The Perfect Christmas Ham

The Perfect Christmas Ham

This week we’ve the tips for the perfect Christmas Ham. If you have a Christmas dining or cooking dilemma that you need help with, simply comment below or on our Facebook page and we’ll do our best to source the answer!

  1. Choose the right sized ham e.g. a 4 kg fillet of ham will feed 10 people and allows a little extra if your family like to help themselves to more on Christmas night!
  2. Leave the skin on the ham when simmering. It can easily be removed after cooking and adds to the flavour.
  3. For extra flavour, add some vegetables and a bay leaf to the cooking water. Adding cider, apple juice or orange peel to the cooking water intensifies the flavours and gives the meat some extra zing!
  4. Do not throw the cooking water out. It can be used to keep the ham moist when roasting in the oven.
  5. A ham glaze adds a sweet flavour to the ham by providing a contrast to its natural saltiness. It also adds a nice colour and texture to the finished product.
  6. Freeze any remaining cooking water in portions as stock for making soups and sauces.

Quick and delicious ideas for using up left-over Turkey and Ham:

  • Add to Macaroni and Cheese to make a nutritious and filling supper that all the family will enjoy
  • Chop up and add to scrambled eggs and omelettes
  • Combine with a tin of tomatoes, some garlic and basil for a tasty pasta sauce
  • Cooked ham and/or turkey, spinach, cheese and eggs are a delicious combination for quiches and tarts
  • Use in a salad with chopped tomatoes, sliced avocado, mixed leaves and a blue cheese dressing
  • Toast some bread and top with sliced ham, roasted peppers, a few sprigs of thyme and a slice of cheese. Pop under the grill until the cheese is bubbling. Delicious!
  • Team up with a fruity chutney or stuffing to make sandwiches on St. Stephens Day
  • The turkey carcase and ham bone will make wonderful stock for soup

Choose turkey and ham with the Bord Bia Quality Mark so you know where it comes from and that it has been produced to Bord Bia’s highest quality standards.
photo credit: Turkinator via photopin cc

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