How to Cook a Toupie Ham With Pineapple

by Assia M. Mortensen

Toupie ham gets its moniker from the French word "toupie," which refers to a spinning top, a toy which roughly emulates the shape of the ham. This cut of meat is composed of the entire leg of the ham, and usually comes de-boned and pre-cooked. Adding a flavorful, citrus glaze and cooking the Toupie ham for an additional hour allows the flavor of pineapple to infuse into the meat. The added cooking time also makes the ham's outside a little crisp while the inside remains juicy. Instead of maraschino cherries, try placing red grapes into the center of your pineapple rings.

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Place the ham in a casserole dish.

Combine the brown sugar, ginger ale and reserved pineapple juice in a bowl to create a glaze.

Pour the brown sugar glaze slowly over the ham.

Cover the outside of the ham with pineapple rings; secure the rings to the ham with toothpicks if necessary.

Place one red grape in the center of each ring and secure with a toothpick.

Cover the ham with a tent of aluminum foil and bake it for 20 minutes in the preheated oven.

Remove the foil and cook the ham for an additional 30 to 40 minutes.

Remove the ham from the oven and allow it to sit for 10 minutes before cutting and serving. This allows the ham's juices to resettle throughout the meat.

Garnish the ham with additional grapes on your serving platter, if desired.

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About the Author

Assia M. Mortensen has over 12 years of experience as an editor and journalist, and has published hundreds of articles in magazines, newspapers and online at "The Santa Barbara Independent," "Frontiers Magazine," "805 Living Magazine," Huffingtonpost.com, LIVESTRONG.COM and many other outlets. Mortensen graduated from the University of California in Santa Cruz with a Bachelor of Arts in literature and creative writing.