For many years now, we have reserved the baked gammon for Christmas Eve. When the present-wrapping is all done and all the preparation is finished for the big day, it’s time to sit down for hot gammon sandwiches in squishy, chunky fresh bread, washed down with a glass of fizz. The aroma of this wonderful dish cooking in its final stages is something I will always associate with Christmas but we do sneak it in a couple of other times throughout the year. The spirit of Christmas should be with us all year around, after all!
Serves 8 with left overs
What you need…
1 x unsmoked gammon joint, weighing about 4 kg
1 carrot, cut in half
1 onion, cut in half at root
1 celery stick
1 bay leaf
for the glaze
8 tablespoons good quality marmalade
2 tablespoons wholegrain mustard
2 tablespoons black treacle
A handful of cloves
What to do…
Soak the gammon overnight if you’re having it for lunch or all day if you are having it in the evening. Discard the soaking water before starting.
Put the gammon in a large saucepan, cover with water and add the carrot, onion, celery, bay leaf and peppercorns. Bring to the boil, cover and then turn down the heat to a low simmer for 2¾.
Pre heat the oven to 180°c / 350f / gas 4
When the gammon is cooked, remove from the cooking water and set aside to drain.
Make the glaze by mixing all of the ingredients (except the cloves) together in a bowl.
Cut the rind off the gammon, leaving a thin layer of fat. Score the fat diagonally in a criss-cross pattern and then stud with cloves all over. Put the gammon in a roasting tin, brush/spoon over the glaze and bake for about 30 minutes until sticky and golden. The smell will make you swoon! Serve your Baked Glazed Gammon with warm gorgeous doorstep bread and salted butter. Yummy!
The easiest baked gammon recipe I have tried and soooooo delicious!