A family favourite at Christmas

Boambee Gardens' Cook Michelle shares her favourite Christmas recipe – honey glazed ham.

Honey Glazed Ham

This simple recipe is best shared and enjoyed with family and friends – they will love it!  Minimal steps and ingredients make honey glazed ham a delight to prepare. The delicious buttery honey aromas coming out of the kitchen while it bakes will have mouths watering!

This simple recipe will have everyone thinking you have spent hours in the kitchen. The saltiness from the ham and the sweetness from the honey complement each other so well that you really don’t need anything else.

Juicy and succulent on the inside with crispy, sticky edges, honey glazed ham is the perfect dish for your Christmas table. Why not give it a try this year!

Easy Honey Glazed Ham


3kg bone in-leg of ham with skin on (also known as rind)
1 cup honey, plus additional to taste


Step 1 – Pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees.

Step 2 – Place the oven rack in the lowest position and remove the other shelves.

Step 3 – To make clean up a breeze, double line your roasting pan or tray with foil or baking paper.

Step 4 – Remove the rind from the ham by gently running your thumb between the rind and fat. Pull back the rind carefully to expose the fat. You want to leave as much fat as possible to help make the glaze nice and sticky. Cut the rind off at the hock and discard.

Step 5 – Place the ham into the roasting pan. Using a pastry brush or a spatula, generously baste the ham with honey until evenly coated. Use as much honey, or as little as you like, to achieve your desired flavour intensity.

Step 6 – Place the honey coated ham into the oven and bake for 20 minutes until lightly golden.

Step 7 – Once cooked, remove the ham from the oven and leave it to cool before carving.

Step 8 – To carve, hold the shank firmly in one hand, while you cut slices from the ham with a sharp carving knife.

Step 9 – Arrange ham on a platter and serve with your favourite Christmas sides.

Step 10 – Enjoy!

What size ham?

A 3kg ham should serve approximately 6-10 guests with ample leftovers. When considering what size ham to buy, allow 250 grams to 300 grams of ham per person.

Serving suggestion

This dish is delicious, served hot or cold, and Michelle personally recommends a side of roast pineapple.

Of course, ham is such a versatile Christmas favourite and goes with whatever it is your family loves, whether it is traditional roast vegetables such as pumpkin, potatoes and Brussel sprouts, or a crunchy green salad and fresh bread rolls.

Leftover ham is perfect for the days following Christmas. You can turn it into a lazy lunch, a tasty salad, a heart-warming soup or a savoury pie – the ideas are endless.

Meet Michelle

Photograph of Michelle, Senior Cook at Boambee GardensCook Michelle has been preparing meals for the residents at Boambee Gardens for several years.

When planning out the seasonal menu, Michelle takes the time to speak with residents to see if they have any special requests as she prefers to prepare meals she knows the residents will enjoy.

The best part of Michelle’s day is serving up the dishes she has prepared, and she takes great delight when the residents stop by the kitchen to tell her how much they enjoyed their meal.

Nobody can make grilled fish quite like Michelle. It is her speciality. Grilled fish is not usually on the menu but is often requested as an alternative dish by residents. While other team members can make this dish, Michelle has a special touch that can’t be replicated.

In her downtime, Michelle enjoys going fishing and spending time with her three beautiful children. Michelle also has a keen interest in crochet, a skill handed down by her Mum.

Whether Michelle is cooking for her RetireAustralia family or her own, knowing everyone is enjoying their meal is something that Michelle treasures.

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