Boxing Day was the one day of the year I remember eating boiled gammon. My Dad would always make this dinner the day after Christmas. It became a tradition in our home to have turkey on Christmas day and boiled gammon on Boxing Day. He would always use any leftovers in a pie with the leftover turkey. Which we would eat during the Christmas and New Year period.
If you have already guessed by now, my dad enjoyed feeding people, and Christmas was the time of the year he was able too. It gave him great pleasure and enjoyment making a meal and then serving it to friends and family. Pork was a favourite of his to cook. He loved bacon and sausage but he also liked roasting pork. Boiled Gammon is a meal that takes time to prepare but the results are always so delicious.
Serves 4 – 6
- Large saucepan
- Roasting pan
- Carving knife
- Carving fork
- Gammon x 1.75kg boned and rolled
- Cloves x 6 – 8
- Peppercorns x 6 – 8
- Bay leaves x 2
- Water x 2 litres or enough to cover the joint
- Put the gammon in the large saucepan and cover with the water.
- Add in the cloves, peppercorns and bay leaves.
- Leave to soak overnight.
- When ready to cook the gammon, drain the water and removes all the cloves, peppercorns and bay leaves.
- Cover the gammon with fresh water.
- Place the saucepan on a high heat and bring the water to the boil.
- Leave to simmer for 30 minutes.
- Preheat the oven to 180°C and put in a baking tray.
- After 30 minutes remove the gammon from the hob.
- Drain the water from the pan.
- Remove the baking tray from the oven.
- Wrap the gammon in foil, then place on the tray and place in the oven for 30 minutes.
- Remove the gammon from the oven, then remove the foil and place the gammon back in the oven for a further 10 minutes.
- Once cooked, remove the gammon from the oven and leave to stand for 20 – 30 minutes.
- Finally, once the gammon has cooled, carve and serve with roast potatoes.
Boiled gammon is a simple dish that has tasty results. Although it does take a long time to prepare, it’s very easy to cook. We ate ours with roasted potatoes and cauliflower cheese. Yummy! Plus, like my dad, I made sure there were leftovers for another meal. Gammon is also a great meat to roast and have cold on a hot day. It could be eaten with boiled potatoes and salad. It’s not just for Christmas but it’s an adaptable meat that can be eaten all through the year. However you decide to eat this dish, as always, enjoy.