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An Easy Way to Cook Gammon to Perfection & a Honey Glaze for Roasting

A couple of years ago, Jumpy’s eczema and allergies were so out of control that any food that made its way into her mouth was causing her skin to react. I started a food diary to make sure I could identify what was or was not causing a reaction. I really went back to basics with my cooking. I would cook things separately and avoid at all costs anything processed.

Sliced meats, no matter how ‘good quality’ they might have been, invariably caused a reaction. I thought she might be allergic to pork, but her allergy consultant suggested it might be the preservatives in the meat. Have you ever looked at the ingredients on a pack of sliced ham? It is scary! There are more unpronounceable words on there than you could imagine.

As soon as I started cooking ham myself, she was fine with it (and loved it!). Now, she always asks for “chicken” (her word for meat!) and she is a real meat lover. Would you believe me if I said she prefers it to chocolate?

I have always cooked gammon, but not necessarily in view on keeping it in the fridge and slicing as we went along, but it works beautifully and it keeps for a few days wrapped in cling film. It is perfect because it is so versatile. You can slice it finely for sandwiches or wraps, pull chunks out and eat cold with mayonnaise (Crevette’s favourite pack lunch savoury treat!) or cut it in small pieces to use in savoury muffins, quiches, pasta dishes, curries and so on and so forth.

To start with, I would only boil it in water, just to make sure Jumpy could actually eat the meat, and gammon after gammon, I gradually added more and more ingredients to make a tasty stock.

An Easy Way to Cook Gammon to Perfection & a Honey Glaze for Roasting - perfect blend of herbs and veg

Shop-bought stock was out of the question (again, too many ingredients to be safe), so I played around with vegetables and herbs until I found the perfect balance of veg and herbs that would really enhance the flavours of the gammon (Whoops, I forgot the leek for the photo!).

An Easy Way to Cook Gammon to Perfection & a Honey Glaze for Roasting - Gammon about to be boiled

You could stop there and eat the gammon boiled in your homemade stock. It will be delicious, and we normally eat it just like that, always making sure we keep some to eat cold the next day.

When Schwartz asked me to collaborate on a recipe, I felt honoured. It is not every day you are asked to develop a recipe for a brand you love and use all the time! This recipe is the combination of my own boiled gammon recipe and a tweaked version of Schwartz’ honey glazed gammon.

If your children like to help in the kitchen, they will love getting involved. After I had scored the fat, Beanie carefully put cloves in. I am not normally a fan of cloves, but in this recipe, they give that little extra depth to the meat. Just make sure you remove them before eating. It would not be a pleasant surprise for your guests!

An Easy Way to Cook Gammon to Perfection & a Honey Glaze for Roasting - Cloves for great flavour when roasting

My girls even managed to work together without arguing too much.

An Easy Way to Cook Gammon to Perfection & a Honey Glaze for Roasting - Beanie and Jumpy working together

Beanie also loved putting the glaze together and spreading it over the cooked gammon.

An Easy Way to Cook Gammon to Perfection & a Honey Glaze for Roasting - ground ginger

You will really take your gammon to a whole new level by roasting it with the scrumptious honey glaze.

An Easy Way to Cook Gammon to Perfection & a Honey Glaze for Roasting - Beanie making the glaze


It is more of a treat, for a special occasion or when you have guests around. The beauty of this dish is it tastes even better if you boil the gammon the day before, considerably reducing time spent in the kitchen on the day you have guests over.  Even the glaze can be spread over the gammon a couple of hours in advance, covered in foil and kept in the fridge, so all you have to do when your guests arrive is place the gammon in the oven.

An Easy Way to Cook Gammon to Perfection & a Honey Glaze for Roasting - Beanie spreading the glaze

Fresh ginger on top makes all the difference in my opinion and I like to grate a little bit more on top of the cooked gammon just before serving.

An Easy Way to Cook Gammon to Perfection & a Honey Glaze for Roasting - ginger

The gammon is so flavoursome, you will not need to fancy side dishes and I find that steamed vegetables (French beans, sliced carrots, asparagus, baby cauliflower, baby sweetcorn) or mash really complement it beautifully.

An Easy Way to Cook Gammon to Perfection & a Honey Glaze for Roasting - veg

An Easy Way to Cook Gammon to Perfection & a Honey Glaze for Roasting


Step 1: To Cook the Gammon

  • 1.5 kg unsmoked gammon joint
  • 1 onion peeled
  • 1 leek trimmed and washed
  • 1 carrot peeled
  • 1 parsnip peeled
  • 1 sweet potato or any other root vegetable peeled
  • 2 Schwartz bay leaves
  • 15 Schwartz black peppercorns
  • 1 tablespoon Schwartz perfect shake season-all herb and spice blend optional

Step 2: To Roast the Gammon

  • · 1 tablespoon Schwartz Cloves
  • · ¼ teaspoon Schwartz Ground Ginger
  • · 2 tablespoons clear honey
  • · 1 tablespoon demerara sugar
  • · Root ginger to grate


Step 1: Cook the Gammon

  1. Rinse the gammon joint under cold water and place it in a large casserole dish with the onion, leek, carrot, parsnip, sweet potato, bay leaves, peppercorns and herb and spice blend (if using).
  2. Cover all ingredients with cold water.
  3. Over a high heat, bring to the boil.
  4. Scoop out the foam that has formed on top and reduce the heat. Cover and leave to cook for 2 ½ hours, making sure the gammon is always completely submerged in water. Add water if needed.
  5. Ideally, cover and keep in a cool place for all the flavours to infuse overnight. If you are short on time, you can take the gammon out of the stock and move on to the next step once it is at room temperature.

