Honey and mustard roast gammon

Posted: October 17, 2009 by nietize in Pork, Roast
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Ingredients
2.75kg gammon, joint (middle cut)
1.5 tbsp Dijon Mustard, or English mustard
2 tbsp clear Honey
To decorate:

2 handfuls whole cloves

Method

1. Put the gammon joint into a large bowl (or spotlessly clean bucket), cover with cold water and leave to soak for 24 hours. Drain well.

2. Set the oven to 160°C/gas 3. Lay a sheet of kitchen foil in a roasting pan that is large enough to take the joint with some room to spare. Lay a second sheet across it, at right angles. Sit the gammon joint square in the middle; bring the silver foil up around the gammon, sealing edges together neatly and comprehensively, to form a loose, airtight wrapping around the gammon.

3. Roast for 2 hours. Increase the oven temperature to 220°C/gas 7. Open up that foil and lift the gammon out onto a large chopping board. Drain off all the juices. Make a couple of long cuts through the outer layer of skin (but not the fat underneath). Peel the fat off in strips, taking care, as it will be extremely hot.

4. Mix the mustard and honey together, and then smear thickly all over the layer of fat. Next score the fat with parallel lines first in one direction and then at an angle to it, to cover the joint in a pattern of diamonds. Push a clove into the centre of each diamond.

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5. Return the joint to the oven for a final 25 minutes or until richly browned and glazed. If you are serving the joint hot, let it rest in a warm place for 20-30 minutes before carving. For cold gammon, leave it to cool in its own time.

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Serve with buttered brown bread and rocket.

I still remember my first encounter with gammon in university hall and it was just eating an extremely thick piece of bacon. Not exactly a very good memory. Ten years later, I saw a gammon joint in Tesco and on a whim I decided to buy one and see what I can do with it (which is quite surprising because I normally plan my recipes before I buy the ingredients). Anyway, as you can see, I managed to find a recipe on the uktv website and you can actually WATCH the cook make this dish. Ah the wonders of technology. The weblink is: http://uktv.co.uk/food/recipe/aid/516007.

Oh and the gammon tastes heavenly, the salt has been drained out of the gammon joint from the soaking, the resulting balance of the sweet and savoury, absolutely heavenly.

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