Ham is a staple at most Australian and European Christmas meals and we wanted to still to be able to enjoy a glazed ham at Christmas. This keto ham was a great option for us. We tested this out on non keto family members and it was a big hit, even if they put it on bread!
Keto Ham – Maple Glazed
Ever since I can remember our family would order a ham for Christmas. It was tradition in our house to have sliced up ham on toast for breakfast for the week leading up to Christmas and any leftovers the week after Christmas. I can remember Dad slicing up some every morning and placing a plate of it on the breakfast table and we would demolish that plate every morning. I loved ham on toast at Christmas, it was one of the favourite things I remember from my childhood Christmas’s.
Our family never did a glazed ham for Christmas, but Erika’s family did. So, I was introduced to glazed ham at my first Burt Christmas in 2007. I can remember wondering, why has my family never done this, it’s so good.
As this was part of Erika’s family tradition we wanted to see if we could come up with a keto version, so both of us could continue to enjoy our favourite Christmas tradition. I still have the ham on toast, I just only have it once and I put it on a low carb bread instead of the traditional white bread.
Erika’s Mum made this keto ham at our last Christmas and it was a big hit with everyone and will become the way ham is done at her family Christmas from now on.
Not only for Christmas
Since posting this recipe in December 2017 we have become aware that glazed ham is extremely popular at Easter in North America. I was interested to discover the tradition behind ham at Easter in North America. Prior to refrigeration, meat would be slaughtered in the fall. Any fresh pork that wasn’t consumed in the winter months was cured and consumed in spring and became a tradition to have at Easter.
Keto Ham Serving Suggestions
- The perfect centrepiece to your Christmas lunch table
- Leftovers! The great thing about having a glazed ham for Christmas is all the leftovers and being able to eat this for the next few days is an added bonus.
- You can always use some to create another awesome keto meal like a Fritatta or egg muffins.
Keto Ham Leftovers
When we cooked our keto ham, we ended up with a lot of ham leftover. We found it was great to eat for lunch a few days later, but after that we didn’t want to have ham any more for a while and we needed to find other ways to use it. We made up some breakfast muffins and a frittata and stored them in the freezer for lunches and breakfasts on the go.
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Did you make keto ham for Christmas or Easter? We would love to hear how you made your keto ham and what you found worked best for you.
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- Pre-heat oven to 180 degrees Celsius or 350 Fahrenheit
- Combine all ingredients for the glaze in a bowl and stir until smooth.
- Use a small sharp knife to score the skin of the ham around the small hock section. Then slowly peel the skin off by pushing your fingers between the skin and the fat and working your way around. Once the skin is completely removed score the fat with diagonal lines. Just be careful not to score too deep into the meat.
- Brush the glaze over all the exposed fat on the ham leg and place in the oven for 20 minutes.
- Remove the ham from the oven and baste with glaze and return to the oven for 10 minutes. Repeat glaze again and put in the oven for a further 10 minutes.
- Baste for a final time, turn the oven up to 200 degrees celsius (400 Fahrenheit) and cook for a further 5-10 minutes. Keep an eye on it as it may brown quickly.
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