When Christmas comes the majority of people like to have some ham on their table, and although it is said that this is an expensive dish, we might say that Christmas isn’t the time to look at the price of the items.

Christmas Ham - Maple and Mustard Glazed

Baked ham with spiced cherry glaze

The ingredients of this tasty dish include some nonstick spray, some ham, half a cup of white wine or water, a cup of cherry preserves, a tablespoon of creamy horseradish, a tablespoon of brown sugar, half a teaspoon of ground cinnamon, half a teaspoon of ground cumin, quarter a teaspoon of ground cardamom, the same amount of salt and a juiced and zested lemon.

Preheat the oven and then add foil to a roasting pan and apply a bit of nonstick spray.

Then start working with the ham through scoring the sides and the top with a knife in a zigzag pattern. Place the ham in the roasting pan and then add the water or the wine. Create a tent with the foil and bake the ham for 45-60 minutes.

Prepare the glaze through mixing the preserves, brown sugar, horseradish, cinnamon, cardamom, cumin, lemon juice and salt. Put this mixture in a saucepan and bring it to a boil. This should take about 2-3 minutes. Take the pan off the heat and add the zest of the lemon.

Once the ham is done remove it from the oven and add to it ¼ cup of cherry mixture. Then put the ham back in the oven for another 20 minutes, but in this case you don’t have to cover it. In the end get the ham out of the oven and let it cool a bit before you proceed with the slicing.

Maple and mustard glazed ham

In order to prepare this dish you need the ham of course, a cinnamon stick, a teaspoon of peppercorns, a teaspoon of coriander seeds, two bay leaves, and 25 cloves. To prepare the glaze make sure that you have at hand 200 ml of maple syrup, two tablespoons of mustard, two tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce, and two tablespoons of soy sauce.

Place the ham in a large pan and cover it with water. Then add to it the bay and the spices. Bring the water to a boil and then simmer for an hour and 50 minutes. In case there is some scum at the top of the water, you should remove it.

Remove the water from the pan and allow the ham to cool. In the meantime preheat the oven. Add the ham to a roasting tin and remove the skin, leaving a layer of fat. Make sure that there is some fat on the entire ham and add the cloves to it. Leave the ham to marinate for maximum 2 days.

Mix the ingredients for the glaze. Pour half of it over the fat and roast it for 15 minutes. Then pour the rest and roast for another 35 minutes. Make sure that the ham colors evenly.

(photo : www.bbcgoodfood.com)

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