Christmas Ham

3h 6 servings
  • 2.5kg unsmoked gammon
  • Strips of rind from 1 orange
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 sprigs of thyme
  • 1 star anise
  • 15 black peppercorns
  • 1 white onion, quartered
  • 1 celery stick, cut into 3
  • Cold water to cover gammon


  • 25g Slightly Salted Lurpak
  • 50g Dark Muscovado sugar
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 3 tbsp whole grain mustard
  • 1 tbsp English mustard powder
  • Finely chopped zest of small orange
  • Whole cloves to stud
Christmas Ham


TIP: If you don't wish to cook a gammon from scratch, simply buy a smoked ham and begin the glaze recipe at point 5. 

1. Fill a large pan with water and place the gammon inside; submerging completely.

2. Add the orange rind, onion, bay, thyme, star anise, black peppercorns and celery and bring to the boil.

3. Immediately reduce the heat and simmer gently for 1 hour 45 minutes.

4. 20 minutes before the gammon is ready preheat the oven to 200°C and make the glaze.

5. In a saucepan on a medium heat, melt 25g Lurpak and add the sugar, wholegrain mustard, English mustard, orange zest, salt and pepper.

6. Stir with a wooden spoon until all the ingredients are incorporated and the sugar has dissolved. Be careful not to let the mixture boil.

7. Once the gammon has simmered for 1 hour and 45 minutes, remove it from the pan and allow to cool for 15 minutes (skip this step if you're using a store-bought ham).

8. With a sharp knife carefully remove the skin - avoiding taking too much of the fat with it.

9. Score the fat to create diamond shapes then stud the centre of each diamond with a whole clove.

10. Place the gammon/ham in a foil-lined roasting tray then spoon the glaze over the fat.

11. Put in the preheated oven for a total of 20 minutes basting once during that time.

12. Remove from the oven, slice and serve.