Christmas is that time of year that encourages us to delve into our recipe books and get our aprons on. This week, I've prepared a recipe for your Christmas menu which is easy to follow and a great alternative to turkey.
Simon Howie Butchers provided us with this delicious ham and it really does make the perfect choice for the festive period. Ham is so versatile. It's just as delicious served cold so perfect for Christmas Eve dinner if your family and friends are arriving at different times. This means you not a slave to the kitchen as guests can help themselves as they arrive.
It’s also a perfect choice for the Christmas day table as it can be cooked the day before and kept in the fridge overnight. Then it’s just a case of adding the glaze and warming it up in the oven following steps 4-6 below. This is a firm favourite in our house over the Christmas period.
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1. Place the gammon in a large pan and cover with cold water. Add the onions, cinnamon, peppercorns and herbs to the pot and bring to the boil. Turn down and simmer for 1hr 30 mins until the meat becomes tender. Keep topping up the water level with boiling water if necessary.
2. Remove the ham from the water and allow to cool slightly.
3. Preheat the oven to 170C. Make the glaze by mixing the maple syrup, mustard, Worcestershire sauce and soy sauce in a bowl.
4. Cut away any skin from the ham leaving a good layer of fat and score the fat of the ham using a sharp knife, to create a zig zag pattern. Place the ham in a shallow roasting tin and coat the ham entirely with the glaze using a brush or a spoon.
5. Roast the ham uncovered in the oven, basting with the glaze every 20 minutes for an hour.
6. Let the ham rest for 15 minutes before carving.
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