How to glaze and carve a Christmas ham

How to glaze and carve a ham

Follow WW Senior Food Editor Lucy Kelly’s steps to prepare, glaze, cook and carve this classic Chrissie food.

Stout & mustard glazed ham


4 SmartPoints® per serve
Prep time: 40 minute | Cook time: 2 hours
Serves: 30


1½ cups (375ml) Guinness Extra Stout
½ cup (140g) wholegrain mustard
¼ cup (70g) Dijon mustard
½ cup (125ml) maple syrup
½ cup (175g) golden syrup
5kg cooked leg of ham, on the bone
Whole cloves, to decorate


Step 1

Preheat oven to 170°C. Bring stout, mustards and syrups to the boil in a medium saucepan. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, for 15 minutes or until reduced by one-third (you should have about 2 cups (500ml) glaze).


Step 2

Meanwhile, cut through rind of ham about 10cm from shank end of leg. To remove the rind, run your thumb around the edge, just under the rind. Glazing and carving a ham


Step 3

Start pulling the rind from widest edge of ham. Continue to pull carefully away from fat, up to the cut at the shank end. Remove rind completely and reserve (see tips).

Glazing and carving a ham


Step 4

Using a sharp knife, score fat lightly at about 3cm intervals, cutting just through surface of fat. Score in the opposite direction to form a diamond pattern.

Glazing and carving a ham


Step 5

Push a clove into each diamond. Place ham on a wire rack in a large baking tray. Brush ham with glaze.

Glazing and carving a ham


Step 6

Bake ham, brushing occasionally with glaze, for 1 hour 45 minutes or until browned all over. Cover shank end with foil if it starts to overcook. Serve ham warm or cold.

Glazing and carving a ham


To carve

Remove the first few slices, along with the fat, from the leg and set aside. Carve across the grain and slice only as much as you need. Leftovers stay moist longer if left in one piece on the bone. Wrap tightly and refrigerate for up to 5 days.

Glazing and carving a ham


Tips: Keep the rind to cover leftover ham as it keeps the meat moist. Then put it in a ham bag and store in the fridge. Cut the meat from the bone and store separately in plastic wrap. Freeze for up to 1 month. Thaw in the fridge overnight.