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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

The Best Ham Glaze Ever!!!

I know this is a little bit naughty of me - posting a recipe that I haven't just made - but if you wait for me to make it - it will be too late for you to try it!!!

I found this ham glaze back in 2003 and I have made it every year since then.  I have never written down the recipe and every year I have to go hunt it down - search through the 100's (and you know I do have 100's) of cooking magazines - I can remember the colour of the cover - so I just have to dig in and find it - but not anymore - it will be here on my blog for all to see!

So from the 2003/2004 edition of Super Food Ideas Magazine here is the best Ham Glaze ever!!

Lime and Macadamia Glazed Ham
Serves 12 with leftovers!!

7 to 8kg leg of ham
350g ginger, lemon and lime marmalade
2/3 cup brown sugar
2 tbs dijon mustard
2 tbs sweet chilli sauce
1 cup macadamia nuts, chopped

Preheat oven to 150C.

Position oven shelf to lowest position in the oven.

Use a large disposable roasting pan.  Line with 2 sheets of baking paper.  Remove the rind from the ham.

Use a sharp knife to score the ham fat into a diamond pattern.  Make sure that you don't cut any deeper than about 5mm.  Place the ham into the roasting pan.

Combine the remaining ingredients in a bowl.  Spoon half the mixture over the surface of the ham.  Cook for 45 minutes.  Remove from the oven and carefully spoon over the remaining glaze.  Cook for a further 45 minutes, or until golden.  (I actually find that a little longer is better - this way you get a lovely golden coating on the ham.  Make sure you keep spooning the glaze back onto the ham as well - otherwise you tend to loose all the macadamia nuts into the bottom of the pan!!)

This ham is so scrumptious - that you just cannot help yourself - every time you open the fridge after Christmas day you just have to sneak a little bit!!!  Go on - it's Christmas!!!!

A ham is so traditionally part of Christmas in this family - it doesn't matter what else we are having (and it is usually seafood) we just have to have a ham as well.  Then you have all those scrummy leftovers - you can take them away on holiday with you - make pizzas with it, ham sandwiches (which reminds me of a really out there but great sandwich - ham, mango and cashew nuts!!!).  When I was younger and lived at home we would have a fridge groaning with leftovers, and so on the days after Christmas you would make yourselves meals from these leftovers.  Cashews were always on the Christmas dinner table when we were kids - so it just seemed a natural thing to add them to the ham sandwich.  Try it - you might be surprised.  It is a taste of summer!!!!

So Dear Readers what is the strangest combination you have come up with using Christmas leftovers?


  1. What a brilliant glaze, I will try this for sure. Diane

  2. I remember when that glaze was published!!! I always intended to make it but I never did. How funnt, now I will definately know where to find the recipe and I know it is good :)

  3. Firstly, thank you for posting this great looking dish. I bought an 8kg leg of ham today (bone in, uncooked), and am really drawn to this recipe. Would I be right in assuming you are starting with a cooked leg? I say this as it is only in the oven for 90 minutes, which I assume is about the correct time to reheat an 8kg joint?

  4. I am surprised you have an uncooked ham. I thought all hams came cooked or cured. Yes - the ham glaze recipe is for a cooked/cured ham. Enjoy your ham that glaze is great!!

  5. Used this recipe about three years ago and it is delicious. I had no idea were I had found it so tried google and it was the first one I looked at. Thanks heaps.

  6. You made my day! I too have this recipe and for the life of me couldn't find it this year (100's of books, notes and magazines!) This is truley the best glaze I have ever had, thankyou for posting and Merry Christmas!

  7. Fantastic........
    Cate, you made my day, or should I say week, made this last year and have been
    asked to make it again this year as everyone loved it. I also have lost the original recipe. I put alfoil folded up like a little log shape onto the side of the ham as to help hold the macadamias up . Was wondering what book the recipe was in, if you could let me know. Thanks heaps and have a wonderful Christmas.


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