Nothing says the holidays like ham. Yes, Turkey gets its just due on Thanksgiving, but a spiral ham is present at many American holidays when families gather around the table. Sweet potatoes are also a favorite on holidays, making this ham and sweet potato bake the best of both worlds. This recipe is flavored with brown sugar and apples and is great for guests of any age. The perfect mix of savory, sweet and starchy, this recipe will satisfy the pickiest eaters.
- 1 center ham slice, about 12 to 16 ounces
- 4 apples, peeled, cored, cut in wedges
- 3 medium sweet potatoes, about 1 1/2 pounds, peeled and sliced 1/4-inch thick
- 4 tablespoons light brown sugar, packed
- 3/4 cup hot water
- In a skillet over medium heat, brown the ham slice on both sides. Place in baking dish.
- Spread apples and sliced sweet potatoes over ham, then sprinkle with the brown sugar. Add hot water.
- Cover tightly with foil and bake at 350 F for about 60 minutes, or until the potatoes are tender.
- Baste occasionally while cooking.
- Remove the cover for the last 15 minutes.
Cooking Tips and Ingredient Substitutions
- Making the most of your ham and sweet potato bake may mean adding some spices and additional ingredients. The options are easy to find. You can call this recipe "spiced" by adding 3/4 teaspoon of allspice and 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon tossed with the apples and sweet potatoes before adding it to the ham in the baking dish.
- If apples aren't your first choice, try crushed pineapples instead. To dial up the savory flavor in this dish, exchange the brown sugar for chopped onions sauteed in butter and add grated Swiss cheese before baking.
- To take this recipe from the holiday table to the breakfast table, make ham and sweet potato hash. This saves time and brings the recipe to the stove top. To make, skip the brown sugar, add chopped onions and cube the ham into 1/2 to 1/3 inch cubes. Saute onions in a tablespoon of olive oil and butter(half of each is perfect) and add the ham and sweet potato cubes. Salt and pepper to taste and top with a fried or scrambled egg for a scrumptious breakfast that feels like a celebration in your mouth.