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Baked Ham with Ginger-Pineapple Glaze: Lilly's own recipe
Good morning Lilly Lovers! Easter is just over a week away and The Pelican Girls are all busy planning what to wear and what to eat! Luckily, at The Pink Pelican, we can help you cross both of those items of your to-do list. Read on as we share Lilly Pulitzer's heavenly ham recipe.
This recipe comes from "Essentially Lilly: a Guide to Colorful Holidays" by Lilly Pulitzer and Jay Mulvaney. According to the book, Lilly invented the recipe one day when she went to look for a Coke to splash on her ham and only found a can of ginger ale. This recipe makes 12 servings.
Baked Ham with Ginger-Pineapple Glaze
One 20 ounce can crushed pineapple in juice, well drained, juices reserved
Two 12 ounce cans ginger ale, as needed
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1 tablespoon dry mustard
One 8 pound spiral-sliced smoked ham
Position rack in center of oven and pre-heat to 325 degrees. Oil a large roasting pan.
Mix pineapple juice, 1 can ginger ale, brown sugar and mustard in blender to dissolve mustard. Set aside.
Place ham, flat side down, in the pan. Pour pineapple juice mixture over the ham. Pat the crushed pineapple onto the ham; if you press hard it will stick nicely. Place pan with ham and pineapple juice on top of stove and bring to boil over two burners on high heat. Tent ham with foil and transfer to oven.
Bake for 1 hour, checking occasionally to be sure that juices aren't burning and adding a bit more ginger ale to the pan if needed to keep the juices moist. Discard foil tent and baste ham with pan juices. Bake, basting occasionally and adding more ginger ale to pan if needed, until a meat thermometer inserted halfway into the ham, but not touching the bone, reads 140 degrees, about 45 minutes more. Transfer ham to a serving platter and tent with foil to keep warm. Let ham stand for 15 minutes.
Meanwhile, place roasting pan over two burners on high heat and bring juices to a boil. Cook, stirring occasionally, until juices are dark and syrupy, 5 to 10 minutes. Pour juice over ham and serve.
Doesn't that sound delish? Don some bunny ears and hop to it! Easter will be here before you know it!