When it comes to preparation and cooking for the big day, Christmas, I believe one should make a concerted effort to cook dishes in advance if possible. And so, that’s what I did. I went to work on a piece of bone-in ham. It took me virtually a couple of hours to bake same. This move will allow me to have space in the oven for other goodies on the day of Christmas.
After I made a few hashtags on my rump, I stuffed it with a few cloves for added flavors as well as appearance wise. It was a six-pounder so I cooked for approximately two hours (20 minutes per lb). I then basted my delicious ham with a rum/brandy/brown sugar sauce. To that I added freshly squeezed orange juice and a piece of pineapple along with a teaspoon of cornstarch for thickening. Sauce was simmered to a great reduction and then brushed during twenty minutes before completion of cooking time.
I was proud of my baked rump of a ham. I garnished same with various fresh fruits. Guys, the combination of the salty piece of ham and the contrasting fresh/cool fruits were just amazing. To say that I’m happy is an understatement. Guys, I’m over the moon.
Merry Christmas! And, as always, be kind to your loved ones as well as your beautiful palates.