Monday, July 27, 2009

Wok's For Dinner: Baked Ham With Marvelous Mango Chutney

While perusing my cookbook and stack of recipes, I came across this recipe for mango chutney, something I had heard about many times but had never ever tried. And since I had bought a picnic ham that was on sale, and had intended on cutting it up into 3 meals' worth of meat, I thought the mango chutney would make a nice addition to a baked ham. I've had ham with pineapple and cherries...why not mango and raisins?

Baked Ham With Marvelous Mango Chutney (my version)

1/3 picnic ham, cut into thick slices
1 fresh mango, peeled and cut into 1-2" chunks
1/2 cup vinegar
1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 small box raisins
1/2 tsp ginger
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt

Preheat oven to 350. Spray a small baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Line bottom of baking dish with ham slices. Mix remaining ingredients into a small bowl; pour over ham. Cover baking dish and bake for about 30 minutes or until ham slices are cooked through. If freezing: allow ham and chutney to cool, then place in gallon-size freezer bag, squeeze out air, seal & freeze. Thaw 24 hours in refrigerator. Heat ham in microwave; serve chutney cold (or heat up if you want; I served mine cold).

Since I was using a small amount of ham for this recipe, I cut the chutney ingredients from the original recipe in half (the half portion is posted in the ingredients list up above). I must say that this turned out better than I expected. Now I wasn't too keen on the vinegar and mango, a little too sharp for my taste buds...but the raisins tasted fabulous and my daughter chowed down on those. I'm not a big fan of vinegar, and it just didn't work for me in this recipe. So if I make this again in the future, I think I'll just cut the vinegar amount down to something more like 1 Tbsp.

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