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




    • 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






    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.