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Sunday, 11 January 2015

Slow Cooked Spiced Ham

It might seem like a bit of an extravagance to buy a ham in January, but you can get an awful lot of eating out of a large ham like this eating it sliced, warm and cold, then stretching the rest into several meals using rice, pasta, quiche, bakes, pies and pasties.

Adding some spices and citrus fruit to the cooking liquid just adds a little extra flavour to the ham.  It's not overpowering and is more obvious in the cold ham than when it is served warm.

Slow Cooked Spiced Ham
1 ham or gammon joint (2.5 kilos)
1 cinnamon stick
2 star anise
3 all spice berries
1/2 lemon
1/2 orange
1 litre of liquid (you can use apple juice, cider, white wine or water or a combination)

Place all the ingredients in your Slow Cooker or Crockpot,  put on the lid and cook on low for 4-5 hours.

Farmersgirl Tips

  • If you are using a smaller gammon joint, simply reduce the liquid, spices and cooking time, it's a really that simple.
  • If you want to glaze your ham, remove the rind, then using a sharp knife, make a criss cross pattern in the fat.  Make a mixture of  50g dark brown sugar and 1 tsp dried mustard powder and rub into the fat.  Heat the oven to 180C and bake until the rind is bubbling about 10-12 minutes.  I would recommend lining your tin with foil as the sugar mixture is really sticky and difficult to remove.

This is my entry for my #SlowCookedChallenge, the theme for January is CITRUS, why not join me?

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At 11 January 2015 at 22:18 , Blogger chow and chatter said...

love British gammon and great idea adding the spices

At 12 January 2015 at 10:02 , Blogger Unknown said...

Mmmm, I cured and baked a ham from our own pig for Xmas which was utterly incredible! Love the idea of cooking it in the slow cooker, bet it was fall apart tender.
Janie x

At 12 January 2015 at 19:57 , Blogger Hello said...

Mmmm looks delicious, I love all the leftovers you can make with ham x

At 12 January 2015 at 21:31 , Blogger Simplyfood said...

The one thing I don't own is a slow cooker, not sure what vegetarian recipes I could make in it.Have you cooked veggie recipes in it??

At 13 January 2015 at 12:00 , Blogger Unknown said...

Slow cookers are brilliant for hams, I never buy sliced ham for sandwiches since doing this.

At 13 January 2015 at 21:00 , Blogger Janice said...

Thanks Rebecca, it's a subtle flavour but definitely there.

At 13 January 2015 at 21:02 , Blogger Janice said...

Oh that must have been amazing, Jane. Cooking in the slow cooker does make it incredibly tender.

At 13 January 2015 at 21:03 , Blogger Janice said...

Me too Charlene. Thanks for your kind comment.

At 13 January 2015 at 21:06 , Blogger Janice said...

I use my slow cooker to cook dried beans and peas, there are also some recipes in my 7-a-day Slow Cooker Challenge Round Up

At 13 January 2015 at 21:07 , Blogger Janice said...

It is so much nicer, cheaper and, I'm sure, better for you than packets of pre-sliced ham.


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