Festive Gammon with Spiced Roasted Plums

Justine Drake, Plums

  • Serves 6

Ingredients:

  • 8 plums, halved

  • Juice of 2 oranges

  • 3 cm knob ginger, grated

  • 1 tsp (5ml) 5-spice powder

  • 2 star anise

  • 1 – 2 Tbsp (15-30 ml) brown sugar (depending on sweetness of plums)

Gammon

  • 1 .2 kg gammon
  • 1.5 L ginger beer
  • 1 large onion
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 3 cm knob ginger, sliced

Glaze

  • ¼ cup (60 ml) honey
  • 2 Tbsp (30 ml) sriracha
  • 2 Tbsp (30ml) soy sauce

Method

  1. Place plums in a snug fitting roasting pan.

  2. Mix orange juice, ginger, 5-spice, star-anise and sugar together and pour over plums.

  3. Roast in a preheated 200 °C oven until plums are tender and sticky, about 25 minutes.

Gammon:

  1. Place all ingredients in a large pot. Top up with water if necessary to cover gammon if necessary. Bring to the boil, then cover and reduce to a simmer.

  2. Simmer for 30 minutes per 500 g. Drain and cool. Remove skin and score fat 5mm deep fat.

  3. Mix glaze ingredients together and brush over gammon.

  4. Grill to brown evenly.

  5. Place on a platter and spoon room temperature plums around gammon.