Recipe by Andy Jewell
I use a boil and roast method which makes the ham really succulent and tender. This recipe works equally well served hot with roast potatoes, cauliflower-cheese, braised leeks and Duke of Cumberland sauce, or cold with salad etc and yes it makes great ham sandwiches with good bread and english mustard.
Top Review by Chef ian b
I am re reviewing this recipe as I liked it so much last time I thought I would try it again using smoked ham. Again I would say use half the cloves ( but thats prob my taste), but overall this has to be the best and easiest way to cook ham .And oh so tender. Thats why I now rate it, higher than last time.
- 1 piece of raw cured ham (or Gammon smoked or unsmoked. Soaked to reduce salt if necessary)
- water, for boiling
- 4 tablespoons oil
- 20 -30 whole cloves
- 2 tablespoons clear honey
- 2 teaspoons coarse grain mustard
Directions See How It's Made
- First bring a large pan of water to the boil there should be enough water to cover the ham and the pan should be big enough so that the ham does not touch the sides.
- Lower the ham into the boiling water and reduce the heat to a simmer with just occasional bubbles breaking the surface (unless the ham is very salty there should be no need to skim the scum from the top).
- The ham should be cooked for 15 minutes to the pound.
- If you need to top up the water to keep the ham covered, use boling water.
- Meanwhile preheat the oven to 200C (hot, place in it an open roasting tin lined with foil'coz the honey really bakes on) with 4 tablespoons of oil and prepare a mixture of 2 tablespoons of honey to 2 teaspoons of wholegrain mustard.
- Remove the ham from the boiling pan and drain it.
- Remove any skin and score the fat underneath into diamond shapes with a sharp knife.
- Stud each diamond with a whole clove pushed through the fat.
- Spread the honey-mustard mixture over the ham and place into the roasting tin.
- Bake for 5 minutes the pound or for a maximum of half an hour, basting every 10 minutes.
- Remove from the heat and leave for 10 minutes to set before carving or leave to cool before wrapping in foil or clingfilm.