Deliciously tender, glazed and golden, ham is the ultimate alternative to the traditional Christmas turkey. Whether you’re looking for quick and easy recipes that can be prepared in advance or stunning showstoppers, we have a recipe for every taste. We have everything you need for Christmas, including cooking tips, video tutorials and party-planning tools.


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1. Cola ham with maple & mustard glaze

Ham on plate with slices cut

Encased in a golden, sticky glaze, our cola ham with maple & mustard glaze is sure to be a firm favourite during the festive season. With a warming infusion of cinnamon-spiced stock and aromatic cloves, this easy recipe takes just 10 minutes to prepare and can be roasted on the day, or up to two days ahead. Serve hot or cold, with all your favourite trimmings.

2. Hot honey-glazed ham


Serve up this spicy, sticky and sweet hot honey-glazed gammon over the festive period. It's fabulous for Boxing Day or even the main event. The leftovers will be delicious cold in a sandwich to help see you through to the New Year.

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3. Slow cooker ham with sticky ginger glaze

Slow cooker ham with chutney and pickles

We love a recipe that makes good use of our favourite kitchen kit. Easy and versatile, our slow cooker ham is ideal for Christmas dinner, a Boxing Day buffet or served sliced with chips for a hearty dinner. It can also be easily halved, making it a good choice for smaller family meals, too.

4. Ginger beer & tamarind ham

ginger beer and tamarind glaze ham

Let the spicy notes of ginger come into their own in this ginger beer & tamarind ham that's the perfect centrepiece. The gammon is poached in the ginger beer first, then it's basted in a sticky tamarind glaze, which gives it a lovely tart note to balance the sweetness.

5. Apricot & ginger ham

Ham sliced on board

This fruity apricot & ginger ham infused with bay leaves, allspice and cloves makes a fantastic Christmas main course. Serve in generous slabs and don't skimp on the slices! It can also be frozen and served hot or cold – great for those days when you don’t want to cook. It's so delicious, we can't guarantee that there will be enough for leftovers.

6. Festive gammon

Gammon sliced with cutlery

Certain to be a dinner highlight, this traditional festive gammon is perfect for any special celebration, especially at Christmas. Overnight brining is the key to this super-succulent dish, and the extra effort is well worth it. Moreish, juicy and infused with subtle spice, you’ll be coming back to this recipe for years to come.

7. Ham & crackling

Ham and crackling on board

Our ham & crackling will save you some stress in the kitchen and takes just a handful of ingredients to make. Make it up to three days in advance and keep covered in the fridge. No one will turn down a plateful of wafer-thin ham and crispy crackling. To serve, carve into slices and break the crackling into shards to eat alongside.

8. Spiced Christmas gammon with membrillo glaze

Ham with oranges and cloves on platter

Allspice, cloves and cinnamon give this wintry ham a real warmth. Featuring an irresistible sticky quince and orange glaze, this ham is quick to prepare and gives your traditional main course a fun Spanish twist. This spiced Christmas gammon with membrillo glaze is the perfect balance of sweet and savoury.

9. Miso-glazed roast ham

Glazed ham carved on platter

Bored of the standard Christmas fare? Our miso-glazed roast ham gives a dose of umami flavours and a subtle sweetness. The perfect centrepiece for a Sunday dinner with family and friends, this succulent sweet and savoury roast ham requires a little more effort but is certain to impress. Should you have any leftovers, you can enjoy it cold over the next few days, making it ideal for quick festive sandwiches.

10. Gochujang & ginger beer-glazed ham

gochujang and ginger beer glazed ham

Put a Korean twist on your centrepiece with this gochujang & ginger beer-glazed ham for an impressive main guests will love. Because it's fermented, it packs some great depth of flavour, which would also taste amazing served cold for sandwiches during the post-Christmas days.

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