Glazed smoked gammon

Prep Time:
Servings: 8
Cooking Time:
  • 400ml - ginger ale or apple juice
  • 45ml - honey
  • 1 - onion, quartered
  • - about 3kg smoked gammon (not previously frozen in the supermarket)
  • 15ml - castor sugar
  • 2 - celery stalks, roughly chopped
  • 2 - carrots, roughly chopped
  • - GLAZE
  • 125ml - apple jelly
  • 15ml - Dijon mustard
  • 1 - bouquet garni*
These days, you don’t need to brine your gammon before cooking it – all the water does is extract the flavour. By using this roasting bag method, the meat will remain juicy and melt-in-the-mouth tender.

1 Place the gammon, vegetables and bouquet garni in a large roasting bag inside a deep roasting dish and add the liquid. Seal the bag, prick a few holes in the top and roast for about 2½ hours in a preheated oven at 180°C. Remove from the oven and allow the meat to rest for 20 minutes on a chopping board. Set aside 125ml of the cooking liquid.

2 Use a sharp knife to remove the skin from the meat in a single piece. Be careful not to remove the fat layer, but only the hard skin on top of it. Now score the fat in a 2cm diamond pattern without cutting through the fat into the meat. Press a clove into each diamond for a tasty garnish. Return the gammon to the roasting dish.

3 Make the glaze Mix the apple jelly, honey, mustard and cooking liquid that you’ve already set aside.

4 Brush the glaze generously over the meat and roast it further so that the layer of fat can get crispy – about 45 minutes or until the glaze is golden brown and caramelised. Brush regularly with the glaze.

Tip Add a couple of apple quarters and baby onions to the dish 20 minutes before it’s finished roasting.

5 Sprinkle a thin layer of castor sugar over the glaze and roast for another 15 minutes or so – it sets the glaze, making it wonderfully shiny and crisp. Garnish with pomegranate rubies.

Make your own bouquet garni
Bay leaves are one of the traditional ingredients of a bouquet garni, together with thyme, parsley and black peppercorns. Place the herbs in a muslin bag so that you can easily remove them later.

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