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Justin North's glazed ham in a bag

Australian Gourmet Traveller recipe for glazed ham in a bag by Justin North.

By Justin North
  • 20 mins preparation
  • 3 hrs cooking
  • Serves 16
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Justin North: Glazed ham in a bag
"I love this ham recipe; it's Mum's. The smell takes me back to my childhood. I love the sticky, sweet flavours." If you can't find an oven bag large enough for the ham, place it on an oven tray and cover it tightly with foil.


  • 250 ml apple juice (1 cup)
  • 250 ml agave syrup (see note) (1 cup)
  • 2 tbsp hot English mustard
  • 1 ham, bone in (about 8kg)
  • 4 cloves, plus extra for studding
  • 4 juniper berries


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    Preheat oven to 160C. Whisk juice, agave syrup and mustard in a small bowl. Place ham in an oven bag, add spices and half the marinade, seal bag and roast until warmed through (2-2½ hours). Remove ham from bag and, when cool enough to handle, remove skin and score fat in a crosshatch pattern. Stud with extra cloves, baste with remaining marinade and juices and roast, basting occasionally, until glazed (30-40 minutes).


Agave syrup, which is made from the agave plant, is available from select delicatessens and health-food shops.
This recipe is from the December 2010 issue of
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