How to cook a Christmas Ham plus 6 quick and easy glazes

Christmas is creeping up all too fast. The absolute best thing about the silly season for us is the food and family feasts.

When we lived in the UK, Christmas dinner would take 2 days to prepare.

Day 1 would be for massaging the turkey with enormous amounts of butter, stuffing it with 2 types of stuffing and prepping the veggies. Brussel sprouts, mashed carrot & swede, parsnips, roast potatoes, boiled potatoes, broccoli and cauliflower cheese. I was sometimes lucky enough to have help, my hungover sister, what a great help, it would take her 2 hours to peel a carrot!!! I’m not even joking!

Day 2, Christmas day there would be chipolata sausages to wrap in bacon, celery & Stilton soup, bread sauce & the gravy to make. Mum always put the turkey in the oven, Dad did his bit, he was guaranteed entertainment and would always trip over a dog while carrying a huge cauldron of potatoes to the Aga.

The best part about a huge feast is all the leftovers - Turkey, ham, homemade pickled onions, crusty bread, Stilton, strong cheddar and Jacobs cream crackers. Add to this a good bottle of port, a tin of Quality Street, a Terrys chocolate orange and a Christmas cake the size of a small car and Christmas is complete!

Even though it’s just for Carl and myself I still make a huge feast and I wanted to share some easy ways to cook a ham. If it’s cooked and ready to eat cold on boxing day it gives you a day off!

Slow cooking is by far the easiest way. My friend always cooks hers from frozen. She said she takes it straight from the freezer, puts it in the slow cooker in the morning and in the afternoon its done and delicious! You can’t get easier than that!

Tips

  • You can precook your gammon and glaze it just before you need to serve it - I never do this because Carl cannot resist it and I never have a ham left to glaze lol. I cook it then hide it when its glazed and cooled.

  • You will need a longer glazing time for a precooked cold ham. Approx 45 mins from a room temperature.

  • Before carving your cooked ham, let it rest 15 minutes to redistribute juices and firm up the meat.

  1. Slow cooked Gammon

  2. Cola Ham (gammon)

  3. Oven baked Smoked ham

  4. Slow cooked Smoked ham

  5. Whisky maple glaze

  6. Honey mustard glaze

  7. Whisky marmalade glaze

  8. Pineapple & ginger glaze

  9. Root beer bbq glaze

  10. Cherry, lime & ginger glaze

1. Slow Cooked Gammon

Ingredients

  • 4lb Cobblestone Farm Gammon

  • ¾ cup brown soft sugar

  • 2 cups cider

  • 2 bay leaves

  • 10 black peppercorns

  • Cloves

Directions

  1. Tip half the sugar into the slow cooker and place the gammon on top. Rub over the remaining sugar.

  2. Pour the cider around the gammon. Add the bay leaves and peppercorns. Cover with the lid and cook on high for 4hr.

  3. Lift out of slow cooker and discard liquid.

  4. Make your favourite glaze.

  5. Score the fat with a sharp knife to make fairly large diamond shapes, and stud each diamond with a clove if you like.

  6. Carefully apply your glaze

  7. Finish in a 450F oven for about 10 mins until glaze is bubbly

2. Cola Ham

Ingredients

  • 4lb Cobblestone Farm Gammon

  • 1 onion (peeled and cut in half)

  • 2 litres coca-cola - must be full sugar stuff

  • Cloves for studding the fat

Directions

  1. Put the gammon in a pan, add the onion, then pour over the Coke.

  2. Bring to the boil, reduce to a good simmer, put the lid on, though not tightly, and cook for 2 hours. Or Cook in slow cooker on high for 4 hours.

  3. If the gammon's been in the fridge right up to the moment you cook it, you will have to give it a good 15 minutes or so extra so that the interior is properly cooked.

  4. Make your favourite glaze.

  5. Score the fat with a sharp knife to make fairly large diamond shapes, and stud each diamond with a clove.

  6. Carefully apply your glaze

  7. Finish in a 450F oven for about 10 mins until glaze is bubbly.

3. Oven baked Smoked Ham

Ingredients

  • 4lb Cobblestone Farm Smoked Ham

  • Glaze of your choice


Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degree F

  2. Score the fat.

  3. Put ham in a roasting pan cut-side down.

  4. Brush with your favourite glaze.

  5. Tent it with foil.

  6. Bake it for 20 minutes per pound.

  7. Every 20 minutes or so, brush the ham with more glaze and baste it with the pan juices.

  8. To finish, remove the foil tent, brush the ham with glaze and pan juices one more time, and turn the oven to broil.

  9. Broil for about about 3-to-5 minutes until the outside glaze is deliciously caramelized -- but watch it closely so it doesn't get too dark.

4. Slow Cooked Smoked Ham

Ingredients

  • 4lb Cobblestone Farm Smoked Ham

  • ½ cup broth/water or apple juice

  • Glaze of your choice.

Directions

  1. Put liquid & ham in the slow cooker.

  2. Cook the ham on high for 2 hours, or until a meat thermometer inserted in the ham registers 160F

  3. Score the ham fat.

  4. Mix your favourite glaze. When ham is cooked you can either glaze it and finish in a 450F oven or

  5. Spread the glaze over the ham and cook with the lid off for an additional 20 to 30 minutes, or until the glaze thickens and slightly caramelizes.

5. Whisky Maple Glaze

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup melted butter

  • ¼ cup of maple syrup

  • ¼ cup of whiskey - I used salted caramel whisky, it was delicious

  • Salt and pepper

Directions

  1. Whisk together ingredients

  2. Carefully pour over ham

6. Honey Mustard Glaze

Ingredients

  • 1 heaped tablespoon honey

  • 2 teaspoons english mustard powder

  • 2 tablespoons turbinado or brown sugar

Directions

  1. Carefully spread the honey over the fat.

  2. Gently pat the mustard and sugar onto the sticky fat.

7. Whisky Marmalade Glaze

Ingredients

  • ⅓ cup whiskey

  • ½ cup marmalade

  • Juice of 1 orange

  • 2 tsp mustard powder (or 2 Tbsp Dijon mustard)

  • ¼ cup honey or brown sugar

  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon

  • Pinch ground all spice

Directions

  1. Put ingredients into a small pan and simmer for 5-10 mins or until sticky.

  2. Gently brush the sticky sauce onto the ham and place in the oven.

    8. Pineapple & Ginger Glaze

Ingredients

  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger

  • ½ cup pineapple juice

  • ¾ cup brown sugar

Directions

  1. Mix ingredients in a bowl

  2. Gently brush the sticky glaze onto the ham and place in the oven.

9. Root Beer BBQ Glaze

Ingredients

  • ¾ cup root beer

  • ½ cup barbecue sauce

  • ½ cup packed brown sugar

Directions

  1. Mix ingredients in a bowl

  2. Gently brush the sticky glaze onto the ham and place in the oven..

10. Cherry, Lime & Ginger Glaze

Ingredients

  • ½ cup cherry jam

  • 2 tablespoons packed brown sugar

  • 1 teaspoon grated lime peel

  • 1 tablespoon lime juice

  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger

Directions

  1. Mix ingredients in a bowl

  2. Gently brush the glaze onto the ham and place in the oven.