For me, reading through Cooking Magazines and deciding that the family Christmas Feast must have an eye-catching, conversation stopping and mouth-watering standout dish that typifies Christmas and is something unique to the season and perhaps something you don’t indulge in at other times of the year, is essential.
To me that dish is a decorated and glazed leg of ham, hot from the bar-be-que or oven, set on a stand in the centre of the table, ready to be carved. As soon as your ham takes pride of place at your Christmas Feast, all your guests will be drawn to the table.
In this month’s Super Food Ideas magazine there is a feature article titled ‘Glazed Over’ that shows you how to cook a leg of ham and provides four different and delicious glazes including Spiced Plum and Ginger, Redcurrant and Balsamic, Apple Cider and Burnt Honey and Orange. I will be using the Redcurrant and Balsamic Glaze recipe for my Christmas ham.
A glazed leg of ham brought to the table certainly looks impressive but that doesn’t mean it’s difficult. The cooking instructions provided in the magazine are very straightforward. Also, Kim Coverdale, the Editor of Super Food Ideas magazine includes a list of tips to help you achieve a great result. There is some terrific advice here on how to score the ham, how many people an 8kg leg of ham will serve, how to glaze the ham while it’s cooking and how to store any leftover ham.
If you haven’t before served a hot glazed ham on Christmas Day, give it a try – you won’t be disappointed. Pre-order your ham (free-range and nitrate free if possible) from your butcher, then pick up a copy from your Super Food Ideas Subscription and make a decision as to which glaze you will use. Your guests will be delighted and your Christmas lunch most festive.
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