How to prepare Pineapple and Maple Syrup Ham and what wine to pair with it

pubblicato 11-01-2024

How to prepare Pineapple and Maple Syrup Ham and what wine to pair with it

Pineapple sure is the protagonist of some really controversial recipes, but this one, we guarantee, is really delicious! It involves this super appreciated fruit and a very tasty Ham preparation, involving Maple Syrup and other really surprising ingredients. Are you a fan already? Let’s see how to prepare this delicacy and how to pair it with one of our favorite bottles!


  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard (16 g)
  • 12 cloves (0.4 g)
  • 6 slices canned pineapple (220 g)
  • 1 kg smoked ham (whole)
  • 1 onion, coarsely chopped (200 g)
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup (65 mL)
  • 3 tbsp orange juice (45 mL)

In order to prepare the perfect Pineapple and Maple Syrup Ham, you need to follow these very precise steps: to begin with, position the pork loin in an ample pot and include the shallots and pineapple nectar. Bring it to a boil over elevated heat.

Once boiling, diminish the heat to medium, lid it, and simmer for 70 minutes. (Pork loin require approximately 40 minutes of cooking per kilo). After cooking, cautiously lift the pork loin from the pot and position it on a baking tray to cool a bit. Preheat the oven to 375°F (190 C).

Prepare the glaze: in a diminutive pan over moderate heat, blend the Dijon mustard and your other ingredients, pineapple nectar, and maple syrup, bringing it to a boil. Cook for 10 minutes, or until marginally condensed and shiny. Delicately detach the skin from the pork loin, utilizing a petite paring knife to assist in loosening the fat from the skin. Make sure to retain a slim layer of fat atop the pork.

You can incise the fat in a diamond pattern and insert a clove into each intersecting section. Generously coat the pork loin with the glaze, ensuring to conserve at least half of the glaze. Roast the pork loin for 40 minutes, reapplying the glaze halfway through. Slice and serve!

Pineapple can be a real challenge when it comes to wine pairings: this fruit stands out as a fascinating one, celebrated for its attributes that contribute to overall well-being and health protection. Boasting therapeutic and slimming properties, pineapple offers a mere 48 calories per 100 grams, establishing it as a diet-friendly choice. Remarkably, certain inherent properties even contribute to fat burning.

Typically enjoyed in the summer alongside light dishes, this exotic fruit pairs exceptionally well with wines that mirror its lightness while featuring floral notes. Considering this, a delightful and simple choice could be a rosé wine. For evenings marked by elevated temperatures, seeking refreshment through a blend of melon, mango, avocado, and pineapple, harmonized with the floral tones of a rosé wine, becomes a tempting option.

We know your mouth is already watery, but another very important part of this recipe is yet to be touched: which wine would suit this recipe best? Well, we can only recommend our wonderful Dogajolo Toscano IGT 2022

This represents a Super-Tuscan White crafted from vineyards nurtured on the estate, strategically planted following a meticulous analysis to pinpoint the optimal conditions for crafting this wine. The hillside vineyards, cultivated without irrigation, are situated within the Chianciano and Montepulciano (Siena) estate. 

Crafted from a blend of Chardonnay grapes, coupled with Grechetto and Sauvignon Blanc, the grapes undergo destemming, then subsequently the juice is cooled and kept with the skins for a short duration. Following pressing and settling, the wine undergoes fermentation under controlled temperatures. The nascent wine is promptly racked, filtered, and maintained at lower temperatures. This preserves the fruity aromas in their utmost freshness and facilitates a natural stabilization process. Notably, this wine hasn't undergone clarifications or stabilization using chemical agents. Displaying a straw-yellow hue with green undertones, it boasts a delightful, fruity, and elegantly aromatic profile that is harmonious, which makes it your best option for a pineapple pairing. It possesses a medium body with pleasing acidity and concludes with a dry, velvety, and soft finish. Ideally served at 10-12°C. Enjoy your recipe!