Recipe #41 The greatest gammon you will ever taste

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Today I cooked gammon for the first time. I used to eat it when I was younger, and remember it being salty, chewy and heavy on the stomach. I’m not the greatest lover of pork cuts either, thick bacon turns my stomach, so I was a little apprehensive about buying and cooking a huge chunk of ham. However, we hosted birthday dinner for the father-in-law, and he likes it – so I stepped out of my comfort zone and gave gammon a go.

I sought comfort in a Nigella recipe today. She advises cooking it in coca cola… I know, it sounds crazy right, but it works. I served it up with carrots, onion, sweet potato, boiled potato, a fried egg and pineapple  It was delicious. If you’ve never cooked ham before, this is well worth a try.

To make it you’ll need:

  • A joint of boneless gammon (we picked one up from Castle Market for £4)
  • 2 litre of full fat, full sugar coca cola
  • One onion, sliced into quarters
  • 3-4 carrots cut into big chunks
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 tspns honey
  1. First off, of your gammon is salty, place it in a deep pan and cover with cold water. Bring to the boil – as soon as it’s boiling, drain off and place back in the pan. 
  2. Pour in your cola, until it’s covered, and add in your onions, carrots and bay leaves. Place on a medium heat to cook for 1 hour 30 minutes.
  3. When it’s done, place your oven on to heat at 180 degrees. Score your gammon on top and spoon on your honey and brush over the top. Place it in a roasting tin with your vegetables and spoon in your cola, up to 3-5 millimeters.
  4. Cook in the oven for 30-40 minutes.
  5. Serve with veg and enjoy!

Until tomorrow

Hayley Jayne xx


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