I know today isn’t Tuesday, it isn’t Saturday either… (I woke up thinking today was Saturday – sad when I found out because I was looking forward to the Christmas event at our apartment complex), BUT I will share this very simple recipe I found for cooking ham in a crockpot. You will have to excuse me as I wasn’t prepared at all and this is my first time both cooking ham and using a crockpot! Nevertheless, ONWARD MY FRIENDS! So I bought a ham from walmart pre-sliced and fully cooked and cured. The ham was a little less than 4.5 lbs. Thankfully I saw the recipe called for brown sugar and pineapple slices ahead of time. I say thankfully because of course I would lose the recipe before cooking. And if you check out the details of my photo you will notice that we bought chunks instead of slices of pineapples – another fail! but I didn’t let that stop me from cooking this ham. So this is composed of two random recipes put together. Talk about improvisation. Anyway, so I measured out 1 cup of brown sugar and used 1/4 of it to cover the bottom of the crockpot. I layered the ham slices with pineapple chunks in between. The other 3/4s of the brown sugar were mixed with the pineapple juice from the pineapple can and check this… I also needed ground cloves. Yeahh did I mentioned I didn’t even realize that was part of the new recipe? Also that I don’t have ground cloves in my pantry? So what is a girl to do with two small children and when a run to the supermarket is out of the question? That’s right! Google!
Fun Fact: Did you know? If you don’t have ground cloves readily available, you can use a 50/50 ratio blend of cinnamon and nutmeg powders as a substitute.
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Both of which I have in my pantry, cinnamon for my coffee and nutmeg for seasonal coquito. YAY! So now we can move on. I drizzled the mixture onto the ham and set the cooker for 2.5 hours on low heat. (The second recipe I saw had used an 8lb ham and it cooked for 4 hours so I figured 2.5 hours should do the trick).
< Insert three breastfeedings, eight baby spit-ups, showering and some tv time >
Ladies and gents! this ham came out so delicious and sweet!! I surprised myself HA! and I had to control myself since the hubby isn’t home yet and I now have to cook up the rest of the sides that we will eat with the yummy ham. I have to say, I really liked that I was able to get the ham pre-sliced and boneless. So much simpler!
- Tip: If you do decide to add pineapple to your ham, go for two small cans to add a tiny bit more sweetness. Also adding actual honey might help with making the sauce thicker. That will have to be experimented on another day.
Well, thank you for reading and for letting us share a little of our night with you.
As always have a wonderful day. 🤪