Add a little spice to your gammon this season with this fantastic ham, laced with chilli and spices.
Put a 1·5kg (3lb) unsmoked gammon joint in a big pan and pour over 2 litres (3 1⁄2pt) apple juice or cider. Add 1 peeled and chopped carrot, 2 chopped sticks of celery, 1 chopped onion, 6 black peppercorns, 2 fresh bay leaves and 2 star anise. Bring to the boil, then turn down the heat and simmer for 1 hour. Drain and discard the veg. Leave to cool.
Preheat the oven to gas 6, 200°C, fan 180°C. Use a sharp knife to remove the skin from the cooled meat, leaving a 1cm (1⁄2cm) thick layer of fat over the gammon. Score fat into diamonds.
Put 1 tsp chilli flakes, 1 tsp coriander seeds and 1 tsp cumin seeds in a dry pan and fry for 1-2 minutes. Crush then mix with 3 tbsp clear honey and 1 tsp English mustard powder to make a paste. Spread over the gammon fat.
Put gammon on a rack in a foil-lined roasting tin. Pour a little cooking liquor into the tin. Bake for 25-30 mins, basting now and then. Remove from the oven and rest for 10 minutes before serving thinly sliced.
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