Thursday, February 25, 2010

Pineapple Ham


 We had some ham that I wanted to use up, so I decided to try pineapple and ham. It turned out very well and was absolutely delicious over rice. It is fun to be creative with items you have on hand and need to use before they go bad. ;) Not that ANY of you ever have to worry about that!

Pineapple Ham

Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
Start the rice cooking. Actually if you are using white rice, you can wait until you put the dish in the oven. If using brown rice, start the rice cooking.
Place 1/2 cup brown rice per person in a rice cooker (or pan).
Add water according to ratio on package or according to rice cooker instructions. I use 1.5 cups water to 1 cup rice in my cooker. Add 1 Tbsp oil and 1 tsp salt. Start it cooking.
Place 4-6 ham slices (1/4-1" thick) in a 8x13 pan to bake in a 300 degree oven.
Prepare Pineapple Carrot Sauce (I use the word sauce lightly here.)
Place pineapple juice from one (20 oz.) can crushed pineapple in a saucepan. I did not have a can of crushed pineapple which would have worked great, but had chunks, which I cut into smaller pieces. To save time use crushed pineapple. Trust me on this one. Reserve pineapple chunks for later.

 Combine 2 tablespoons cornstarch, 2 tablespoons brown sugar, and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon in a prep bowl.
Set aside.
Peel 3-5 medium carrots, cut off ends

and finely grate the carrots.
It should yield 1 to 1-1/2 cups finely grated carrot.
  Now go back to the saucepan of pineapple juice.
 Turn on the burner to medium. 
While the juice is heating up, whisk in the dry ingredients. 
Cook until thick. Once the sauce is thick, add pineapple,
and carrots.
Mix together and heat through.
Remove ham from oven.
Place carrot and pineapple mixture over each slice of ham.
Return to oven and back for 20 more minutes.
Remove from oven.
Doesn't this just look delicious?
Serve over rice.
Enjoy!

2 comments:

  1. This sounds fantastic!! I can't wait to try this. I have ham in the freezer and I am always looking for new recipes.

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  2. very interesting. I can't eat ham but will definitely try with chicken... maybe fish.. I love pineapples and cinnamon would make it more fantastic... thanks!

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