Swedish Style Vegan Christmas Ham (Vegansk Julskinka)
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Our Swedish Style Vegan Christmas Ham is going to blow your mind! It’s extremely delicious, filling and perfect for Christmas or any special occasion.

Julskinka or Christmas ham is the centrepiece of the Swedish Christmas table, and since I am a Swede I have eaten this for so many years until we went vegan almost 4 years ago. It’s normally served cold and finished off in the oven glazed with mustard, applesauce, and breadcrumbs.

This year, I decided that I needed to find a way to veganize this ham, and I have truly found it, as this vegan ham looks exactly the same as the non vegan one and, oh my goodness, tastes so delicious that both wifey and I couldn’t stop ourselves eating it all!

Once the ham is cooked, it’s moved somewhere cold, usually outside, to cool as quickly as possible. The idea is that this way will ensure that the ham remains moist and tasty.

I made my vegan version exactly this way and it worked just as good, the ham is moist and not dry at all, truly full of flavours!

Swedish Style Vegan Christmas Ham (Vegansk Julskinka)

One serving of this delicious Swedish Style Vegan Christmas Ham (150 g) of this delicious vegan ham provides you with 255.5 kcal and 34.8g of protein, which is 70% of the protein that you need in a day (based on a 2000 kcal per day diet), and just 6.1g of fat, with 0 grams of trans fat and 0 g of cholesterol. Doesn’t it sound amazing? Well, it is!

Give this a try, you and your family are going to love it!

As I said before, this ham is consumed cold, but my wife likes it better warm so you’re welcome to try it that way too! Simply cook the ham slices in a non-stick skillet and you’re all set!

Swedish Style Vegan Christmas Ham (Vegansk Julskinka)

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Swedish Style Vegan Christmas Ham (Vegansk Julskinka)

Swedish Style Vegan Christmas Ham (Vegansk Julskinka)

George
Our Swedish Style Vegan Christmas Ham is going to blow your mind! It's extremely juicy delicious, filling and perfect for Christmas or any special occasion.
5 from 15 votes

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Prep Time 1 hr
Cook Time 3 hrs 20 mins
Total Time 4 hrs 20 mins
Course Celebrations, Christmas, Main Course, Mock-meats & Burgers
Cuisine Swedish Cuisine
Servings 15
Calories 255.5 kcal

Ingredients
  

HAM

    HAM DRY INGREDIENTS

    HAM BLENDER INGREDIENTS

    STREAK

      STREAK DRY INGREDIENTS

      STREAK BLENDER INGREDIENTS

      SIMMERING BROTH

      • 2 litres water
      • 2 onions, quartered
      • 15 whole white peppercorns
      • 15 whole allspice corns
      • 4 bay leaves
      • Some store-bought vegetable broth, if desired

      GLAZE

      • 8 whole cloves inserted in the ham
      • 2 tbsp old style mustard
      • 2 tbsp applesauce
      • 1/4 cup breadcrumbs

