Ham is one of the easiest mains to prepare for a large group, as there's no trussing, stuffing or tricky carving involved. It's a good idea to order the ham from your butcher in advance to ensure that you get the size you need. This recipe yields many servings, so freeze any leftovers to toss into pastas, stir-fries and casseroles in the weeks to come.
- Prep time 40 minutes
- Total time 5 hours
- 3 1/2 cups pineapple juice
- 1 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 piece (3 inches/8 cm) fresh ginger peeled and sliced
- 65 kg ham
In saucepan, stir together 2 cups of the pineapple juice, the brown sugar and two-thirds of the ginger; bring to boil over medium-high heat. Cook, stirring, until sugar is dissolved, about 5 minutes. Reduce heat to medium-low; simmer, stirring occasionally, until glaze is reduced by half and thick enough to coat back of spoon, about 35 minutes. Let cool slightly, about 20 minutes.
While pineapple glaze is simmering, pour remaining pineapple juice and 1 cup water into roasting pan; sprinkle in remaining ginger. Place ham, fat side up, on greased rack in roasting pan. Cover tightly with foil; roast on bottom rack in 325°F (160°C) oven until instant-read thermometer inserted in centre reads 130°F (55°C), about 4 hours.
Uncover ham; peel off and discard outer skin. Trim fat layer to 1⁄4-inch (5 mm) thickness. Using paring knife, diagonally score remaining fat to make diamond pattern on ham. Brush half of the pineapple glaze over ham.
Roast, uncovered, in 375°F (190°C) oven, brushing with remaining glaze several times throughout (reheat glaze to loosen, if necessary), until glaze is caramelized and golden and instant-read thermometer inserted in centre reads 140°F (60°C), about 30 minutes.
Remove ham to cutting board; cover loosely with foil. Let rest for 15 minutes before carving.
Makes 24 to 46 servings.
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Nutritional facts per each of 46 servings (100 g): about
- Sodium 1059 mg
- Sugars 9 g
- Protein 19 g
- Calories 248.0
- Total fat 15 g
- Potassium 279 mg
- Cholesterol 55 mg
- Total carbohydrate 8 g
- Iron 6.0
- Folate 2.0
- Calcium 1.0
- Vitamin C 3.0