Over the years I have toned down my Christmas celebratory food big time. Not that we don’t enjoy a sumptuous meal – it’s just instead of spending days planning and slaving over a stove I tend to go for more simple fare these days.
This allows way more time to spend doing the important stuff like having meaningful convo’s with family you haven’t seen for a while & relaxing in the garden over a good drop of champers.
Ham is always on the table in our house and we are so fortunate to have beautiful local hams available here on the Darling Downs. We can recommend ham from Bannockbrae Meats at Highfields or Toni Continental Butchers & Smallgoods in Herries St. These are just mouthwatering locally sourced hams and yes they may be a little more expensive because they are not mass produced but the flavour and freshness is so worth it.
Here is a recipe for my families favourite baked ham glaze. It’s not fancy, its soooo easy and I really think you should try it as I promise you will never make Christmas Ham any other way.
- Remove skin from ham, carefully so that you don’t remove the fat layer as this provides the flavour
- Score fat of ham (crisscross) and place is on a large baking tray
- Heat in a saucepan on the stove:
- 1 cup soy sauce
- Contents of 1 jar of apricot jam – 500g
- 2 tablespoons of sesame seeds
- 2 heaps teaspoons of fresh crushed garlic
When it has reached a smooth consistency, pour half over the ham and pop the ham in a preheated oven for about an hour. Baste with remaining glaze during this time.