Spicy roast gammon with beetroot relish recipe

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serves: 12
Skill: easy
Prep: 20 min
Cooking: 2 hr 30 min

Nutrition per portion

Calories 255 kCal 13%
Fat 12g 17%
  -  Saturates 4g 20%
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  • Give your gammon some oomph with our tasty spice coating, and serve with something a little different – relish made from beetroot, sultanas and apple. Delicious!


    • About 2kg (4lb) smoked gammon joint
    • For the stock
    • :
    • 1 onion
    • 1 carrot
    • 1 leek
    • 2 sticks of celery
    • 2 bay leaves
    • 1 cinnamon stick
    • 15 cloves and some peppercorns
    • For the spice mix
    • :
    • 1 tsp each of cumin seeds, coriander seeds, ground ginger and cinnamon
    • ½ tsp each of ground nutmeg and ground cloves
    • Pinch of dried chillies
    • For the beetroot relish
    • :
    • 1 tbsp olive oil
    • 1 small onion, sliced
    • 2 eating apples, peeled, cored and sliced
    • 250g (8oz) cooked beetroot, cut into small wedges
    • 2 tbsp sultanas
    • ½ tsp ground ginger
    • ¼ level tsp each of ground coriander, ground cumin and ground cinnamon
    • 2 tbsp cider vinegar
    • 1 tbsp honey


    • Put the gammon in a large pan with chopped stock ingredients. Add enough water to cover, bring to the boil, then simmer for just under 2 hours.

    • For spice mix, use a pestle and mortar to grind ingredients.

    • Set oven to 180°C/350°F/ Gas Mark 4. Remove meat from pan, leave for 10 mins, then peel off skin. Put meat in a roasting tin and press spice mix on top using the back of a spoon. Roast for 30 mins, until golden. Leave for about 15 mins before slicing, or leave until completely cold.

    • To make the relish: Heat the oil in a frying pan, add onion and cook over a low heat for 8 mins. Add apple, beetroot, sultanas and spices and cook for 2 mins, then add 5 tbsp water and cook for a further 15 mins, until the fruit is soft but not mushy. Add the vinegar and simmer for 1 min, then add honey. Serve either hot or cold.

    Top tip for making Spicy roast gammon with beetroot relish

    Save any leftover beetroot relish for sandwiches

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