From their show Down Home With The Neelys, in their Episode called Southern Cravings, Patrick and Gina Neely demonstrated how to make good old-fashioned glazed ham using some of the natural ingredients that we see in our kitchen every day.
While I was watching the video, I was reminded of those tranquil afternoons spent in the kitchen with my grandmother. It brought back the memory of a flavor that I will no longer be able to taste. It’s during these moments that I was reminded to be grateful to people like the Neelys who were able to preserve and at the same time recreate such traditional dishes and share them with other people.
3/4 cup Dijon mustard
1/2 cup light brown sugar, plus more for sprinkling
2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme leaves
1 (14-pound) cooked and smoked cured ham, shank end
3/4 cup Dole pineapple juice
20 canned Dole pineapple rings
1/2 cup maraschino cherries
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Put oven rack in the middle of the oven.
In a small bowl, mix together the Dijon mustard, brown sugar, and thyme.
Put the ham in a large roasting pan, fat side up. Rub the ham with mustard glaze. Pour the pineapple juice into the bottom of the pan. Put the ham in the oven and bake for 2 hours, brushing every 20 minutes with the pineapple juice. Remove the ham from the oven.
Turn oven to 400 degrees F.
Using toothpicks, decoratively adhere the pineapple rings around the ham and put a cherry in the center of the pineapple ring. Sprinkle the pineapple rings lightly with brown sugar. Return to the oven, uncovered, and bake until the pineapples turn a light golden brown. Remove from the oven to a serving platter.
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Quick Tip: Let the ham rest for 15 minutes before slicing.
Thanks again to Patrick and Gina Neely for this amazing recipe.