IT'S ALL ABOUT THE BEES 
Honey is versitile. Every Christmas I make a honey glazed ham for Christmas eve tea and for impromptu meals into the New Year. 
This recipe is really easy and can be cooking whilst you do other jobs in the kitchen. It makes a great centre piece to a traditional table. It is a great standby for every day of the festive period. Surprise visitors? a couple of slices of ham, a little cheese and healthy portion of Cranberry or Rowanberry sauce, with maybe a hunk of crusty bread and a nice nutty ale. 
Preparation time Cooking time Serves 
less than 30 mins over 2 hours 10-20 
 
Ingredients for cooking the gammon 
2-4kg/4lb 8oz-9lb unsmoked boneless gammon joint, tied 
2 onions, halved 
2 carrots, unpeeled, cut into 5cm/2in pieces 
2 celery stalks, cut into 5cm/2in pieces 
4 bay leaves 
12 black peppercorns 
small handful cloves 
 
Ingredients for the glaze  
4 tablespoon runny honey & 4 tablespoon English mustard 
Method 
 
Place the gammon joint into a large lidded saucepan, cover with cold water and bring to the boil over a high heat. Drain the water from the saucepan, add fresh cold water, add the onions, carrots, celery, bay leaves and peppercorns and bring to the boil once more. Reduce the heat, cover with a lid and simmer the gammon and vegetables gently for 20 minutes per 500g/1lb 2oz. (If your pan is not quite large enough to cover the joint completely, turn the gammon over halfway through the cooking time.) 
Remove the gammon from the water and set aside to cool for fifteen minutes. (The cooking liquid can be strained and reserved for making soup for another time. 
Pre-heat the oven to 200C/400F/Gas 6 and line a large roasting tin with aluminium foil. 
Use a small knife to remove the rind from the gammon joint, leaving as much of the fat intact as possible. Score the fat in a diamond pattern, and push a clove into the centre of each 'X'. 
Place the gammon into the foil-lined roasting tray, ensuring that the sides of the foil come half way up the joint to contain any roasting juices. 
For the glaze, mix the honey and mustard together and brush half of it evenly over the gammon, including one side of the joint. Roast in the centre of the oven for ten minutes, then take the joint out and brush the top and remaining side with the rest of the glaze. Return the gammon to the oven for a further 10-15 minutes, rotating the roasting tin so that the opposite side of the gammon faces the back of the oven. 
The gammon is ready when the fat on top is glossy and golden brown. Cover loosely with foil if the top begins to look too brown. Remove the gammon from the oven and set aside to rest for 15 minutes before carving. 
Pour any juices that have collected in the aluminium foil into a small pan, and warm through gently. 
Carve the gammon, serve on a large platter and spoon over the warmed juices . 
Cooking Note 
Gammon cooking time: Simmer 20 minutes per 500g/1lb 2oz 
If the gammon is to be served cold, remove the joint from the fridge and allow to come to room temperature for 30 minutes. 
Kudos to the Hairy Bikers. My recipes are the same except I use my very own summer blossom honey. Order yours HERE 
Tagged as: BBC, Recipe
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