10 Ham Recipes To Make Your Noche Buena Complete

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Ignore what anyone else says! It's just not a real Filipino Noche Buena without certain dishes, and one of the iconic dishes that should be included on any Noche Buena table includes the Christmas ham.

What is a Christmas ham? 

A Christmas ham is a typical ham, usually made from the pork leg, that is cured or smoked or both! This is made more special and fit for the holidays by adding a glaze and roasting it. This impressive pork roast is really an important part of this dinner table since it's the usually main star of the feast! 

The ham glaze used for Christmas hams is usually a sweet fruit syrup or jam, usually a thickened pineapple juice-based one, and when roasted in the oven, the syrup infuses the ham with its flavor. Since it's sweet, the sugar content makes it easy to brown in the oven. This delivers a fantastic coating that makes it appetizing and appealing when you lay it down at the center of the table.

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The ham you use for your feast can be any kind! There are a few different kinds of ham that you can find on the market so you have your choice among hams that are affordable, large or small in size, and flavored in a different way! Feeling hungry and interested in finding a recipe to transform your ham into one that's festive and impressive enough to serve to family and friends?

Here are 10 ham recipes to make your Christmas ham a memorable and delicious one: 

1 Glazed Roast Ham Recipe 

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You can't go wrong with a classic ham that's been simply glazed with honey and made extra fragrant and delicious with fresh herbs added to the honey. Use the rosemary honey glaze for any kind of ham you have! 

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2 Orange, Clove, and Honey Baked Ham Recipe

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When you want to elevate a boneless ball ham, infusing the honey glaze is one way to make it extra appetizing! For this recipe, the honey is infused with not just one flavor but two! Orange is a classic pairing with ham but to make it extra delicious, the cloves deliver an aromatic flavor that just can't be replicated with other spices! Plus, it will make your home small Christmas-ready indeed! 

3 Sweet Ham Recipe with Pineapple Sauce

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An affordable ham doesn't mean it can't be made delicious! All this kind of ham needs is an extra special glaze or sauce to go with it so nobody needs to know anything other than it's a gorgeous-looking ham. The sauce for this ham is a lovely pineapple sauce that is chunky so you know exactly what flavor is paired with the ham. 

4 Piña Ham Recipe with Mango Chutney

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Pineapple is a common glaze for ham for good reason! Its sweet tangy flavor is a delicious complement to the cured, smokiness of ham. Plus, it's easy to you get your hands on since it's available in almost every store. This makes it easy to make anything infused with pineapples, your Christmas ham included.

For this recipe, the pineapple-infused ham is already delicious but those who love an extra hit of sweetness and spice of another kind can top off their ham slices with the Indian-inspired mango chutney. 

5 Bone-in Chinese Ham Recipe

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Among the different kinds of ham available on the market, you might also find this kind of ham: Chinese ham. This is commonly a bone-in kind of ham that is infused with Chinese spices. If this is the kind of ham you have, you can follow directions on how to prepare it but you can also make it extra special by making a fruit compote, a fruit sauce made in this case with figs, raisins, and oranges.  

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6 Christmas Hamoncito Recipe

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This hamoncito recipe is a beloved family recipe! It is simmered in a mixture of seasoned orange and pineapple juice to create a fantastic sauce packed with umami. You'll want to keep this whole so it's an impressive and flavorful addition to any dinner table! 

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7 Slow-cooked Fresh Ham Recipe

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This ham recipe by Chef Myke "Tatung" Sarthou is one that you'll want to keep, especially if you're thinking of making ham and impressing family and friends with homemade ham! This may have a long list of ingredients but the ham is definitely worth every minute of time it is marinated, roasted, and glazed. If an impressive ham worthy of a restaurant is what you're after, this is the one to make! 

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8 Stuffed Pork Hamonado Recipe

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A pork hamonado is a pork dish flavored with pineapples. While it sounds simple and easy, it can be made more applicable for the holidays when you change the way you prepare it. This hamonado recipe still retains the flavors you want in a hamonado recipe but levels it up with a stuffing reminiscent of a morcon.  

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9 Ham with Sweet Mustard Sauce Recipe

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You don't need to go the route of the typical when it comes to your Christmas ham. If you're looking for a unique twist on the ham that you want to serve this holiday season, try this version that skips the glaze and served your ham unadorned with a sweet mustard sauce instead. The sweetness that the glaze usually delivers is in the tangy mustard sauce. 

10 Homemade Ham Glaze Recipe

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This Chinese ham is made extra delicious courtesy of a bottle of cola! The cola sauce is infused with pineapple juice so you're not missing out on those fruity flavors but it's also got more tang from the soda as well as the vinegar. "Vinegar?" you ask. Yes! The vinegar, when simmered properly, delivers a delicious flavor without the sharpness you expect from raw vinegar. This is a great complement to all the sugary ingredients and yields a delicious, balanced glaze that you'll want to pour over every ham slice on your plate. 

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Are you drooling yet from all of these ham recipes? If you're inspired and encouraged to tackle preparing a ham for this Christmas season, here are more ideas and the info you need to know about where to source that affordable ham. 

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