Serious Blogging Series Part 3: Christmas Ham for Noobs
Yay! It’s Christmas Eve! Tonight the Jolly Fat Red Man comes to pay a visit, tomorrow we become jolly fat people ourselves, and life’s generally jolly all around!
Christmas this year has been a bit of an anomaly for me…I’ve actually managed to get all my presents organised,wrapped and under the tree at least 4 days before Christmas. I know, right?! Who is this crazy organised person, and can she stay for good? Ryan’s kept things real though by venturing to the nearest Westfield at no earlier than 10pm last night (open til midnight for those sorry disorganised souls) and he still hasn’t gotten all the presents he was designated to get (he’s bought mine though so that’s all that counts!).
I think because I’ve had such a cruisy Christmas this year that I’ve decided to make life challenging for myself in other ways. I’ve created a fabulous christmas sewing task that will be done again and again and be passed down through the Stuarts for generations to come (a girl’s allowed to dream). I have gorged myself on amazing choc-rum truffles. I’ve left the cleaning of the house to the day before Christmas (and yes, we are hosting both the Stuart and Stewart clan this year). And today I decided to take on the glorious task of making a Christmas Ham. For the very first time. And yes, I meant to give Christmas Ham capital letters. Or, to put it more truthfully, the glorious task of glazing a Christmas Ham. For a noob like me, this is something that could either go really, really well…or really, spectacularly badly.
Now, I see you rolling your eyes, scoffing, making those stupid ‘derrr’ faces at your computer screen. Well, if you’ve had the opportunity to make a Christmas Ham before, good for you, give yourselves a pat on the back. I had never had the opportunity come up before now, and really had very little idea what to expect.
Now, I’m not a complete masochist. I purchased an already cooked ham. I’ve amalgamated several ideas and recipes that I found on the Internet until I came up with a glaze that I think is super easy. I am not even going to pressure myself by serving it at the dinner table – this ham is purely for Ryan and myself, a breakfast treat for two on Christmas day, with some delicious cold cuts left behind to enjoy again and again!
In fact, I believe I can confidently say, this is the easiest Christmas Ham recipe ever.
Christmas Ham for Noobs
1-2kg Ham roast portion – I bought one that had already been skinned and hand scored (part of why this recipe is super, duper easy).
1/4 cup of butter
1/4 cup honey
2-3 tablespoons of brown sugar (depending on how much of a sweet tooth you are)
2 tablespoons of Dijon mustard
cloves (enough to poke one in each square of fat)
1. Preheat your oven to 165° Celsius. Melt the butter in a microwave safe container and add the honey, brown sugar and Dijon mustard. Mix to combine well.
2. Place your ham in a no drip baking tray or rack and baste with about half of your mixture.
3. Press a clove, pointed side down, into each diamond in the ham fat.
4. Roast, uncovered, for 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and baste with the remaining mixture.
5. Roast for a further 20 minutes before basting the ham with the drippings from the tray.
6. Roast for another 15 minutes per kg of ham, basting at the end or after every 20 minutes.
7. Slice thinly to serve, or store in the fridge overnight.
This ham keeps well for several days, and keeps best if kept in a ham bag or pillow case which has been soaked in water and wrung out. Or you can freeze it for up to 2 months!
So what do you think? Is this the easiest Christmas Ham ever? It’s perfect for a couple or small group at Christmas.
And there you have it! My first three part series. I hope you enjoyed reading! I’ll be back in the New Year with my take on Christmas Day, Woodford Folk Festival, and all the joys of moving house!
Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Years everyone! I’ll see you in 2015!