This recipe that I got out of the Woman’s Value in about 2004 is a huge hit with my children.  How it came to be my prized Christmas dish was that my sister came to visit us for Christmas in Germany and I had a huge gammon I’d bought but had no idea how to prepare.  She’d brought with the Woman’s Value magazine and this recipe was in it.  As I’m decluttering, I found my ‘Flylady : Christmas File/Control Journal’ and thought I’d put it up on my blog so that my girls can have access to it for the future and its not just for Christmas time.

So here it is : (great dish to prepare ahead if you’re expecting lots of guests and the chutney is absolutely delicious).

Serves : 12

Preparation time : 30 minutes  : Cooking time : 3.5 hours

Oven temperature : 1900C

 3kg piece of deboned gammon

1litre dry apple cider

2 carrots, chopped into chunks

2 onions, peeled and studded with cloves

3 star anise

4 bay leaves

2 cloves garlic, peeled

12 peppercorns


50g dark brown sugar

60ml Dijon mustard

15cm cider vinegar

2ml ground spice

1ml ground nutmeg

10ml fresh grated ginger


2 large fresh pineapples, peeled and cubed

125ml water

6 star anise

10ml freshly grated ginger

15ml mustard seeds

250ml brown sugar

3ml salt

25ml lemon juice

  1. Place the gammon in a saucepan and add the cider and enough water to cover the meat.  Add the vegetables and spices.  Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat, cover and simmer for 30 minutes per 500g.  Remove any scum that floats to the surface while cooking.
  2. To make the glaze, place 125ml of the cider mixture in which the gammon was cooked in a saucepan.  Add the remaining ingredients and stir over medium heat until the sugar dissolves.  Reduce the heat and simmer for two minutes.[/col2]