Food & Cocktails
Chrismukkah Crockin’: Holiday Ham
Ham tends to be a part of people’s Christmas table. The tradition goes way back when wealthy people in England would use a boar’s head as the centerpiece of the holiday table. This tradition has been associated with Germanic paganism as a tribute to the goddess, Freya. Well, poor folks needed a substitute, because they couldn’t afford boar. They were not being shut out of the celebration. The ham became their way to go. That’s why ham is on holiday menus around the world.
If you want to make a ham with no fuss or drama, the Crock-Pot Express is the kitchen gadget to assist. Making your ham in the Crock-pot Express will give you the option to slow cook it or to cook the ham in a matter of minutes. However you decide to crock it, to make the ham all you need is a few ingredients to end and you are good to go.
1 Fully cooked boneless ham ( 5 to 6 lb)
½ cup of honey Dijon mustard
½ cup of maple syrup
½ cup of brown sugar
Spray Crock-Pot with cooking spray. Make cuts about 1 inch apart and 1/4 inch deep in diamond pattern in top of ham. Place ham in slow cooker.
In a bowl, mix together the Dijon mustard, syrup and brown sugar until well blended. After it is blended, pour the mixture over ham.
Cover; cook on Low heat setting 3 1/2 to 4 hours; if you are using the pressure cooker on the Crock-Pot Express, you should only need to cook around 40 minutes
Remove ham from slow cooker. Let it cool for 10 to 15 minutes. Slice ham; pour strained juices over ham.
I suggest pairing the ham with a sparkling wine. A few suggestions:
Lucien Albrecht Cremant Rosé
Taittinger Prestige Rosé Brut
Zonin Prosecco Cuvée 1821