Easy and Delicious Glazed Ham Recipes
3 different ways to prepare a glazed ham for Easter, Christmas or any occasion
Cooking your first Christmas ham can seem daunting but really it is probably one of the easier traditional Christmas dishes and certainly the most impressive looking. It can make a great centerpiece for your celebration buffet or dinner.
The recipes here are simple and have the wow factor. Your family and friends will call you a genius and you are not likely to have tons of ham left over. Oh and I have got Curtis in to help with some video lessons so now you really can't go wrong!
Choosing the size of your ham - Curtis Stone helps work out just what size ham you need
This was the hardest thing for me to work out... what to buy. I have always bought a half ham and usually the bone or shank end cause I think it looks the best glazed and decorated on the table. If you are not planning to serve it this way you might consider the other end, known as the shoulder. The meat at this end can be more tender and it is easier to carve.
First things first, how much ham will you need? It can be hard to work out how big a ham you should buy. Below is a guide for feeding a crowd. If you want leftovers, and let's face it would wouldn't, add a kilogram or two.
How much ham?
12 people = 5 kg ham
16 people = 7 kg ham
25 people = 9 kg ham
more than 25 people = you're mad!
Basic ham preparation for all the recipes here
The first thing you need to do to begin preparing your ham is to remove the rind. Do this by cutting a zig-zag shape around the top of the bone and then slipping your fingers underneath the rind and gently peeling it back. Try to keep the rind in once piece if you can because it is useful for covering the ham when storing it. Leave most of the fat on the ham as this stops the ham drying out during baking.
Score the fat in a diamond pattern - but don't cut right through it or the ham will be more likely to toughen during baking.
When you are ready to place the ham in the oven - I tend to use a disposable foil dish as I don't have a baking dish large enough and it does get pretty messy to clean - place some water in the bottom of the baking dish to stop the glaze from burning and smoking during cooking.
You are now ready to glaze your ham. Choose one of the recipes below and get cooking!
Macadamia and Pineapple Glazed Ham
My absolute favourite Christmas Ham recipe
I have made this one for the last 3 Christmases... It looks sensational and tastes amazing. This recipe should serve 16 adults - or less with some leftovers for Boxing Day :-)
7-8kg leg or shoulder of ham, on the bone
170g (1/2 cup) pineapple jam*
100g (1/2 cup, firmly packed) brown sugar
1 tbsp Dijon mustard
300g macadamia nuts, coarsely chopped*
1. Preheat oven to 180Â°C.
2. Prepare ham following basic steps above.
3. Combine the jam, sugar and mustard in a small saucepan and stir over low heat until jam melts.
4. Using a pastry brush or a spoon cover the ham with half the jam glaze to evenly coat.
5. Place on a low shelf in the oven and bake for 30-50 minutes or until golden brown - keep watch this can happen quickly and nuts can burn if your oven is too hot!
6. Add the nuts to the remaining jam glaze and stir until well combined. Spoon the marmalade mixture over the ham, pressing the nuts firmly onto the ham to secure.
7. Return to the oven and bake for a further 10 minutes or until nuts are lightly toasted.
* You could use other nuts such as pine nuts or almonds if preferred and also substitute your favourite jam or marmalade.
If this is your first Christmas in charge of the cooking you might need this
Carving and storing your Christmas ham - with an Aussie accent
You will no doubt have some ham left over and that is not a problem in most houses as ham sandwiches are pretty popular for a couple of days at least. To keep your ham fresh it is best to put it in the fridge wrapped in a cotton or calico cloth. There are plenty of "Ham" bags for sale at this time of year that you can use or you could use an old pillowcase or tea towel. Just remember to make sure the whole ham is covered.
Your cloth should be soaked in a solution of 2 cups of water and 2 tablespoons of white vinegar before use. Repeat this rinse every 2 days to get the maximum life from your ham.
Display your ham on a stand - to make it a centerpiece of your meal
Lime Glazed Ham
6kg cooked leg ham
6 large limes
2/3 cup lime marmalade
2 tablespoons apricot jam
2 teaspoons hot English mustard
1/4 cup honey
1. Prepare ham cover ham with foil, bake for 45 minutes at 180 degrees Celsius - less for fan forced.
2. Meanwhile prepare the glaze by combining all ingredients in a saucepan stirring over low heat until jams melt.
3. Remove foil, brush ham with half the lime glaze, bake another 20 mins.
4. Arrange lime slices on the ham and use a clove to secure each slice. Cover with the rest of the glaze and back for another 30 mins or until browned.
Celebrity Chef's Ham Recipes
- Nigella Lawson Aromatic Christmas Ham recipe
From Nigella's Christmas Book.
- Bill Granger's Christmas Ham
Yummy glazed ham and mango salsa recipe
- Martha Stewart's Christmas Ham
Apple cider, fennel, cinnamon and cardamon make this ham extra special
- Jamie Oliver's Roasted Marmalade Ham
This orange flavored ham is simple to prepare
- Gordon Ramsey's Maple and Mustard Glazed Ham
4 ingredients make up this tasty but easy to prepare glaze
- Luke Nguyen's Traditional Ham with Red Berry Glaze
Raspberry Jam and Cranberries star in this Christmas ham recipe
Bill Granger's Holiday
Among all the great recipes for entertaining in this book there is a hot and a cold christmas menu to follow. Simple, impressive looking dishes that taste great.
Asian Style Glazed Ham
Prepare ham for cooking using the basic instructions above. This recipe needs to be started the night before you plan to cook it.
Ingredients (serves 8)
1.7kg leg of ham
125ml soy sauce
1/2 cup (125ml) pure maple syrup
2 tbs char siu (Chinese barbecue) sauce
2-3 drops red liquid food colouring
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 tsp five-spice powder
1. Prepare ham as described in basic preparation instructions above. In the centre of each of the diamonds place a star anise. Mix all remaining ingredients in a bowl until combined - Brush over the ham using only about 1/3 of the glaze - and refrigerate overnight
2. Remove from fridge -brush ham with some more glaze mix, then bake for 25 minutes or until golden
3. Check ham and brush with a little more glaze - ensure ham is browning evenly - if not place it back in the oven in a different direction.
4. Place the remaining soy sauce mixture in a small saucepan over low heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 2-3 minutes.
5. Brush over ham just before serving to improve the glaze.
Which half of the ham to buy?
The shank end is more attractive for serving but some say that the meat on the shoulder end is more tender meat
If you really love your ham you will love this
More Christmas Cooking you might enjoy
- Curtis Stone Christmas YouTube Videos
A series of approx a dozen videos produced by the Australian supermarket Coles covering all sorts of Christmas cooking tips
- Christmas leftoever recipes
Plenty of ideas here for using leftover ham
- All About Ham
Basically everything you could want to know about ham and probably more. Also has a ham dictionary :-)
- Australian Christmas leftover recipes from the Taste.com.au website
Every which way with ham