Are You Hungry Yet? - Glazed Ham - NZ by AndreaEL

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A tradition that has been carried from Gradma, to mother, to daughter and now to granddaughter or great granddaughter. Ham on the bone cured and purchased raw so that one is able to create ones own unique flavor.
When I first arrived in New Zealand and approached the local butcher near Christmas time to order my Gammon I was faced with a blank look. I was asked what a Gammon was. I soon discovered that it is called raw ham on the bone. Christmas without a Gammon is not Christmas to me.
I love preparing my Gammon and begin by finding a good butcher who supplies raw ham on the bone in NZ. It has to be well cured. Placing the huge 9kg leg in a massive pan I begin by slitting the skin into diamond shapes over the top of the leg. Whole cloves are shoved into slits and red wine and coke are poured over the whole leg. I cover the pan with tin foil and bake slowly in the over for many many hours adding more coke and red wine through the process. The wine and coke mingle and the flavor of the cloves seeps through the ham. Once cooked the skin is carefully removed and a glaze for the top is prepared using honey, cinnamon, brown sugar, lemon juice, mixed spice and apricot jam. The gammon is now ready to be decorated with a tin of sliced pineapples and glazed cherries. Once our decoration is secured with tooth picks I brush the glaze over the top and bake on high uncovered till the pineapple turns golden. The juices from the gammon of red wine and coke are removed and mixed with the pineapple juice to make a delicious gravy to go with your roast potatoes and veggies.
For us as a family there is nothing better than a home cooked Ham on the bone.
What is not consumed at Christmas dinner makes wonderful omelette’s, pasta dishes, cold meat & salad, sandwiches, or fired with eggs for breakfast. But the best part is to freeze the bone till winter then make ham and pea soup.

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  • Vanessa Barklay
    Vanessa Barklayabout 4 years ago

    If I wasn’t I am now!! YUM, looks gorgeous and makes a terrific photo too! :O)

  • Thank you for your kind comment Vanessa, much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

  • lynn carter
    lynn carterabout 4 years ago

    Yum, l love gammon but never had it like that with all the trimmings

  • Thank you for your kind comment Lynn, much appreciated. You should try it sometime it is awesome.

    – AndreaEL

  • Wilhelmina
    Wilhelminaabout 4 years ago

    Game on, I’m coming your way next Christmas, LOL :) what a great shot and explanation of how to do Gammon.

  • Thank you for your kind comment, much appreciated. My door is always open, so come on in..

    – AndreaEL

  • TonyCrehan
    TonyCrehanabout 4 years ago

    Great image, looks delicious and fascinating recipe Andrea. I wonder what went into it before Coca Cola was invented?

  • Thank you for your kind comment Tony, much appreciated. That is a good question, perhaps they only used red wine back then.

    – AndreaEL

  • barnsis
    barnsisabout 4 years ago

    Yummy, love ham, love pinapple, Great work.

  • Thank you for your kind comment Byron, much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

  • Roy  Massicks
    Roy Massicksabout 4 years ago
    What a shame when I am on a diet Andrea – looks delicious !
  • Thank you for your kind comment Roy, much appreciated. Who said ham was fattening???

    – AndreaEL

  • AuntDot
    AuntDotabout 4 years ago

    This looks absolutely wonderful! I’m not really fond of cooking, but you’ve made me want to try this!

  • Thank you for your kind comment Dot, much appreciated. It is such an awesome way to have ham, very different to the cooked ones you buy.

    – AndreaEL

  • dedmanshootn
    dedmanshootnabout 4 years ago

    YUM!!!! i WANT some! ;-)

  • Thank you for your kind comment, come on over we still have some in the freezer.

    – AndreaEL

  • Brenda Boisvert
    Brenda Boisvertabout 4 years ago

    Mmmmm …. that looks so delicious!! Happy 2011, Andrea:-)

  • Thank you for your kind comment Brenda, and happy 2011 to you too.

    – AndreaEL

  • rasim1
    rasim1about 4 years ago

    Nicely done.

  • Thank you Rasim for your wonderful comment, much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

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