How to make, Pineapple Raisin Sauce for Ham

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It is funny how you will remember, a food memory, from many years gone by. I remembered a sauce my Mom use to make to serve with Ham. I also remember that most of it would be eaten at dinner time, and only a spoonful was leftover. And I usually ate that last little bit so I could wash the dish.  

Turkey was for Thanksgiving, always. We rarely had turkey at Christmas. Once we had a Roasted Goose, stuffed with apples, prunes and onion quarters. No, usually, for Christmas, we had Roast Beef. Along with Yorkshire pudding. For many years now I have been making Roast Beef at Christmas. However this year we will also serve Ham for our Christmas dinner.

And we all know that Ham needs Pineapple Raisin Sauce!

Like many of the foods cooked and served in my childhood home, Mom did not use a recipe. Yet I remember the sauce so vividly, I think I can recreate it in my own kitchen. I know it started with a can of crushed pineapple, including the juice. Then a big handful of raisins, some brown sugar, and a bit of apple cider vinegar. 

Pineapple Raisin Sauce for Ham, a Thanksgiving tradition!
Mom's Pineapple Raisin Sauce, a family favorite
The raisins were tender, not chewy, that I remember. Oh and only a dash of cloves. I can see the little red and white tin in Mom's hand, then a quick downward shake to get just a “dash” to come out. With exception to the raisins, I imagine that the order of ingredients does not matter.

A quick google for pineapple raisin sauce for ham produces 60,700 results. I was surprised at that number. It appears that a lot of folks eat Pineapple Raisin Sauce with their Ham.

Mary’s Pineapple Raisin Sauce for Ham
recreated from memory, and my mother, Mary.

1 c raisins
1 c water
dash salt

1 8 oz can of juice packed, crushed pineapple – do not drain
1 T cider vinegar
1/3  – 1/2 c brown sugar ( if you like a sweeter sauce, use the full measure)
dash cloves

1/4 c water
1 - 2 T corn starch ( I remember Mom’s sauce would stay on your ham!)

Place raisins and water in a medium-size saucepan, cover. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes.

Add the pineapple, vinegar, brown sugar and cloves, return to a simmer. Let simmer while making the slurry.

Combine the cornstarch and water, stirring until smooth. Pour into the simmering fruit in a thin stream, stirring continuously. Cook, until the mixture, is thickened and transparent.

Serve with ham.

Pineapple Raisin Sauce, ready to serve with Ham!


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  1. Great recipe! I also remember my mother making something like this but she would put it over ham steaks...funny how a food memory can bring back a flood of history. Thanks.

  2. I love that raisin sauce, I think my Mom made the same one. Thank you for sharing and you have a great week end.

  3. It takes a lot of skill to make a lovely sauce. This one sounds amazing. I love adding sweet to savory meat. Yum!

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  5. What a great sauce recipe for Ham going to have to try this! Clauida from Blogs Got Heart! thanks for your visit!

  6. YUM! I love finding great sauce recipes to use to Wow my hubby! Thanks for bringing to Friday Potluck this week.

  7. I have a vague (and favorable) recollection of ham with raisin sauce but I don't know where from. I'm pretty sure my mother never cooked it. Now I'm trying to figure it out. Any way, it sounds delicious and thanks for the memory.

  8. The sauce sounds delicious! I'd eat that and leave the ham (not a ham eater)! I bet it's good on pork chops too, those I can handle.

  9. My mom served ham with a spiced pineapple cherry sauce but I bet it'd be great with raisins. I've got something in mind for the Smackdown...

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  10. Sounds like a great ham sauce. I like a little sweet with the saltiness of the meat.

  11. Pineapple Raisin sauce? Huh. I don't think I've EVER even heard of a pineapple raisin sauce...but now you've gone and made me want to try it! We always end up eating a ham at Christmas. ...and I always wish I could start the tradition of eating Roast Beef. Why can't we get a good Prime Rib from employers!? ;)

    Okay. Battle Raisin. I'll try to think something up! :D

  12. What a delcious combination of flavors in your sauce! I love making homemade sauces and altering them a bit to come up with something new. Thanks for sharing this in time for the holidays! And thank you for being a lovely host of your Sunday cafe and the Hearth and Soul Hop.


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