like it belongs amongst those funny vintage food pics we've all laughed at when we're killing time on Facebook.

BUT … I still remember digging into it and liking it. So I thought we should revisit the traditional pineapple ham recipe and give it a bit of a modern makeover.

This Modern Honey Pineapple Ham is served in a fresh new way but every bit as delicious as your grandma's traditional ham. It's stuffed with pineapple slices and coated in a balsamic honey glaze then roasted to perfection. It's the perfect Thanksgiving (or Christmas or Easter) main dish recipe.  | theendlessmeal.com

I've done two things with this pineapple ham makeover.

1.  The presentation has been updated. There's no more 1950s housewife ham going on here. There are no tin-y flavored canned pineapples. We're using the real deal here. Decades ago, ‘fancy' fruit like pineapples weren't readily available like they are now, which is why (I'm sure) people used canned.

You and I are going to buy a pineapple and slice it thin. Those slices are getting nestled into cuts we've made in the ham. This will help infuse the ham with pineapple flavor, and let us actually see (gasp!) the ham.

And we've obviously done away with those little red balls of sugar cause no one ever needs to eat another of those things ever again.

This Modern Honey Pineapple Ham is served in a fresh new way but every bit as delicious as your grandma's traditional ham. It's stuffed with pineapple slices and coated in a balsamic honey glaze then roasted to perfection. It's the perfect Thanksgiving (or Christmas or Easter) main dish recipe.  | theendlessmeal.com

2.  We've brought the glaze into this century. Normally, a pineapple ham is glazed with an insane amount of brown sugar. Now I'm not going to sit here and dis a brown sugar glaze. We all know it's delicious. But there are (I think) better ways of doing things nowadays.

I used honey in place of the brown sugar and it works perfectly to add that delicious sweetness that's a hallmark of pineapple ham.

There's also a little balsamic vinegar snuck in there. While balsamic has a lot of natural sweetness, it also has the acidity needed to balance the glaze. And it gets bonus points for making the glaze dark and extra delicious looking.

This Modern Honey Pineapple Ham is served in a fresh new way but every bit as delicious as your grandma's traditional ham. It's stuffed with pineapple slices and coated in a balsamic honey glaze then roasted to perfection. It's the perfect Thanksgiving (or Christmas or Easter) main dish recipe.  | theendlessmeal.com

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This Modern Honey Pineapple Ham is served in a fresh new way but every bit as delicious as your grandma's traditional ham. It's stuffed with pineapple slices and coated in a balsamic honey glaze then roasted to perfection. It's the perfect Thanksgiving (or Christmas or Easter) main dish recipe.  | theendlessmeal.com

Modern Pineapple Ham with Balsamic Honey Glaze

  • Author: Kristen Stevens | The Endless Meal
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 2 hours
  • Total Time: 2 hours 15 minutes
  • Yield: 6-8 servings 1x

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This Modern Honey Pineapple Ham is served in a fresh new way but every bit as delicious as your grandma's traditional ham. It's stuffed with pineapple slices and coated in a balsamic honey glaze then roasted to perfection. It's the perfect Thanksgiving (or Christmas or Easter) main dish recipe.


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Ingredients

  • 1 smoked ham, about 3 1/2 lbs. or 1.5 kg
  • 1/2 a medium pineapple
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • A pinch of cayenne

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 325 degrees. Line a baking dish large enough to fit the ham with parchment paper. (To make cleanup easier.)
  2. Slice your ham 1/2 inch thick slices, cutting halfway through.
  3. Cut the bottom and top of your pineapple then cut it in half lengthwise. Cut the skin off one half then cut it in half lengthwise again. Cut the tough core out of the two quarters then lay them flat and slice them into thin (1/8 inch thick) strips. Tuck these strips into the cuts you made in the ham, 2 pineapple slices per cut.
  4. In a small bowl, mix the honey, balsamic vinegar, and cayenne. Brush a small amount over the ham.
  5. Bake the ham 1 1/2 hours then remove it from the oven. Pour the remaining glaze over the top, making sure it seeps into the pineapple filled cuts. Return the ham to the oven for another half hour. Let the ham rest on your counter for 15 minutes before serving.