The great christmas dinner is just around the corner and this year it’s our turn to host the party at our house. So while stressing about getting all the stuff bought for serving a 4-course dinner for 20 people.. I’m gonna share my favourite recipe for an ultimate juicy, crispy-edged ham! This is a great classical addition to the main course of the christmas dinner or to other dinner occasions.
This recipe only contains a few ingredients and is very easy to make! Beside that it requires some patience because of the cooking time – BUT remember.. if it’s for the christmas dinner you’ve probably a lot of other dishes to do in that time. So let’s go over to the ingredients!
2 ½ kg ham
3-4 medium carrots
2 medium onion
½ tsp peppercorn
½ tsp coriander seeds
And no ham without a great glaze, as you just need something sweet to balance with all that saltiness. This honey-mustard glaze just creates the most perfect caramelized crust for the ham:
For the glaze
5 tbsp mustard
5 tbsp brown sugar
2 tbsp honey
- Place the ham in a large saucepan and pour in some cold water (just enough to cover the ham).
- Let it boil for a few seconds and add in the roughly chopped onion, leek, carrots and the spices. If you like you can just lightly crush (except the cinnamon and cloves!) the spices before adding. It will give a bit more extra spice to the flavour.
- Turn down to medium heat and let it simmer for about 2 hours.
4. Take out the ham and let it cool down for 20 minutes or so. Here you can either choose to leave the stocking or strain it for other uses (soup etc.). Remove the net and cut of the skin from the ham. Be careful that you don’t cut away to much.
5. This should leave you with an even layer of fat. Using a sharp knife, gently make cuts with diamond pattern. Don’t make your cuts too deep.. Just stop at the point where the knife touches the layer of meat beneath. In that way you’ll get the crunchy outside and still let the glaze reach into the meat.
6. Preheat your oven to 250C.
Now it’s time to make the glaze! Here I’m using dijon mustard instead of normal yellow mustard as it gives a more sharper and spicy taste. So it totally comes down to taste preference!
7. Mix together the ingredients for the glaze and pour half of it over the ham. Brush it to create an even layer and roast it in the oven for 15 min.
8. Take out the ham and pour on rest of the glaze. Return it to the oven for another 25-30 min. until a dark golden-brown crust has formed. Allow the ham to rest for about 20 minutes before slicing.
Serve it directly after and maybe arrange it with some freshly cooked vegetables (optional).