Filipino-Style Ham

Ingredients :

  • 5 lbs. fully cooked bone in ham
  • 8 cups pineapple juice
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup water

Caramelized Pineapple:

  • 1 whole fresh pineapples, peeled and cored, into quarters; cut crosswise into slices (or 1 can pineapple slices, drained)
  • 1 tbsp. butter
(Metric Cooking Conversion)

Cooking Procedures :

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.  Prepare a roasting pan with rack or baking tray.
  2. In a stockpot, place ham, pineapple juice and 1 cup brown sugar. Make sure ham is submerged in the juice. Add more juice (or water) to cover, if necessary.
  3. Bring to a boil; reduce the heat to medium and cook for 1 hour. The skin should come off easily when ham is done. Drain and set aside to cool.
  4. If ham has skin, peel off. Trim fat layer to 1/4 in. thickness. Diagonally score fat to form diamond pattern. Stud centre of each diamond with clove.
  5. Prepare Glaze: In a small saucepan, place the remaining 1 cup brown sugar and water. Bring to boil over medium heat; stirring occasionally, about 3 minutes or until syrupy. Brush about half of the glaze over ham.
  6. Prepare Caramelized Pineapple: In a skillet brown pineapple in about 1 tbsp. butter over medium heat, turning occasionally, until caramelized. Set aside.
  7. Roast ham, uncovered, about 20 minutes or until browned. Transfer to cutting board and tent with foil; let stand for 15 minutes before carving. Serve with warm Caramelized Pineapple.

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