Christmas ham is a traditional dish that is popularly consumed during the holiday season. It is a cured and smoked pork leg that is often glazed with a sweet and savory mixture of honey, brown sugar, mustard, and spices. The dish has a rich and flavorful taste, making it a favorite among many families during Christmas.
The origins of Christmas ham can be traced back to the pre-Christian era when people used to sacrifice pigs as a part of their winter solstice celebrations. Over time, the tradition evolved, and the pig became a symbol of prosperity and good luck. Today, the Christmas ham is a staple in many households, and its preparation and serving have become a part of the holiday tradition. It is often served with a variety of side dishes such as mashed potatoes, roasted vegetables, and cranberry sauce, making it a hearty and satisfying meal for the whole family.
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 20 minutes
Servings: 1 ham
- 1 ham
- 2 tbsp soy sauce
- 1 tbsp pepper
- 3 tbsp green seasoning
- ½ cup ketchup
- 1 tsp black pepper
- Whole cloves
- Boil the ham for about 15 minutes and set aside.
- In a bowl, mix the soy sauce, green seasoning, ketchup, pepper, and black pepper for the glaze.
- Cover the ham with the glaze. Line a baking dish with aluminum foil. Place the glazed ham in the dish skin side down.
- Cover with foil and bake at 350° F for 2 1/2 – 3 hours, depending on the size of the ham, or until thoroughly cooked. Glaze occasionally.
- When baked, add the whole cloves to the ham and allow to cool.
- The general rule for baking ham is 25 minutes per Kilogram. While baking you can test the meat by sticking a knife into it. If after sticking the meat, liquid comes out of it, then more baking is required.
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Trini Christmas Ham II
- 1 ham cured
- 1 pack whole cloves
- 1 large banana leaf
- Wash the ham and pat dry with paper towels.
- Singe a banana leaf and cut it to fit a large baking dish. Place the ham in the dish skin side down and add the whole cloves.
- Wrap with the remaining banana leaves and bake at 350° F for 2 1/2 – 3 hours, depending on the size of the ham, or until thoroughly cooked.
- Note: The general rule for baking ham is 25 minutes per Kilogram.
- While baking, test the meat by sticking a knife into it. If after sticking the meat, liquid comes out of it, then more baking is required.
- After 2 hours of baking, remove the banana leaves and continue baking to dry up the surface of the ham.
- Place on a rack to cool.