Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Swedish Christmas Ham

I'd be a bad Swedish blogger if I didn't give you at least a couple of Swedish christmas recipes. Ok, sorry, safely after christmas - but I didn't really have time to post about it before, being busy with actual preparations. Anyway. Most Swedes eat ham on Christmas, and most prepare it this exact way, with a mustard coat. I'm not a big mustard fan and usually make something else - a herb crust, or a honey glaze - but this year I did it the traditional way, to Per's relief. You could also add whole cloves in a decorative pattern - but really, that's a little over the top for me.

So. Get a ham. Either a pre-boiled one, as most seem to do these days (I know I certainly did) or a salted one that you boil or bake yourself. Cut off any visible fat. Preheat oven to 225°C. Take three tablespoons of hot, sweet grainy mustard, and one egg. Beat vigorously together until you have a uniform, silky mixture. Brush this over the top of the ham. Sprinkle over breadcrumbs - loads and loads of breadcrumbs - and press them into the mustard.

Bake in the oven for fifteen minutes, watch closely so it doesn't burn.

That's it! Eat cold, in thin slices. Will keep well in the fridge for quite a while, wrapped in foil.


A said...

As you know we were abroad this Christmas and the one before that we were in Florida, so no ham for two years, but before that - ham. And I have to cook it myself. Otherwise I wouldn't get the one thing I like most at the Christmas Eve dinner - the dip in the pot! Oh boy, this is Christmas for me. And in fact it's the one thing that's most different from anything else we eat during the rest of the year.

Anonymous said...

Hi Anne,

I love your blog! I have a good friend in Stockholm and we often discuss food.

That ham looks delicious. I am of Italian background so we usually prepare lamb at Christmas, but I have printed your recipe and will try maybe this month at some point.

All the best in 2006!

souvenir kattunge said...

This is perfect! I'm gonna try my first Christmas ham this year. I hope that all goes well.

Anonymous said...

Am looking for a more savory Christmas ham recipe...the herb crust you mentioned sounds good! Can you post your version of that recipe? Thanks!

Anne said...

Elizabeth - I have to find it first, but definitely! :) For something instantly more savory, just use a non-sweet mustard instead. My herb crust doesn't have mustard at all though if I remember correctly, I made it when I really didn't eat mustard at all.

Anonymous said...

I'm doing a rpoject for school and I was wondering, could you tell me what kind of foods Swedish people eat to celebrate Christmas? Thank you for any information you can ive me,
Bridger Middle School Student Seeking an Answer

Anne said...

Check out this post, it has some info on Swedish christmas food :)


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Elissa said...

Hi Anne, your blog is amazing! I love cooking and my fathers side of the family is from Sweden (Uppsala), but he was brought to Latin America when he was a little boy and I really don't know much about swedish food, traditions, etc. I was hoping that maybe you could give a list of a traditional Christmas dinner so that I could recreate it at home and get back to my roots!