Herbed Spiral Ham with Port Gravy

We took this elegant spiral ham and made it truly impressive by adding a rich and savoury port gravy. Serve this delicious ham at Easter or any other special occasion and is sure to become a family favourite! 

Food Storage: 3-4 days in the refrigerator or up to 1 month in the freezer.

Yield: Serves 12

Herbed Spiral Ham with Port Gravy


  • 9 lb ready-to-serve (fully cooked) spiral-cut ham
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh rosemary
  • 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 tsp grated lemon peel
  • 1 tsp dry mustard
  • 1 tsp freshly ground pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup ruby port
  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground pepper
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 4 tsp cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup cold water


  1. Preheat oven to 325°F.
  2. Place ham, flat side down, on a rack in a large roasting pan.
  3. Combine oil, rosemary, garlic, lemon peel, dry mustard and 1 tsp pepper in a small bowl. Pat rosemary mixture onto sides of ham. Loosely tent ham with foil. Bake for 2 1/2 - 3 hours or until a meat thermometer registers 140°F. Do not overcook.
  4. Transfer ham to a platter and loosely cover with foil. Let stand 15 minutes before carving.
  5. Meanwhile, to prepare port gravy, skim fat from drippings. Set pan over low heat. Add broth, port, 1/4 tsp pepper and salt to drippings. Bring to a boil over medium heat, scraping to loosen browned bits. Boil, stirring frequently, for 3 - 4 minutes. Whisk together cornstarch and cold water until blended. Whisk into port mixture along with any accumulated juices from ham. Bring to a boil, whisking frequently. Reduce heat and simmer, whisking constantly, until thickened, about 1 - 2 minutes.
  6. Carve ham by slicing down alongside bone. Serve with port gravy.
Nutritional analysis per serving:


473 calories, 19.1 g fat, 63.9 g protein, 7.3 g carbohydrate, 0.2 g fibre, 3759 mg sodium

Tip: A spiral-cut ham has been sliced on the bone in a spiral fashion, making carving easy and elegant. The slices remain in place during cooking but release neatly and easily for serving.