      Instructions
       

      • In a big bowl, combine the dry ingredients of the ham and set aside.
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      • Press the tofu using either a tofu press (allow around 12 hours of pressing time) or manually, squeezing out the water wrapping the tofu with a kitchen towel, twisting and squeezing hard until all water is out.
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      • Using a high-speed blender, combine the crumbled pressed tofu and the rest of the blender ingredients. Blend until smooth and creamy.
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      • In a medium bowl, combine the dry ingredients of the streak part and set aside.
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      • Using a high-speed blender, combine all the blender ingredients of the streak part (tofu, oat milk, chickpeas, smoked salt, white miso paste, and pink peppercorns). Blend until smooth and creamy.
      • Scoop the blended ingredients from the ham into the dry ingredients from the ham, and combine with a sturdy silicone spatula until dough begins to form.
      • Scoop the blended ingredients from the streak part into the dry ingredients from the streak part, and combine with a sturdy silicone spatula until dough begins to form.
      • Transfer the ham dough to a work surface and knead vigorously for at least 5 minutes. Make sure it's elastic enough to not tear when you stretch it apart. Make a few tests and if it breaks too easily, keep kneading and try again. This is a very important step as the texture of the ham will absolutely depend on it. Sometimes it can take 10 minutes or more but it is very important to continue kneading until the dough does not break when you stretch it apart!
      • Transfer the streak part dough to a work surface and knead vigorously for at least 5 minutes as well. Make sure it's elastic enough to not tear when you stretch it apart. Make a few tests and if it breaks too easily, keep kneading and try again. This is a very important step as the texture of the ham will absolutely depend on it. Sometimes it can take 10 minutes or more but it is very important to continue kneading until the dough does not break when you stretch it apart!
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      • Shape the ham part into a ham/roast shape, and beat/roll the streak part into a flat slab, using a rolling pin.
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      • Lay the streak dough over the ham dough and press the two pieces until they fuse together, and then reshape into a ham (just like in the photo).
      • Bring 2 litres of water to a boil in a large pot.
      • Wrap the dough tightly first in parchment paper and then in cling film. Place the wrapped dough into the water for 2 hours, flipping over half way through cooking, simmering (don’t let it boil hard!).
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      • In another large pot, bring the broth to a boil.
      • After two hours inside the simmering water, remove the ham from the pot and allow to cool. Once cooled, unwrap the ham.
      • Now it's time to place it inside the pot with the simmering broth. Immeditely reduce to a simmer, and don't let it boil hard. Let it simmer for 1 hour, flipping over half way through cooking.
      • After one hour, remove the pot from the heat, cover, and let the ham cool in the broth for a few hours until lukewarm.
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      • Preheat the oven to 225ºC.
      • In a small bowl, combine the mustard and applesauce together.
        Vegan Christmas Seitan Ham w/ Swedish Flavours
      • Insert the whole cloves in the ham just like in the photo.
        Vegan Christmas Seitan Ham w/ Swedish Flavours
      • Using a basting brush, brush the mustard and apple sauce mix all over the ham until it’s all covered.
      • Sprinkle the breadcrumbs on top until well covered.
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      • Bake the ham on the upper rack of the oven for 10 to 15 minutes.
      • Take the ham out of the oven and quickly let cool completely. Once the ham is done baking, move it somewhere cold, usually outside (your balcony/terrace/patio), to cool as quickly as possible. The idea is that this way will ensure that the ham remains moist and tasty inside. Store in the refrigerator overnight, covered in aluminium foil. Chilling is very important so DO NOT OMIT this step.
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      • The next day, once the ham is cooled, it’s ready to be consumed.
        Swedish Style Vegan Christmas Ham (Vegansk Julskinka)
      • Carve and serve cold, or warm if you wish. It's extremely delicious either way!
        Swedish Style Vegan Christmas Ham (Vegansk Julskinka)
      • Enjoy along with the rest of our Christmas delicious vegan dishes!
        Swedish Style Vegan Christmas Ham (Vegansk Julskinka)

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      Nutrition

      Serving: 150gCalories: 255.5kcalCarbohydrates: 15.4gProtein: 34.8gFat: 6.1gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 307.9mgPotassium: 217.3mgFiber: 2.9gSugar: 2.9g
      Keyword Baking, Roasting, Simmering
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      15 Comments

      1. Like!! Really appreciate you sharing this blog post.Really thank you! Keep writing.

      2. I made this ham for our family Christmas dinner last year and everyone loved it! It is incredible, very juicy and delicious, the glaze is delicious too. No one could believe it was a VEGAN HAM!. making it this year too, already bought all the ingredients. Thanks guys for your hard work!

        1. Hi Anne,
          So happy to hear that you and your family all loved our Swedish Christmas Ham and that you are making it again! Yay! We also make it every year, it’s so delicious, filling, and such a beautiful centrepiece for the Christmas table 🙂

        2. Hi, in what ratio I should turn cups to desiliters? Meaning, do you use UK or US cups?

          1. Hi :)! We use US cups, 240 ml per 1 cup

      3. What could be used to replace the garlic and onion powder for an allergic person? And, is it possible to use tin foil instead of the plastic wrap when boiling?

        1. Hi Madeleine,
          We have never made this recipe without adding onion and garlic powder. Maybe replace them with another spice with a strong flavour that you like? And about the tin foil instead of plastic wrap, we have never done it, but we think it should work, as long as you wrap it in parchment paper first 🙂

          1. Thank you for answering!!

      4. 5 stars
        This has been the centerpiece on my Christmas table for the last two years! Love it… Great job with the recipe.

        1. Hi Hans,
          That is amazing! This ham is also the centrepiece of our Christmas table every single year. We are so glad that you like it 🙂

          1. 5 stars
            I look forward to seeing your Christmas spread and the ham this year on your Instagram ☺️?

      5. 5 stars
        This is the best vegan meat we have ever tried in our lives! Seriously delicious and the presentation is beautiful! It makes for the very best ham/roast ever! THANK YOU for taking our vegan Christmas to a whole new level!!!

      6. 5 stars
        Making this again this Christmas, starting today as it takes 2 days to make, but TOTALLY WORTH IT! Best centerpiece ever! Everyone LOVES it! THANK YOU FOR THE BEST VEGAN RECIPE ON THE INTERNET!

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