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Plum, ginger and chilli glazed gammon

Perfect for a Christmas or anytime feast!


For the gammon:
1.8 kg boneless gammon joint
1.25 l sparkling apple juice
1 l chicken stock – warm
250 ml plum sauce
15 ml ginger – finely grated
15 ml garlic – finely chopped
5 ml smoked chilli flakes
4 star anise
125 ml brown sugar
10 small plums – halved

For the slaw:
375 ml red cabbage – shredded
375 ml baby cucumbers – julienned
250 ml sugar snaps – thinly sliced
45 ml mint leaves
10 ml lemon juice salt and pepper

Method: 2 hours and 20 mins

For the gammon, place the meat in a large pot. Whisk the sparkling apple juice, chicken stock, plum sauce, ginger, garlic and chilli flakes together.

Pour it over the meat and add the star anise. Bring it up to a gentle simmer over medium heat, skimming off any impurities and cook for 1 hour 15 mins.

Leave the meat to cool in the liquid for 15 mins. Remove the meat from the liquid, remove the netting it came in and place on a lined baking tray. Gently peel off the skin, leaving the fat in tact.

Using a very sharp knife, score the fat into diamonds. Leave the meat to dry in the fridge while the glaze is prepared.

Whisk the brown sugar into the cooking liquid and bring it up to a gentle simmer over medium heat.

Simmer until thick and syrupy, 25-30 mins. Preheat the oven to 190°C. Brush the gammon with the glaze and roast for 20 mins.

Brush the gammon with the remaining glaze; add the plums to the tray and roast for a further 15 mins.

For the slaw, toss all of the ingredients together and season lightly.

Serve the gammon in slices with the roasted plums and slaw on the side.

TIP: Plum sauce can be found in the Asian aisle of the supermarket or at your local Asian supermarket.

TIP: If you cannot find plum sauce, simply replace it with cranberry sauce as an alternative. It is similar in colour and sweetness.

Source: SA Pork via Food24

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