How to cook gammon

How to cook gammon

How to cook gammon

If you're a food enthusiast seeking to elevate your culinary prowess, look no further than the versatile and flavourful world of gammon. Whether you're working with gammon steaks or a whole gammon joint, these delightful cuts of meat offer a canvas for creativity in the kitchen.

Let's dive into the secrets of cooking gammon to perfection and explore the nuances of both gammon steaks and whole gammon joints.

Serving suggestions: When buying a gammon joint, allow 150-170g per person.

The perfect gammon joint 

Cooking a whole gammon joint is a delightful journey that begins with selecting a quality piece of meat - we suggest this ham from DukesHill, who are famed for their quality and even have a royal warrant. Opt for a joint that boasts a good balance of lean and fatty portions, ensuring a succulent and juicy end result.

To prepare your gammon joint, start by soaking it in cold water for a few hours or overnight to reduce its saltiness. Once soaked, place the joint in a large pot, cover it with water, and bring it to a gentle boil.

For added flavour, consider infusing the cooking water with aromatic spices such as bay leaves, cloves, and peppercorns. Simmer the joint for approximately 20 minutes per 450g, ensuring it's thoroughly cooked but still tender.

To finish, glaze the gammon joint with a mixture of honey, mustard, and brown sugar before roasting it in the oven until golden brown. The perfect Christmas gammon.

The result? A succulent and flavourful gammon joint that will impress even the most discerning palates.

Sizzling gammon steaks

For a quicker and equally delicious gammon experience, turn your attention to gammon steaks. These thick, flavourful cuts are a versatile option for a variety of dishes. Call us old fashioned but we like ours with fried eggs, chips and peas!

Begin by seasoning the steaks with a blend of your favourite herbs and spices – think garlic, thyme, and a touch of black pepper.

Pan-fry the gammon steaks in a hot skillet for approximately 3-4 minutes on each side until they develop a delicious caramelised crust.

To add a burst of freshness, consider serving the gammon steaks with a zesty pineapple salsa or a tangy apple chutney. The result is a quick, satisfying meal that effortlessly combines the richness of gammon with vibrant, complementary flavours.

Pairing suggestions:

Whether you've opted for a whole gammon joint or sizzling gammon steaks, choosing the right accompaniments is key. Roasted vegetables, creamy mashed potatoes, or a simple green salad make for excellent pairings that enhance the overall dining experience.

If you are feeling a little lazy or strapped for time - why not try our range of pre-cooked Gammon joints. We particularly like our Cranberry Glazed ham with pork stuffing or this pre cooked Wiltshire Ham - perfect for Christmas!

We hope this short guide helps you to perfect your gammon cooking skills. Please share your pictures with us and tag us with your best pictures on instagram!


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