Need an easy peasy glazed ham recipe for Christmas that’s full of flavour and looks pretty, but is simple and stress free to make? Why not try my Easy Mulled Wine Christmas Ham – only 5 ingredients and only 10 minutes hands on time!!
Well, Christmas is now in full swing at my house. I have been cooking like mad lately – recipe testing, photographing and generally getting all my Christmas content ready. I have made so many exciting things lately, I just can’t wait to share with you!! In fact I couldn’t quite contain myself and have been previewing a few of my Christmas recipes on Instagram. If you don’t already follow me there, I’d love you to hop over and take a look 🙂
For my first proper Christmas recipe this year, I wanted to do an easy peasy take on Christmas ham. It’s a real Christmas favourite, and there are a whole load of fab recipes out there, but so many are rather faffy and complicated and have numerous steps and processes. I wanted to create something that was as hassle free as possible (because let’s face it, we’ve all got enough to be getting on with this Christmas already!) BUT without compromising on flavour.
My Christmas ham recipe has only three simple steps: poaching the ham for a couple of hours, slathering it in honey and mustard and adding those all-important cloves, then finally roasting in the oven for 20 minutes to produce that gorgeous burnished look.
The key way to get flavour into a ham is in the poaching liquid. I looked at several recipes – most seem to go for a flavoured stock, a couple go for Coca Cola and one even went for Irn Bru as the poaching liquid, but I wanted to do something very simple, while still infusing my ham with the flavour of Christmas – I wondered if mulled wine might work…
And the answer is yes! Poaching the ham in a bottle of cheap supermarket mulled wine works a treat – infusing the ham with wonderful Christmassy flavours of spice and citrus, with very little work involved.
The red wine does colour the ham a lovely red, which I think adds to the effect, but if you prefer a slightly paler colour, you could use a bottle of white mulled wine or mulled cider instead.
Serve this ham with a tray of roast veggies for simple roast dinner or alongside your turkey and trimmings as part of your Christmas dinner. It would also be brilliant on Boxing Day with salad and baked potatoes or as part of a Boxing Day buffet.
To go with this ham, I would recommend a medium bodied fruity red, such as Cotes du Rhone, Spanish Garnacha or Chilean Merlot.
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Easy Mulled Wine Christmas Ham
- 2 kg unsmoked gammon joint
- 750 ml mulled red wine
- 1 tablespoon runny honey
- 1 tablespoon mustard
- A handful of cloves
- Preheat your oven to 200C /180C fan / gas mark 6 / 400F.
- Place your ham in a large pot and pour over the mulled wine. Cover with a tight fitting lid and cook in the oven for 2 hours, turning the ham every 30 minutes or so to ensure the ham cooks evenly.
- Just before the ham is due to come out, mix the honey and mustard together.
- After the 2 hours is up, remove the ham from the pot and (when cool enough to do so) remove the rind. Score the fat in a diamond pattern and slather with the honey and mustard mixture.
- Poke a clove into each cross and then return the ham to the oven for 20-30 minutes, until the ham looks a lovely burnished colour, but before the glaze starts to burn.
- This recipe can be adjusted to the size of your ham. Allow 30 minutes per 500g ham for the poaching. The roasting time should be roughly the same (20-30 minutes), regardless of the size of your ham. If your ham is much bigger than mine, you will also need to increase the poaching liquid – it should come at least half way up the ham, either add some water or another bottle of mulled wine!
- Do take care when turning the ham in the hot liquid – I nearly burnt myself on several occasions! If you don't fancy the idea of turning the ham, add more mulled wine /water so the ham is completely submerged.
- The ham can be reheated the next day. Cover with foil and place in a cold oven. Turn the oven up to 200C /180C fan / gas mark 6 / 400F and cook for 30-40 minutes or until piping hot in the middle.
- Suitable for freezing.
- Nutrition information is approximate and meant as a guideline only.
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