Orange and cranberry glazed gammon, in November. Yes, you heard me correctly. This is the first of many Christmas food & drink posts. It’s the time of year where all food bloggers are actually eating Christmas before you have really thought about it! I love a good gammon. We usually have it on Christmas Eve because it’s easy and goes in between bread, with crackers and cheese, it goes with most snacky foods and snack foods make the world go round over Christmas. I’d not really thought about glazing it with anything other than my usual maple syrup and cloves. It was about time I dared to be different and since I am road testing the new Christmas orange & cranberry marmalade from Mackays – this would be the perfect opportunity.
So after a whole ten minutes preparing the glaze and then a few hours cooking (with the odd few minutes spent basting) the gammon was ready. The end result was superb. I was very impressed. A deliciously juicy, tender piece of gammon with hints of orange and cranberry from the glaze which had caramelised around the edges. I had the first slice. I love the gnarly, crunchy bits where the glaze has caught a little in the oven. I did think (half way through carving) that I should have done a larger joint of meat. It was truly amazing and that meant that there was nothing left for sandwiches the following day. I was a bit miffed that Misteright and The Boy both went back for second, without even saying a word, never mind saving any more gammon for me! Well, I suppose I can’t have everything! Not even the last bit of gammon in between some brown bread!
- 1/2 jar mackays christmas marmalade
- 250ml fresh orange juice
- 200g fresh cranberries
- 1 x 1.5kg boneless gammon joint
- put the ingredients in a large non-stick pan
- bring to the boil
- simmer until the cranberries have all popped
- strain through a sieve keeping the juice to one side
- score the gammon skin
- coat with the fruit pulp
- bake at Gas Mark 7 for 10 minutes
- baste with 3tbsp of the fruit juice
- turn the heat down to Gas Mark 3
- return to the oven
- basting every 30 minutes until the glaze is gone
Disclaimer – I received some complementary jars of the Christmas preserve range from Mackays
so I could create some very Christmassy dishes instead of writing just another boring review.
This is one of the things I came up with.