Ginger beer & tangerine glazed ham

Ginger beer & tangerine glazed ham

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Cooking time

Prep: 20 mins Cook: 4 hrs, 10 mins Plus cooling

Skill level



Serves 8

This warming ginger beer-spiced ham is great for Christmas entertaining as it's simple to prepare ahead of time

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving



  • 3kg mild-cure gammon
  • 1 onion, halved
  • 3 tangerines, zest removed with a vegetable peeler
  • 4 star anise
  • 2l ginger beer

For the glaze

  • 3 tbsp honey
  • 2 tbsp wholegrain mustard
  • small handful cloves

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  1. Put the gammon, onion, tangerine zest and star anise in a large pan. Pour over all but 100ml of the ginger beer and, if necessary, top up with water so the gammon is just covered. Bring to the boil, skim the surface to remove any fat, reduce to a simmer, then cover and cook for 3-3½ hrs or until the meat is tender. When the gammon is cooked, remove it from the pan. Reserve the cooking liquor and use to cook lentils (see 'Goes well with'). Cool, cover and chill at this stage if you want to prepare ahead – bring back to room temp before continuing.
  2. Heat oven to 220C/200C fan/gas 7. Carefully cut the skin off the gammon, making sure to leave a layer of fat, then lightly score the fat into diamond shapes. Place in a roasting tin lined with foil. Warm the honey, mustard and reserved 100ml ginger beer in a pan and boil until it thickens. Spoon over the fat, then stud a clove into the middle of each diamond. Bake for 20-25 mins or until the glaze has caramelised. If you did prepare ahead, add another 10 mins to the cooking time. Slice and eat warm or cold.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, December 2010

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fionapenfold's picture
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I usually do my Christmas ham in coca cola - Nigella's recipe, but thought I'd try this for a change, it was lovely even nicer than the coca cola recipe, we've just finished it today & it still smelled & tasted amazing and I used out of date star anise........
Putting this in my folder for next christmas.

pegohart1's picture
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Loved it. The best way I've found of cooking a gammon/ham (by way of glazing that is). Full of flavour. Will be using the receipe for a Christmas Day Ham.

rebecca1july's picture
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My friend made this over the weekend from the easy food for a crowd spead page 102 December 2010 she said that all the recipes went together fantastically and would be great for an easy boxing day buffet which is healthy and mainly prepared ahead.

barryplatts's picture

Cooked this as a birthday treat with the chilli and braised tangerine lentils, absolutely wonderful meal all present thoroughly enjoyed. Lentils slightly unusual for teenagers but they loved it.