Glazing Swiss Deli Christmas Ham

Glazed Christmas Ham is a Kiwi tradition at the Christmas dinner. Below are the tips from Swiss Deli on how to perfectly prepare a glazed and decorated ham for an impressive Christmas table.

Preparation Time: 45 min

Cook Time: 60 min

Serves: up to 50

You will need:

  • 8-10 kg Swiss Deli Christmas Ham
  • 10 Whole cloves
  • 1 Jar of Swiss Deli Orange Glaze
  • Glazed cherry for decoration


1 - Preheat oven to 90 C.
2 - Cut off the rind; Score the fat into a neat diamond pattern by making diagonal cuts approximately 3 millimetres deep.
3 - Press a clove into the centre of each diamond.
4 - Spread half the glaze Swiss Deli Orange Glaze over the ham. Let the ham rest for 30 min before cooking.
5 - Place on a rack in a large roasting pan and pour 2 cups of water into the dish. Cover the ham with foil. Cook in an oven for 50 minutes.
6 - Remove foil, brush the ham with the remaining glaze. Rise the oven temperature to 180 C. Keep Ham in an oven until the surface is lightly caramelized (aprox. 10-15min).
7- Take out of the oven. Decorate with cherries by sitting them on the cloves.
8 - Serve hot or cold. Cover left overs with a clean wet tea towel or ham bag and store in the coldest part of the refrigerator. Replace with a clean tea towel daily.