To prepare the ham: Place the meat on a cutting board. Using a sharp knife, score
the fat in a cross-hatch pattern, cutting all the way through to the meat.
Put the ham in a large roasting pan. Spread the honey over the ham. Combine the thyme
, bay leaves
, and juniper in a small bowl. Season the mixture with salt, and then rub it into the ham. Pour the beer over the ham. Cover the pan and marinate the ham
in the refrigerator for several hours or overnight.
Preheat the oven to 320 degrees F.
To prepare the puree: After the ham has marinated, peel and dice
all of the fruit and vegetables. Place the vegetables in the roasting pan around the ham.
To cook the ham: Roast
the ham and vegetables, basting the meat frequently with the marinade
and adding more beer
and honey if the pan seems dry. Cook the vegetables until they are very tender, about 1 hour. Take the vegetables from the roasting pan and put them in a large saucepan
. Set the vegetables aside until the ham is cooked. Return the meat to the oven and continue roasting and basting until the meat is tender, about 3 more hours. Take the ham out of the oven, cover it and set it aside to rest for 1 hour.
To finish the puree: Gently warm the vegetables over medium heat. Mash
them with the butter, and then season with salt and pepper. Keep the puree warm until ready to serve.
the ham if desired (see Cook's Note below), and then slice it. Serve the ham with the puree, Horseradish
Cream and Apple and Pear Compote
, accompanied by grilled toast topped with mushrooms, if desired.
Cook's Note: If desired, the ham can be glazed with a mixture of honey and mustard
just prior to slicing and serving.