Apricot-Glazed Ham Loaf

If your holidays do not bring an entire tribe to the table, make it easy on yourself by making this luscious ham loaf glazed with Dijon-spiked apricots and pineapple juice. It is perfect for a dinner for two during the holidays or any time of the year -- and leftovers make sensational sandwiches.

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  • Makes: 8 servings
  • Prep: 30 mins
  • Bake: 45 mins to 1 hr 350°F
  • Stand: 10 mins

Apricot-Glazed Ham Loaf

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large bowl combine eggs, bread crumbs, onion, pineapple juice, mustard, pepper, and salt. Add ham, pork, and apricots; mix well. In a 3-quart rectangular baking dish lightly pat mixture into a 9x5-inch loaf.
  2. Bake for 45 to 60 minutes or until an instant-read thermometer inserted in center of loaf registers 165 degrees F, brushing several times with half of the Apricot Glaze during the last 10 to 15 minutes of baking time. Let loaf stand for 10 minutes. Use two sturdy spatulas to transfer loaf to a serving platter. If desired, garnish with rosemary. Cut into thick slices. Serve with the remaining half of the Apricot Glaze. If desired, serve with roasted leeks and nectarines.

From the Test Kitchen

Tip

To make ground ham, cut 1 pound fully cooked ham into 1 inch cubes. Process in a food processor until ham is finely ground.

Make-Ahead Directions

Prepare as directed, through Step 1, except do not preheat oven. Cover ham loaf with plastic wrap. Prepare Apricot Glaze as directed. Place in a storage container; seal. Chill loaf and glaze for up to 24 hours. To serve, preheat oven to 350 degreesnF. Bake for 50 to 65 minutes or until an instant-read thermometer inserted in center of loaf registers 165 degrees F. In a small saucepan reheat the Apricot Glaze over medium-low heat until warm, stirring frequently. Serve with ham loaf.

Apricot Glaze

Directions

  1. In a small saucepan combine apricot preserves, pineapple juice, mustard, cider vinegar, and ginger; cook and stir over medium-low heat until bubbly. Divide mixture in half. Use one half to brush on the loaf; keep other half warm to serve with ham loaf. Makes 1-3/4 cups.
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Nutrition Facts (Apricot-Glazed Ham Loaf)

  • Per serving:
  • 461 kcal cal.,
  • 19 g fat
  • (7 g sat. fat,
  • 2 g polyunsaturated fat,
  • 8 g monounsatured fat),
  • 126 mg chol.,
  • 971 mg sodium,
  • 53 g carb.,
  • 2 g fiber,
  • 34 g sugar,
  • 22 g pro.
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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