Ham Roast With Blueberry Sauce

ham roast with blueberry sauce

We often roast a cut of local pork for our holiday dinners. It feels festive but not fussy, and it leaves lots of room for sides. This ham-blueberry-honey dish has graced more than its share of celebratory tables, often alongside scalloped potatoes, mashed butternut squash, corn pudding and apple pie. But it works just as well as a weeknight dinner, served with pear slices and a green salad. Added bonus: leftover ham slices make for yummy open-faced sandwiches. This can be a cook once, eat twice dish on your weekly meal plan.

Makes 6-8 servings

Ingredients

  • 3 pound bone-in ham roast
  • 1 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp. fine sea salt
  • 2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries (local if you can get them)
  • 3-4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 Tbsp. honey (local if you can get it)
  • 1 cup red wine vinegar

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 F. Mix together pepper, salt and garlic powder in a small bowl. Rub mixture over ham roast.
  2. Place meat on roasting pan in center of oven. Bake for 1 hour (roughly 20 minutes per pound), or until internal temperature reached 170 F. The center will be slightly pink.
  3. While the meat is cooking, place blueberries into a medium saucepan on medium high heat. Using the back of a spoon or a potato masher, break down the blueberries while stirring. Add garlic and honey. Cook, stirring, until mixture begins to thicken.
  4. Stir in vinegar. Bring sauce to a boil and allow it to bubble, stirring, for about 10 minutes, until the mixture is reduced and thickened to a honey-like texture.
  5. Once roast is done cooking, remove from oven and let rest for 10 minutes.
  6. Slice meat about 1 inch thick. Arrange slices on serving platter. Spoon sauce over meat. Serve warm.

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