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Give your gammon some oomph with our tasty spice coating, and serve with something a little different – relish made from beetroot, sultanas and apple. Delicious!
Serves: 12
Prep time: 20 mins
Cooking time: 2 hrs 30 mins
Skill level: Easy peasy
Costs: Mid-price

 

Ingredients

 

    • About 2kg (4lb) smoked gammon joint

 

For the stock:

    • 1 onion

 

    • 1 carrot

 

    • 1 leek

 

    • 2 sticks of celery

 

    • 2 bay leaves

 

    • 1 cinnamon stick

 

    • 15 cloves and some peppercorns

 

For the spice mix:

    • 1 tsp each of cumin seeds, coriander seeds, ground ginger and cinnamon

 

    • ½ tsp each of ground nutmeg and ground cloves

 

    • Pinch of dried chillies

 

For the beetroot relish:

    • 1 tbsp olive oil

 

    • 1 small onion, sliced

 

    • 2 eating apples, peeled, cored and sliced

 

    • 250g (8oz) cooked beetroot, cut into small wedges

 

    • 2 tbsp sultanas

 

    • ½ tsp ground ginger

 

    • ¼ level tsp each of ground coriander, ground cumin and ground cinnamon

 

    • 2 tbsp cider vinegar

 

    • 1 tbsp honey

 

 

Method

 

 

    1. Put the gammon in a large pan with chopped stock ingredients. Add enough water to cover, bring to the boil, then simmer for just under 2 hours.

 

    1. For spice mix, use a pestle and mortar to grind ingredients.

 

    1. Set oven to 180°C/350°F/ Gas Mark 4. Remove meat from pan, leave for 10 mins, then peel off skin. Put meat in a roasting tin and press spice mix on top using the back of a spoon. Roast for 30 mins, until golden. Leave for about 15 mins before slicing, or leave until completely cold.

 

    1. To make the relish: Heat the oil in a frying pan, add onion and cook over a low heat for 8 mins. Add apple, beetroot, sultanas and spices and cook for 2 mins, then add 5 tbsp water and cook for a further 15 mins, until the fruit is soft but not mushy. Add the vinegar and simmer for 1 min, then add honey. Serve either hot or cold.

 

 

Nutritional information per portion

 

 

fat 12.0g saturates 4.0g calories 255(kcal)

 

This nutritional information is only a guide and is based on 2,000 calories per day. For more information on eating a healthy diet, please visit the Food Standards Agency website.

Guideline Daily Amount for 2,000 calories per day are: 70g fat, 20g saturated fat, 90g sugar, 6g salt.