Ham & Pineapple Brown Sugar Gravy

Ham & Sweet Pineapple Brown Sugar Gravy

written by Julie Cohn

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This Ham & Sweet Pineapple Brown Sugar gravy is a cherished family recipe created by my Mom, and a dish our entire family (aunts, uncles, cousins, neighbors) look forward to every year, especially at Easter.  This recipe is delicious with a spiral or any other kind of smoked  ham.  I should warn you though…the gravy is is addictive, especially on mashed potatoes!

Ham & Sweet Pineapple Brown Sugar Gravy

  • Spiral Ham
  • 4-5 Whole Cloves
  • 1/4 c. Pineapple Juice
  • 4 oz. Ginger Ale (or 7Up)
  • 6 Tbsp. Brown Sugar

Sweet Pineapple Brown Sugar Gravy

  • 3 Tbsp. Butter
  • 3 Tbsp. Super-Fine flour (Wondra)
  • 3/4 c. Brown Sugar
  • 1 (20 oz.) can Crushed Pineapple with juice
  • 1 8 oz can of Pineapple Juice
  • 2 oz. Ginger Ale (or 7Up)
Place the spiral ham in a large roasting pan.  Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.  Spike the ham with 4-5 cloves.  Mix together the pineapple juice and ginger ale and pour 1/2 of it over the ham.  Pat the brown sugar on the ham, pressing to crust the brown sugar on the ham. Place in the oven and bake for approximately 12-15 minutes per pound.  While it is cooking, baste the ham with the remainder of the pineapple juice-ginger ale mix.
While the ham is baking, make the glaze.  Pour the pineapple juice and ginger ale into a heatproof bowl, and microwave for about 45 seconds.  In a medium saucepan, melt the butter and mix with the flour to make a roux.  Stir the juice mixture into the roux, whisking briskly to stir out the lumps.  Turn the heat up to medium high.  Stir in the brown sugar, and heat to boiling.  Allow to boil 3-4 minutes, until the mixture starts to thicken.  Turn to low and simmer about five minutes until thickened.  Although it is called a glaze, it is more like a gravy.

Slice the ham and serve with the sweet pineapple brown sugar gravy.  This ham and gravy is especially tasty with mashed potatoes, Au Gratin Brussels Sprouts, and cheesy green bean casserole Use the leftover ham bone to make hearty ham split pea soup!  


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