Merry Christmas! I know you’re busy today, but I figured you’ll wake up tomorrow wondering what the heck you’re going to do with all of that leftover ham, so I’m giving you the Christmas present of a super easy recipe.
Curried Ham with Mangoes! In fifteen minutes!
I picked up this awesome old cookbook (circa 1987) called Tropic Cooking at the used bookstore up the street and found a really basic recipe for using up leftover ham which essentially read “mix with mangoes and curry powder, then broil.”
Now, the adaptation I’ve included below doesn’t get much more complicated than that, but I’ve provided some useful measurements and cooking times for you so you have a better idea of how to go about making this.
This recipe really couldn’t be much simpler, and it’s a great way to use up leftovers after the holidays. The mango and curry powder lends a wonderful tropical flavor to the ham, but if you don’t like mango you could certainly substitute pineapple.
Just lay the ham and mangoes in a baking dish, then dot the top with butter, brown sugar, and curry powder. The toppings get all cozy under your broiler and the brown sugar kind of caramelizes on top of the ham.
I served mine with my favorite kind of packaged rice; it’s seasoned with saffron and comes out a vibrant yellow color. It’s the closest thing I’ve found to the rice you get at Mexican restaurants. I like it a lot better than the saucy Spanish rice variety. You can almost always find it on the rice aisle of your regular grocery store.
I can’t stress enough how easy, quick, and yummy this is! Serve with a bit of cilantro and lime if you have it on hand. Enjoy your Boxing Day 🙂
The Wanderlust Kitchen, adapted from Tropic Cooking
5 minPrep Time
10 minCook Time
15 minTotal Time
- 1 lb. cooked lean ham, cut into bite sized pieces
- 2 c. peeled and diced ripe mango
- 2 Tbsp. cold butter, cut into small pieces
- 1/4 c. packed brown sugar
- 1 tsp. curry powder
- Preheat your oven's broiled to high. Adjust an oven rack to be about a foot from the heat source.
- Place the ham in an oven-safe casserole dish, then top with the mango pieces.
- Dot the top of the mangoes with the butter, then sprinkle the brown sugar and curry powder on top.
- Broil until the brown sugar starts to bubble, 5-10 minutes (depending on how hot your oven's broiler is!)
- *Note: You may wish to broil on low if you're not sure how hot the "high" setting gets. Put your oven rack about 8 inches below the heat source if you're broiling on low.