Special thanks to cousin Monique Peña for sharing this special hand-written family recipe from Tio Che with the rest of us, passed down to her from her Tia Elizabeth Vinaja!  

  • One can of ham
  • Brown sugar
  • Orange juice
  • Can of pineapple rings
  • 6 or more cinnamon sticks
  • Corn starch

Preheat oven at 350 degrees.  Open the can and cut criss-crossed lines in the top (see picture).  With gloves on, press a finger into the center of each square (see picture).  Sprinkle brown sugar across the top of the ham. Pour orange juice over the top and place it in the oven.  Every 10 to 15 minutes, use a spoon to pour some of the juice from the bottom of the pan onto the top of the ham as it continues to cook.  Place pineapple rings on top of the ham and bake for half hour or more, depending on your taste.  Flip the pineapple rings every so often to bake evenly.


Put pure orange juice in a pan with 6 or more cinnamon sticks and bring to a boil.  Add a small can of pineapple and brown sugar.  Add a small amount of corn starch to thicken (careful).

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