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Christmas Apricot & Ginger Ham

Christmas Apricot & Ginger Ham

Glaze your Christmas gammon joint with fruit, bay leaves, allspice and cloves then slow roast and serve as thick slices.


(Serves 15-20)


3kg Gammon joint

2l bottle ginger beer

2 bay leaves

6 whole allspice berries

6 black peppercorns

30-40 whole cloves

1 tsp ground ginger

340g jar apricot jam


Add the gammon to a large pan and add the ginger beer, bay leaves, allspice, peppercorns and 6 of the cloves.


Top up the liquid with enough water to cover. If the gammon joint sticks out of the liquid, don’t worry – just rotate halfway through cooking.


Put over a medium heat and bring to a gentle simmer, then cover with a lid or a piece of foil. Leave to cook for 2½ hrs, topping up with water as it cooks.


Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. When the ham is cool enough to handle, discard the cooking liquid and pat dry.


Use a small, sharp knife to pare the rind away from the ham, leaving a layer of fat attached to the meat.


Score the fat in a diamond pattern and stud all over with the remaining cloves. Put the ham in a roasting tin.


Mix together the ginger and jam and brush the mixture over the ham. Roast for 1 hr until golden and glistening.


Serve hot or cold.

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