Monday, April 9, 2012

Ham (and Pineapple Too!)

Have I mentioned that we didn't have a lot of money when I was growing up? Yet somehow when it came to food, my mother could make the cheapest of ingredients become delicious.  A special Sunday lunch at my house growing up was more often than not Sliced Ham and Pineapple, which is still my favorite way to have ham. My mother made it and as far as I know, was the only person in our sphere of friends who did. It's simple enough, and I've made it myself. Take a canned ham (yes, it MUST be canned - I think we always had Armour but now I buy Hormel Black Label), and slice with an electric knife (yes it MUST be an electric knife). Layer ham, brown sugar (dark please), and canned, sliced pineapple in a 9x13 glass (we had Corning Ware) casserole pan. Gently pour the pineapple juice into the pan taking care not to wash off the brown sugar. Bake for an hour at 350 degrees.  You can also do this in a crockpot which my mother did later in life, but the best way (as per my childhood) is in the oven. Serve with mashed potatoes and gravy and vegetable of choice. BEST MEAL EVER.

I think I know what I'm fixing next Sunday . . .

H is for Ham / A to Z Blogging Challenge

10 comments:

  1. I think mothers always have a way to make simple ingredients into a great meal. I can understand why you still love this meal.

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  2. That's a flavor combination I never would have thought of, but it sounds like it's delicious. :-)

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  3. I wonder if we even have an electric knife...?

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  4. Yummy now I am hungry and I love the ham and pineapple on pizza my favorite!

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  5. It's funny how some of the things our mothers did with food to stretch a penny end up landing on the top of our list of comfort foods when we're older. Ham and pineapple are natural go-togethers, so I imagine this dish is really good. When I was a kid, our penny-stretching meals were usually soups. We ate a LOT of soup. Good luck with the rest of the A-Z. Count me in as your newest follower.

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  6. Man that is THE way to eat ham. I only have it a few times a year but Christmas and Easter are always the best. With my killer sweet potatoes it is an awesome dinner!

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  7. I am definitively trying this soon. It sounds yummy! My kids will love it for sure and it is simple enough. Thanks for this!

    From Diary of a Writer in Progress.

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  8. I love my ham with pineapple as you do. However, when it comes to a Hawaiian pizza, I just don't dig pineapple with my ham. I know. Don't ask me why, I am just crazy like that.

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  9. Pineapple, oh yeah! I'm coming to your house! :)
    Seriously, I think I just found a new easy meal!
    thanks!

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  10. Yum, yum YUM! Ham and pineapple :)

    Did you ever have cheese and pineapple on cocktail sticks at kids' parties? That's pretty darn good too!

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