First Monday Menu: Hawaiian Ham

It’s been a while since I made something from a First Monday Menu. This Hawaiian Ham recipe is from the April 1941 issue of Better Homes and Gardens. There was a section called “Cook’s Round Table of Endorsed Recipes” that had recipes submitted by readers and tested in the Better Homes and Gardens Tasting Test Kitchen. This month’s consisted of ham recipes and cakes. The recipes were meant to be pulled from the magazine and even had holes already punched to allow for storage in a binder.

The Better Homes and Gardens Taste Testers recommended adding a salad and peach cobbler to round out this meal.


Pineapple is the dominant flavor here. In fact, it almost overpowered the flavor of the ham. I wish we had put more sweet potato on ours. Two people told me at different times that this reminded them of a holiday dinner all smooshed into one dish, and that pretty much sums it up, I think. You can taste the mustard, and it adds a nice kick that helps temper some of the sweetness from the pineapple juice. The meal was filling and easy to make, making this a good week night menu if the cobbler is made beforehand.

Let me know if you try this recipe. Can you believe it is October already? I can’t wait to write about more fall foods and holiday ideas. I hope you’ll join me!

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