Honey and Spice Glazed Ham
INGREDIENTS
  • Cooking Time: Approx. 1 - 1 & 1/2 hours
  • Servings: 35 people, (depending on size of ham)
  • 1 x 4 - 7KG ham
  • 375 x ML verjuice or apple cider
  • 100 x ML of honey
  • 1 x TSP of salt
  • Cracked pepper to taste
  • 1 x TBSP of chopped rosemary
  • 1 x TBSP of chopped sage
  • 2 x Cloves of garlic, (crushed)
  • 2 x Cloves, (crushed)
  • 2 x Star anise, (crushed)
  • Skin of one lemon, (grated)
  • 100 x ML of extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 x Onion, (roughly chopped)
  • 1 x Carrot, (roughly chopped)
  • 1 x Stick of celery, (roughly chopped)
DIRECTIONS
  1. Preheat oven to 180°C
  2. Place carrot, celery, and onion in a baking tray.
  3. Remove the skin from the ham leaving a generous layer of fat. Mix spices, herbs, lemon and garlic with oil to form a paste.
  4. Cut some incisions into the ham with a sharp knife.
  5. Rub ham with the paste generously and place on a the baking tray.
  6. Add 3 cups of water to the tray.
  7. Place the tray into the hot oven and keep at 180° for the first 30 minutes then reduce heat to 160°C and cover the ham with foil. Cook for 1 hour, checking from time to time and basting.
  8. *SIDE NOTE*
  9. If juices in the tray dry just add a little more water!!
  10. Meanwhile, combine honey and verjuice/apple cider in a saucepan and bring to the boil. Reduce for 5 minutes.
  11. When the ham is cooked remove it from the oven and uncover. Rest for 20 minutes. Baste with some of the verjuice/apple cider honey mixture and place back in the hot oven to form a glaze. After 5 minutes baste again and repeat a couple more times.
RECIPE BACKSTORY
Perfect dish for entertaining many guests or as a Christmas dinner.