Raisin sauce with baked ham is a tradition in many families, and you might have fond memories of the sauce with an Easter or Christmas dinner. You don't have to wait for a holiday to enjoy it - serve the sauce with a ham steak or pork chops for a tasty everyday meal.
The sweet and sour combination of brown sugar, vinegar, and lemon juice is classic. Use apple cider vinegar, white vinegar, or a wine vinegar in the sauce. Add some cinnamon or a touch of ground cloves and mace if you like spice flavor in the sauce.
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch
- 1 teaspoon dry mustard
- 1 tablespoon vinegar
- 1 cup raisins
- 1/4 teaspoon lemon zest (finely grated)
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1 1/2 cups water
- Combine brown sugar, cornstarch and dry mustard in a small saucepan. Blend well.
- Place the saucepan over medium heat. Gradually add the vinegar, raisins, lemon zest, lemon juice and water.
- Continue cooking the raisin sauce over medium heat, stirring constantly, until thick and bubbly.
- Serve the raisin sauce with ham.
Makes about 2 1/2 cups of raisin sauce.
- Add about 1/4 teaspoon of ground cinnamon to the sauce mixture along with the raisins and lemon zest.
- Replace 1/2 cup of the water with orange juice.