Tuesday, April 1

Hawaiian Ham Loaf

I can't believe Kirk liked this one, even though it has mustard. I made this for Sunday dinner, and it was such a nice change from just a regular ham. The different flavors come together for some really interesting tastes.

Small ham (1 to 2 lbs)
2 tbsp yellow mustard
2 rings canned pineapple, drained
1/8 tsp allspice
1 tbsp honey
12 whole cloves
2 tbsp brown sugar
1/4 tsp dry mustard powder

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Cutting a little more than halfway through, but the ham into 8 sections. Make sure you don't cut all the way through the loaf. You just want sections that you can spread apart with your fingers. Spread some of the mustard in every cut.

Cut the pineapple rings in half to form four half-circles. Stick three whole cloves in the rounded edge of each pineapple ring half. Tuck the pineapple ring halves into every other cut, rounded sides up. In a small bowl, combine brown sugar, allspice, dry mustard powder, and honey; spoon over loaf.

Bake at 375 degrees for 20 minutes per pound, until sugar is melted and ham is heated through.

To serve, slice through the loaf at every other cut so the pineapple is in the middle of each serving. Make sure you don't eat the cloves!

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