Even a beginner can handle this easy pineapple and mustard glazed spiral ham recipe for Easter brunch. Sweet and juicy, savory and tangy, it's a dish so good, your grandma will swoon.
As a young girl, I would cringe when Easter and Christmas rolled around and my mom would make a ham. Sorry, mom. No offense but that big pink slab of meat was possibly the most unappealing thing to hit our holiday table. Why bother when there were all those yummy side dishes, not to mention my basket FULL of chocolate goodies right over there. . .
A few years ago as I prepared for hosting our own first Easter, I stumbled across a recipe claiming to be the very best holiday glazed ham ever. I was skeptical until I saw the ingredients included pineapple and mustard. Then I noticed something new. . . it required a SPIRAL ham. This was not something my mom ever used--she worried the slices would dry out when baking so relied on a regular ham. The trouble with a regular ham, however, is it is nearly impossible to slice it as thinly as I prefer!
One round with this glazed spiral ham recipe and it has become our holiday staple for both Easter and Christmas day. It is so well known in our home, even Handyman Tim has had a couple turns at preparing it himself when I fell desperately sick at Christmas. So yes, it is just that easy. Even Tim feels comfortable prepping it.
But most importantly, everyone in the family loves it. Even my mom who is now a spiral ham convert. It is flavorful, tender, juicy, and those caramelized pineapple rings are the very best part. YUM.
Our Easter menu this year was simple and perfect in every way:
- Our favorite pineapple and mustard glazed spiral ham
- a batch of these hot cross biscuits (They are my FAVORITE!)
- a pretty platter of Easter eggs
- roasted asparagus
- hot rolls for making ham sandwiches
- And the most delicious carrot cake you've ever had
We decided to skip the potato side dish because the kids still don't like potatoes and Tim and I were more than content with the rolls and biscuits.
Timing for the dishes couldn't be easier:
When the ham comes out of the oven, the biscuits go in.
When the biscuits come out, the asparagus goes in for 12 minutes.
Carve and plate the ham 5 min before the asparagus comes out and everything is ready to be brought to the table together!
Preparing the glazed spiral ham is so easy, too. Just don't forget to have toothpicks on hand.
You simply line your baking dish with tin foil to help with clean up. Place the ham cut side down and brush with the glaze. Cover it with pineapple rings held into place with toothpicks and then brush with the remaining glaze.
Look how crunchy and sticky it all ends up:
Perfect pineapple and mustard glazed spiral ham: