Guava and Habanero Glazed Holiday Ham Recipe; Enter to Win Farmer John $25 Giveaway

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LatinoFoodie Art Rodriguez presenting his Guava and Habanero Glazed Ham

The holidays are upon us – don’t panic! LatinoFoodie is here to help you put a Latin twist to some of your favorite, traditional dishes. Thanks to the good people at Farmer John, we received a beautiful ham this week. Farmer John has been a Southern California staple since 1931 and their meats are featured in some of the area’s best cuisine. Who can pass up a Dodger Dog while sipping on a cold beer at a ballgame? Or, the smell of perfectly seasoned carnitas cooking at a local East LA Mexican restaurant?

Nothing is better than the smell of ham baking in your own kitchen though. Let’s face it, you can’t go wrong with good ol’ brown sugar and butter, but we wanted to be more creative this Thanksgiving. We searched for a sweet fruit that is native to Mexico and South America and would pair nicely with some heat from a Habanero pepper. From mangoes to tamarindo, the winner was the guava, a tropical fruit with yellow skin and pink pulp.

Glazing precooked hams is perfect for the holidays because they can be on the table in no time at all.  We used store-bought guava marmalade as another time-saving step, but homemade marmalade can be a fun weekend project and make great gifts.  Be careful handling the Habanero as this is one of the most blazing peppers out there. We used two Habanero peppers for this recipe, but we recommend starting off with one or even half of one and add to taste.


1 Farmer John Spiral Sliced Premium Ham, thawed
2 cups dark brown sugar, packed
1 17 oz can of guava marmalade
1-3 Habanero peppers, minced
2 cinnamon sticks
½ cup of unsalted butter, cubed
¼ tsp. kosher salt


Preheat oven to 325°F.

In a sauce pot place the brown sugar, cinnamon sticks, guava marmalade, Habanero peppers, butter and salt.  Stir to incorporate and bring to a simmer over medium heat, then reduce to low.  Keep on the heat for about 15 minutes, just long enough to marry the flavors.  Take off the heat, remove the cinnamon sticks and let cool slightly. Place your fully cooked ham in a roasting pan.

Drizzle the Guava & Habanero glaze over the ham. Cover the ham with foil. Place in oven and bake. Set a timer to remind you to baste your ham with the delicious glaze every 15 or 20 minutes.  You’ll want your ham in the oven for about 13 minutes for each pound.  Remember to let your ham rest for a few minutes before you carve it.

Ta Da! The final product. A deliciously moist ham with the right amount of sweetness and hint of spice.

Farmer John has provided LatinoFoodie with five $25 gift certificates for hams and other Farmer John meat products you can use during this holiday season. Please note that Farmer John products are sold in California, Nevada, Arizona and Hawaii. Here’s how to enter to win:

1.  Like LatinoFoodie on Facebook and Twitter by noon PST, Wednesday, December 1, 2011.

2.  Post a comment on our Facebook page letting us know you did so and want to enter the Farmer John Giveaway

Disclosure: LatinoFoodie was compensated to develop the recipe and write this post, but the words and opinions are our own.

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  1. Home phone 1-814-626-1368

    Back in the 1960′s and early 1970′s I remember Farmer John:s hams cooking in the oven at both Christmas and Easter. Back then they came in a silverly wrapper with a full image of Farmer John on the label from farmers boots to his cowboy style hat on his head, We really enjoyed those hams back then. Christmas morning Dad whose name also was John use to let me unwrap the ham and to me it was like an extra Christmas present because it was wrapped in the silver and I knew how great it would taste at dinner time.
    I was one year old when we got into San Pedro California in 1960 and left in April 1980.
    Those days on Christmas and Easter will live long into my memories and into Heaven.
    Thank you Farmer John for such a wonderful childhood experience. Also that Farmer John had the same first name as my Dad and the connection I enjoyed believing back when I was a child,
    I really wish since I liive back here in Newry, PA that I could enjoy another Christmas Farmer John ham. Please let me know if I can get one, thank you.

    I am Respectfully:

    Stephan G. Janosik.

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