When I think Christmas food, these are the first things that pop in my head: Fruitcake. My Mom’s fruit salad. Puto Bumbong. Bibingka. Quezo de Bola. And yes, ham. I’m not a big ham eater, but I do make exceptions when the holidays are here.
My favorite Christmas ham would be the one that’s a little sweet and a little salty, with a little fat (oooh indulgence!), thinly sliced. I’d drizzle it with sweet pineapple glaze. Then I’d use it as palaman (filling) for pan de sal. Or eat it with steamed white rice. Or layer it with thin slices of quezo de bola. Or eat it on its own. Then I’d sit in front of the TV and watch those old Christmas clay-mation shows. Christmas morning bliss!
O Christmas Ham, O Christmas Ham. I don’t have any Christmas ham traditions. My late grandfather used to make his own pineapple glaze which I thought was absolutely kickass. That’s the only ham tradition I grew up with. He’s gone though, and I’d rather eat food than cook it, so the quest for my perfect Christmas ham with the pineapple glaze is one I take every year.
Yey for me and H, we were gifted by a family friend with our first round of Christmas ham.
Can you say yummeh? It’s from New City Grocery, Quiapo. It’s just the right amount of light, salty and sweet. There’s that little fatty border I like, and their pineapple glaze is sweet and savory too. The store’s details are in the picture above if you want to know what their other products are and their price list. I can vouch for its yummy factor.
Now please excuse me while I go grab myself some Christmas ham, sit in front of the TV and watch Rudolph. Come join me.
How do you like your Christmas ham — glazed, non-glazed, with pan de sal, quezo de bola, rice, or on its own? Do you cure it yourself or do you buy commercial ham?