Step 2: Roast the Gammon

  1. Preheat your oven to Gas Mark 7 (220°C, 425°F). Remove the rind from the joint and score the exposed fat with a sharp knife to form a diamond pattern. Press a clove into the centre of each diamond.
  2. Place the joint in a roasting tin. Mix the Ginger, honey and sugar together and spread the glaze over the joint. Add some freshly grated ginger on top.
  3. Bake the glazed gammon in the oven for 20-25 minutes, basting it frequently until the fat is crisp and golden. Take it out of the oven and cover tightly with foil. Leave it to rest for 20 minutes. In the meantime, cook the vegetables.

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How to Cook Gammon to Perfection & a Honey Glaze for Roasting

This post is sponsored by SchwartzAll opinions and photos are my own.


  1. Eva
    05/04/2016 / 8:51 am

    Je crois que le secret de ton plat si bien réussi, c’est sont tes commis 😉

    • Mel
      08/04/2016 / 11:15 pm


  2. 05/04/2016 / 9:04 am

    Feeling inspired…Looking forwards to trying this gammon recipe for a Sunday lunch as I always seem to cook the same roast 🙂

  3. FreeFromFairy
    05/04/2016 / 12:59 pm

    I love ham cooked like this! As you say, the packet stuff is horrible…crammed full of nasty ingredients. When I do a boiled ham I slice it up and freeze it so that we have it on hand for many meals to come! Love the photos as always xx

    • Mel
      08/04/2016 / 11:13 pm

      I’ve never even considered freezing it. I love it so much I keep going to the fridge for more all day!

  4. myrecipebookuk
    05/04/2016 / 10:11 pm

    This sounds lovely Mel. I always buy a big gammon at Christmas but not so much the rest of the year. I really should buy it more often as everyone in the house loves it.

    Loving the use of carrots too 😉

    • Mel
      08/04/2016 / 11:12 pm

      Gammon is a staple food in our house. When one’s not cooking, there are leftovers in the fridge, he he!

  5. 08/04/2016 / 10:13 am

    This looks wonderful, we don’t eat pork here but I know Papa G would love this-stunning photos as always x

    • Mel
      08/04/2016 / 3:20 pm

      Thanks ma belle. x

  6. Life as Mum
    10/04/2016 / 7:05 pm

    That looks and sounds delicious. We have made this ourselves before and it’s lovely.

  7. Rachel
    10/04/2016 / 7:26 pm

    This looks just absolutely amazing. I chuck mine in the slow cooker and leave there overnight, the smell is just lush x

  8. fashionandstylepolice
    10/04/2016 / 9:13 pm

    This looks amazing. I will be trying this x

    • Mel
      10/04/2016 / 10:30 pm

      Let me know what you think when you do!

      • WhatLauraLoves (@whatlauraloves)
        12/04/2016 / 1:43 am

        I adore gammon. Cooked my first roasted gammon after Christmas and loved how easy it was to make. I’ll give your recipe a go next time we get a joint xxx

        • Mel
          13/04/2016 / 2:42 pm

          I hope you like it!

  9. Melanie Edjourian
    11/04/2016 / 12:51 am

    wow what a great recipe. Thanks for sharing.

  10. Elizabeth
    11/04/2016 / 9:46 am

    Oh my gosh this looks amazing! I can almost smell it cooking from here. 🙂

    • Mel
      14/04/2016 / 12:25 pm

      The smells coming out of the kitchen when it’s cooking are incredible!

  11. Emily Rose Vass
    11/04/2016 / 11:13 am

    It’s lovely you got the girls to help you, I’m vegan but I enjoy cooking with my friends and family

    • Mel
      23/04/2016 / 12:32 am

      Oh, I’ve got quite a few vegan recipes on the blog (one of my girls is allergic to eggs and used to be allergic to dairy protein as well)!

  12. 11/04/2016 / 11:37 am

    Woah! How did I miss this pre Easter! OMG I have been waiting to learn how to cook gammon properly since I saw Nigella make it years ago, but the recipe wasn’t complete!

    • Mel
      17/04/2016 / 10:38 pm

      I hope you try it and love it as much as I do. I am a gammon addict. Seriously, I could get up in the middle of the night just for a little piece or 10 with a bit of mayo. x

  13. Working Mum Blog
    11/04/2016 / 7:58 pm

    This looks very tasty. I’ve not tried making gammon at home before. My hubby bought some ages ago and it was so salty. I might give making this a go and see what we think. Thanks for sharing your recipe

    • Mel
      23/04/2016 / 12:33 am

      I always buy it unsmoked. If you get a smoked gammon, try rinsing it under the tap before cooking and it should get rid of excess salt.

  14. rachphillips
    12/04/2016 / 10:11 am

    i love gammon so much and especially honey glazed! you know i’ve never thought to put in ginger! will try that next time.

    • Mel
      23/04/2016 / 12:30 am

      The ginger adds a bit of ‘zing’ to the recipe (do I even make sense?).

  15. Anna
    16/04/2016 / 7:54 am

    Your ham is so good, I love it. I have to learn this to cook for my kids for the future time ( I’m not married now). Thanks for sharing

    • Mel
      23/04/2016 / 12:28 am

      My pleasure lovely. It really tastes heavenly!

  16. susankmann
    18/04/2016 / 4:51 pm

    This looks amazing. Definitely going to give this a go xx

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