Easy Elegant Ham

We love ham at our house, but we don't very often get a big 'ole bone-in ham and bake it up. They're big, and we're a little family (with an already very full fridge!). So this week, I set out to create an easy but elegant ham recipe. Something manageable, but delicious. I thought about ham steaks - you know, those ham discs with the little tiny bone off to one side - but my experience with those hasn't been great. They are often kind of fatty and not the right flavor for me. I ended up purchasing ½ a boneless ham, about 3½ pounds, thinking I could cut thick slices and make my own ham steaks. This turned out to be a good idea (I love it when that happens!). 

Admittedly, I am prone to complicating a simple concept: I thought we could grill the freshly sliced ham steaks to get those great grill marks (it's all about appearances!), but since the ham was pre-cooked, it didn't take very long to get grill marks and we torched 'em. Dang. Good thing I hadn't used all the ham! Plan B was to use my grill pan (I wasn't giving up on those beautiful grill marks!), and it worked much better. I made a very simple pineapple salsa as the topper and oh how my family raved!

Whether you are looking for a simple weeknight dinner, or a fancy holiday dinner for guests - give this Easy Elegant Ham a try! It's sure to impress, and you won't have to spend much time in the kitchen to prepare it.



Easy Elegant Ham



Cut ham into ½”-thick slices; grill if desired. Place slices in a covered dish with a little water; keep hot in the oven while you prepare the sauce. Combine pineapple, salsa, and Sweet Pepper Jalapeño Jam in a sauce pan; cook over medium heat until slightly reduced – about 10 minutes. Remove from heat. Plate the ham slices; stir the tomatoes into the pineapple sauce and top the ham.

Tips and Hints

  • I used leftover pineapple salsa that I had made a few days before. The longer it sits, the hotter it gets!
  • I added the grape tomatoes for color, but they also added great flavor. Stir them in last just to warm them up a bit; that way, the skins won't peel.
  • This was so easy and delicious! Really ... I couldn't believe how good it was and how little effort it took (no counting the first burnt batch - ha!).
  • My family gave this top rankings across the board.
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