Delight in the culinary excellence of Glazed Ham, where a boneless pork leg transforms into a masterpiece of flavor and elegance. The harmonious combination of the glaze’s sweetness and spiced undertones complements the savory richness of the ham.
- 3 kg boneless pork leg of ham
- Whole cloves
For the Glaze:
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup Dijon mustard
- 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
Prep the Ham:
Begin by preheating your oven to 325°F (165°C).
Score the Ham:
Using a sharp knife, carefully score the surface of the pork leg in a diamond pattern. This helps the glaze penetrate and infuse the ham with flavor.
Insert whole cloves into the scored intersections of the diamond pattern. The cloves add an aromatic touch and create a decorative element.
Create the Glaze:
In a bowl, whisk together brown sugar, Dijon mustard, apple cider vinegar, ground cinnamon, and ground cloves. This glaze will add a harmonious blend of sweet, tangy, and spiced notes.
Apply the Glaze:
Brush a generous amount of the glaze over the scored and clove-studded surface of the pork leg. Ensure an even coating to create a luscious glaze when roasted.
Place the glazed pork leg on a roasting rack in a baking dish. Roast it in the preheated oven for about 1.5 to 2 hours, or until the internal temperature reaches 140°F (60°C).
Basting and Caramelization:
While the ham is roasting, baste it with the glaze every 20-30 minutes. This not only adds flavor but also helps create a beautiful caramelized exterior.
During the last 15-20 minutes of roasting, apply a final layer of the glaze to enhance the caramelization and create a stunning glossy finish.
Use a meat thermometer to ensure the internal temperature of the ham reaches 140°F (60°C) for optimal flavor and texture.
Rest and Slice:
Once the ham is done, remove it from the oven and let it rest for about 15 minutes. This allows the juices to redistribute and ensures a juicy result.
Slice and Serve:
Carve the glazed ham into thin slices. Arrange the slices on a serving platter and drizzle any remaining glaze over the top for an extra burst of flavor.
A Glazed Ham is more than a dish—it’s a culinary spectacle that brings joy to the table, especially a Christmas feast. The combination of the tender pork, studded cloves, and the enchanting glaze creates a symphony of flavors that’s perfect for special occasions and holiday feasts.