The Christmas Ham
Succulent, flavourful and tender ham with a sweet ember like crips glaze. This ham is the star of the show for me at any Christmas table. In our home, the tradition is my Dad cooks the ham on Christmas Eve and then it is left to be glazed and baked in the oven on Christmas Day while the Turkey rests. For me, hand on heart one of my favourite pasts of Christmas is the hot ham sandwiches we have late on Christmas Eve. Batch bread, real Irish butter and tender slice of juicy, hot ham. Sensational. My Dad’s top tips for cooking the ham is all in the boiling. Well first actually it is all in getting the correct size saucepan to fit the ham. Then it is about the boiling. Place the ham in the saucepan. Cover with cold water and bring it to the boil, then refresh ( change ) the water about 3 times throughout the duration of the cooking process. Now you have it, our family secret to a great Christmas Ham. I hope you enjoy it and be sure to give the glaze a go, it is so simple you would be mad not too. a
Christmas Ham with Whiskey & Marmalade Glaze
- 2 carrots 2 onions, 2 sticks celery, bouquet Garni, some peppercorns.
- Cook the ham in boiling water for 25 minutes per 450g and 30 minutes over.
- After the ham is cooked, allow it to cool overnight.
- On Christmas Day prepare the glaze. Stir together 4 heaped tbsp marmalade, 4 tbsp whiskey, 2 tsp dijon mustard and 2 tbsp honey.
- Trim off the hard rind if it on the ham.
- Depending on how much fat is on the ham trim it down to about 1cm thickness.
- Score the fat in a diamond pattern. Sit the ham on a rack and sit it in a roasting tray. Pour about 3 ladle full of cooking liquor around the end of the roast tray.
- Roast in a preheated oven at 190oC for 20 minutes.
- Take out and paint on the glaze. Roast for 1 hour.
- Take out, rest for 20minutes and carve
- So what are you buying? Technically it is called a gammon but most of us called it a ham (because that is what it is when it's cooked).
- You can buy it with the bone in or the bone out.
- A 4-5kg ham will feed about 8 people with a turkey.
- Make sure you have a pot big enough to cook it in and it will fit in your oven.
- Soak it in cold water overnight the day before ( 23rd), to wash away some of the excess salt.
- Cook the ham on Christmas Eve, then glaze it on Christmas Day.
- To boil (poach it) put the ham in, and cover it with cold water. Bring to a boil and then turn down to a simmer. Skim off any remaining salty scum off the top.