This is one of my favourite things in the world to eat.
Amazingly moist gammon with a deliciously sweet and crisp crust. You will all be fighting for the end piece!
As with a lot of families, we always have gammon around Christmas – traditionally on New Year’s Day. My Grandad (aka Granda) used to come and stay with us for Christmas and New Year and he would bring a huge gammon with him. It used to be a much bigger gammon in those days so mum would boil it first before putting it in the oven and then putting the glaze on it. I cook much smaller versions so you can cook it just in the oven.
I look forward to our New Year’s gammon a lot more than the Christmas roast. Although I love all of the trimmings, turkey isn’t my favourite of meats – especially cold! As soon as my Mum had finished cooking the gammon I would loiter in the kitchen waiting for the change to sneak an off cut. My Mum always serves this with creamed mashed potatoes, vegetables and a parsley white sauce. I don’t like the parsley sauce but the rest of the family rave about it! I do keep the rest pretty much the same though as it is such a delicious combination.
This is so delicious you will keep going back for more!
Smoked boneless gammon joint (1.5kg)
50g demerara sugar
70g clear honey
- Line a roasting tin with plenty of tin foil or use a disposable foil tray. Place the joint on the tin and cover with more foil. Cook the joint for 30 minutes less than the time specified on the cooking instructions
- When the joint has 30 minutes left of cooking time, remove it from the oven and dispose of the foil
- Cut off the rind and the majority of the fat leaving a couple of millimeters. Score the fat with a knife diagonally one way and then the other
- Mix the sugar and honey together in a bowl and then pour over the fat of the gammon. Put the gammon back into the oven uncovered for the remaining 30 minutes of cooking
- Take out of the oven and allow to rest for a few minutes loosely covered in foil before carving