My husband is working this Christmas, so we put on a small family celebration this past weekend. I’m writing content for Woolworths this Christmas, and one of their staring products is the half leg of ham that won best available ham nationally at the 2017-2018 Australian Pork Awards, and this became the central focus of our meal.
Ham is such a great Christmas food for the Aussie climate, and they come ready to eat too – but you can make it extra special by glazing, which gives it that festive flair. My husband and I had never cooked a ham with glaze before, but thought we would give it a shot with the one of the new Woolworths ready-made glazes. They come in three delicious flavours, Sweet Cherry (which I picked), Golden Maple & Spiced Apple. On the back of the glaze packet, there are written instructions, which we followed. I’ve listed the steps with extra tips we found helpful below.
We kept the menu simple, and I’ve listed the products I used below.
- Woolworths Half Leg Ham
- Sweet Cherry Glaze
- Hoyts Cloves Whole
- Potato Salad
- Ancient Grain Salad
- Beetroot & Spinach Salad
- Mini carrots(to make honey carrots)
- Devondale Sparkling Apple Juice
- Woolworths Gold Pineapple & Rum Pudding
- Pauls Double Thick French Vanilla Custard
- Thickened Cream (for whipping)
- Crackertoa Christmas Confetti Popping Party Crackers 6 pack
- Christmas Glitter Wine Glass
How to Make Glazed Ham
1. Only 4 ingredients are required – a leg ham, ready made glaze, whole cloves, and water.
2. Preheat the oven to 170°C, line a roasting pan with baking paper and add 1/3 of a cup of water to the pan.
3. Score the rind around the shank of the ham. This area does not contain a lot of fat, so it’s hard to remove the skin, so just leave it in place.
4. Working from the largest end, remove the rind. Be sure to leave the underlying fat behind. It is easy to remove both the rind and the fat together if not careful. You can see in image 4, to only remove the skin, and not the fat.
5. Removing the rind is not hard, but should not be rushed and is easy to remove in sections (the underlying fat becomes quite thin as you approach the shank).
6. Score a diamond pattern into the fat, working diagonally one way, and then the other. Try not to cut too much into the meat part, only score the fat.
7. Add a clove at the centre of each diamond.
8. Brush with 1/3 of the glaze.
9. Bake for 25 minutes.
10. Open the oven and brush with 1?2 the remaining glaze, incorporating any pan juices, and bake for another 25 minutes; add a little extra water if required.
11. Coat the ham with the remaining glaze and bake for another 25 minutes. Increase the oven temperature to 180°C if required at the end to get a dark, golden crust.
12. Remove from the oven and allow to rest for 10-20 minutes before carving.
We put our ham on a large plate and surrounded it with honey carrots to serve.
While I was at Woolies, I picked up some Crackertoa Christmas Confetti Popping Party Crackers and it wasn’t until we got home that I realised they popped paper confetti! It was so fun! And the paper sprinkles added decoration to the table.
Here’s a little video of the POP!
The kids love drinking out of a special cup, so I bought a Christmas Glitter Wine Glass for them (we had sparkling apple juice which goes wonderfully with ham).
Our children aren’t all that keen on puddings (I find ice-cream is always a winner with the kids), but the adults enjoy it. We tried the Gold Pineapple & Rum Pudding. The pudding is decked in gold lustre and comes with cherry sauce andfragrant toasted coconut flakes for serving.
Serve with fresh cherries, cream and custard. YUM!
If you’re like me and have never tried to glaze a ham before, I hope this helps give you the confidence to do it. It was easy and a huge hit at our Christmas gathering. You can find both the award winning hams and the ready-made glazes in the Deli section at Woolworths.