Ham adds flavour to Christmas


December 21, 2015
CPJ sliced ham
@Normal:Hamilton's Smokehouse's leg ham.

With Christmas just around the corner, ham is sure to be a huge part of the festivities.

Whether you bake it, glaze it or roast it, ham is always a favourite. Apart from being tasty, ham is high in fat, sodium, nitrates, zinc, protein, potassium and niacin. Persons who are more health conscious can opt for lean ham or ones that are low in


Although a piece of sliced ham will put the finishing touch to your Christmas plate, ham can also be used in other ways. It can be used for a protein-packed sandwich or you can chop it into small pieces and add it to your breakfast omelette. Ham chunks can also be added to a pasta salad or you can scatter ham pieces over a tossed green salad to add a healthy dose of protein to your diet.

Below is a ham recipe, courtesy of Grace Foods.

Grace Country Pride Ham With Grace Sweet N' Spicy Hot Pepper Sauce Glaze

For 5 servings

1 whole 6.36kg (14lbs) Grace Country Pride Leg Ham

2 sheets aluminium foil

4 cups water

1 can Grace Pineapple slices

1/4 cup sugar

1 tsp crushed ginger

24 cloves

1 bottle Grace Sweet n Spicy Hot Pepper Sauce

12 whole cherries


Remove ham from the freezer and wrap in newspaper. Thaw in the bottom of the refrigerator for 24 to 36 hours.

Remove casing from ham and pat dry, using a clean kitchen towel. Place two overlapping sheets of aluminium foil on work surface and use to wrap ham. Use additional aluminium foil to cover ham completely, if necessary.

Fit a rack over the roasting pan, place ham on the rack, ensuring that the fat side of the ham faces upwards; then pour water into the roasting pan. The water should not touch the ham.

Bake ham in a preheated oven at 1808C (3508F), allowing 20 minutes per pound. Replenish water, if necessary.

Remove ham from the oven and allow to cool for about 10 to 15 minutes. Ham is fully baked when the skin peels off easily.

Drain liquid from the can of pineapple slices and put it to boil with the sugar, ginger and about eight cloves. Boil until the mixture becomes syrupy. Remove from flame and add the pineapple slices to the mixture, toss and set aside.

To decorate the ham: Peel off the skin. Use a sharp knife to make diagonal slits in the ham and then stud with remaining cloves. Pour Grace Sweet n' Spicy Hot Pepper Sauce over the surface of the ham and spread evenly using a pastry brush. Return to the oven and bake for a further 10-15 minutes or until a golden brown colour is achieved. Remove ham from the oven.

Arrange pineapple slices over the surface of the ham and secure each with toothpicks. Place a cherry in the centre of each pineapple slice.

PREPARATION NOTE: (1) Thawing time will depend on the size of the ham. (2) The size of the roasting pan will dictate the amount of water used. (3) The size of the ham will determine the total baking time.

How to calculate baking time:


6.36 kg x 2.2046 = 14 lbs

14 lbs divided by 3 = 4.67 hours OR 14 lbs x 20 minutes per pound = 280 minutes divided by 60 minutes = 4.67 hours.

.67 hours x 60 = 40 minutes

Total baking time: 4 hours 40 minutes

Yield: Approximately 50 slices

Difficulty: Fairly difficult

Preparation time: 15 minutes

Cooking time: 4 hours 40 minutes

Waiting time: 15 minutes

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