Christmas is a special time for the Queen’s family, and with it comes the need for delicious meals. Now, the Queen’s former ham maker has revealed a secret recipe that was served on Boxing Day at Buckingham Palace. Dukeshill Ham, a Shropshire-based company, was chosen to provide a traditionally cured ham for the royal family’s sampling. Now, you can make the same dish in your own kitchen!
The Royal Family’s Traditional Christmas Meal
Every Christmas, the Royal Family enjoys a sumptuous feast at Buckingham Palace. For generations, the Royals have followed the same traditions and recipes for their traditional Christmas dinner. Queen Elizabeth II, who passed away in April 2021 at the age of 94, was no exception.
The dinner is typically served on Christmas Eve and Boxing Day, with turkey, roast beef, ham, and other English classics. As the Queen’s son, Prince Charles, recently shared in a BBC documentary about his mother’s life, the Royal Family enjoys a special ham that is made by a company in Shropshire called Dukeshill. The ham is traditionally cured and features a unique blend of spices that can only be found in England.
Though the Queen has now passed away, her memory lives on in the traditions that her family still follows today. This includes the same Boxing Day brunch recipe that was enjoyed by Her Majesty during her long reign as Queen of England. Now, the late Queen’s former ham maker has revealed this cherished recipe to the public.
Exacting Standards for a Perfect Boxing Day Brunch
Christmas is a time for family, friends, and of course, good food. As far as the royal family is concerned, the meal must meet their exacting standards. This includes their traditional Boxing Day brunch. Queen Elizabeth II is known to be fond of this meal in particular, and it was even served up at her funeral earlier this year.
Under the reign of the queen, Buckingham Palace has hosted a sampling of Shropshire-based Dukeshill Ham’s traditionally cured ham on Boxing Day, which is part of the royal family’s Christmas tradition. The late Queen Elizabeth’s ham maker recently revealed his secret recipe for this classic brunch dish, which he served for years during her reign.
The recipe calls for Dukeshill’s traditionally cured ham, a type of dry-cured ham made with white pepper, juniper berries, and nutmeg. It is then glazed with a mixture of honey and maple syrup for sweetness and sprinkled with brown sugar for extra flavor. To prepare the dish, the ham is sliced thin, topped with slices of leek, onion, and garlic, and roasted until golden brown. It is then served alongside roasted potatoes and a selection of pickles and condiments.
With its long tradition of royal patronage, the dish certainly meets the queen’s exacting standards. And thanks to this new recipe, anyone can enjoy a delicious Boxing Day brunch fit for a queen!
The Revealed Recipe
For generations, the Royal Family has enjoyed a traditional Boxing Day brunch. Under the reign of Queen Elizabeth II, the meal took on an even greater importance as the family gathered to celebrate after the holiday festivities. For many years, the late Queen’s favorite ham maker, Dukeshill Ham, was called upon to provide the centerpiece of the brunch: its traditionally cured ham.
Thanks to the generosity of the company, they have now revealed their secret recipe. The recipe includes a traditional honey-glazed ham served with warm sweet-and-sour cranberry relish. To recreate the same meal that Queen Elizabeth II and her family once shared, simply follow these instructions.
- To begin, preheat the oven to 375°F.
- Place the cured ham in a roasting pan and brush it generously with a honey glaze.
- Cover the ham and bake for 30 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 140°F.
- During the last 10 minutes of cooking time, add a sprinkle of fresh herbs such as rosemary or thyme.
- Meanwhile, prepare the sweet-and-sour cranberry relish.
- In a saucepan over medium heat, combine 1 cup of sugar, 1/2 cup of red wine vinegar, 2 tablespoons of orange zest, 1/4 teaspoon of ground cinnamon, and 1/8 teaspoon of ground cloves. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally.
- Add 1 (12-ounce) package of fresh or frozen cranberries and simmer until the mixture thickens and most of the cranberries burst (about 10 minutes). Serve warm.
Now you can enjoy a royal Boxing Day brunch like the late Queen Elizabeth II once did!