Our Pineapple Raisin Sauce is the perfect, delicious accompaniment to a holiday ham.

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Like many families, a baked ham is on the menu for holiday dinners at our house including Christmas and Easter.  Our Pineapple Raisin Sauce is a wonderful, easy sauce to serve along with your holiday ham!

My husband Jack has been making this Pineapple Raisin Sauce recipe for as long as I can remember, and it wouldn’t be a holiday meal without it! In fact, he always gets rave reviews from our dinner guests whenever we serve it. (And, more often than not, someone asks him to share the recipe.)

Pineapple Raisin Sauce

This Pineapple Raisin Sauce is a wonderful blend of sweetness from the raisins, pineapple, and brown sugar, savory from the cloves and ginger, and some Dijon mustard gives the sauce a little flavor kick that perfectly complements a salty baked ham!  We’ve used a mix of both dark and golden raisins here for more visual appeal, but any raisins you have on hand will work for this delicious sauce.

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Pineapple Raisin Sauce

Although this Pineapple Raisin Sauce looks very fancy, it is quite easy to make and chances are you have most of the ingredients in your kitchen cabinet. We used crushed canned pineapple to make today’s recipe, but feel free to use fresh pineapple if you prefer.

It also only takes about fifteen minutes to prepare – and it can easily be made in advance and reheated just before serving.

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Pineapple Raisin Sauce

  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 12 servings

Description

The perfect Pineapple Raisin sauce to accompany baked ham.


Ingredients

  • 4 teaspoons corn starch
  • 2 6-ounce cans pineapple juice
  • 1 20-ounce can crushed pineapple
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • ½ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 cup raisins

Instructions

  1. In a small cup, dissolve corn starch with enough of the pineapple juice to make a slurry. (A slurry is cold liquid mixed with cornstarch until smooth and glossy.) Set aside.
  2. Mix all other ingredients in a medium-sized sauce pan and bring to a boil over low heat.
  3. Add slurry mixture and stir until thickened. Remove from heat.
  4. Serve over sliced baked ham.

Notes

Sauce may be thinned with additional pineapple juice if it becomes too thick.

This recipe originally appeared on AFamilyFeast.com in December 2012. We’ve updated the photos.

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Pineapple Raisin Sauce - The perfect sauce for baked ham made from pineapple juice, crushed pineapple, raisins and Dijon mustard.

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  • Donna wrote:

    Hubby and I used to buy something similier at our local grocery store years ago but haven’t been able to find it again. I even tried making it myself but never got it right so was excited when I saw this and am anxious to try this……thank you for sharing!!

    • Martha wrote:

      Thank you for writing to us Donna! I hope you enjoy the recipe! Happy holidays!

  • Jody Arguelles wrote:

    How much is just one serving size? I’m trying to get this recipe for my mother, and she would like to know whether it’s two teaspoons, one tablespoon, etc. Thanks so much.

    • Martha wrote:

      Hi Jody – We’d estimate about 1/4 cup per serving.

  • Charlotte wrote:

    Just wondering how far in advance I can make this sauce?

    • Martha wrote:

      Hi Charlotte – A few days in advance (maybe 2-3 days) should be fine. Enjoy!

  • Chris wrote:

    I have made this twice and it’s really good. We don’t have raisin fans so I left them out. I also reduced the sugar to 1/2 cup as we felt it was sweet enough.

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks Chris – so glad you enjoyed the recipe. We also appreciate knowing that the sauce made with less sugar and no raisins still tastes delicious!

  • David Donahue wrote:

    My Grandmother would make a small bowl of this just for me at Holidays I loved it so much!
    Don’t think it had mustard in it but I will try it that way…
    Also a nice gift when invited to dinner in a glass jar and paper wrapped.

    • Martha wrote:

      What a great gift idea David! Thank you for the suggestion! I hope our version is as good as the sauce your Grandmother used to make for you!

  • Lisa Huff wrote:

    Ohhh I want it! Yum!

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks Lisa! 🙂

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