salted caramel ham

salted caramel ham

Yes, yes, salted caramel is uber-ubiquitous. But I love a sweet glaze on my ham, such as honey or maple syrup, so why not salted caramel?

It’s not a fully developed caramel, more a syrup. But the flavours are there, and you get a salty-sweet kick with every bite. Make sure you hold back some glaze and baste the freshly-carved slices. After five minutes cooling it settles into a sticky sauce. If you can’t bothered making a caramel, golden syrup will work just fine.

Salted caramel ham:

450g gammon ham joint

2 carrots, broken up

1 onion, quartered

2 bay leaves

1 tablespoon black peppercorns

1 star anise

For the glaze:

75g sugar

50ml water

40g butter

A large pinch of smoked sea salt

  1. Put the gammon and other ingredients in a large pan and cover with cold water. Bring to the boil and reduce to a simmer. Cook for two hours or until a knife inserted into the middle slides in easily. Turn off the heat and allow to relax in the warm juices.
  2. Preheat the oven to 200°C. In a small pan melt the sugar and water together until golden brown. Take off the heat and swirl in the butter. Simmer for a further three minutes and turn off the heat.
  3. Remove the meat from the stock and drain for a minute. Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper and place the meat on it. Baste with the caramel, adding a splash of stock if it’s too gooey.
  4. Bake for 15 minutes, then baste with more caramel.
  5. After a further 15 minutes remove from the oven and put the meat to one side to rest, sprinkling on the salt. Meanwhile add a trickle of stock to the baking tray to bring together the sauce and pour off into a bowl. Carve the meat, serving with the reserved caramel.

2 thoughts on “salted caramel ham

  1. insearchofheston

    After all the pre-Christmas faffing around I love a massive ham to bridge the gap from when the Christmas leftovers are finished to the short-lived New Years health kick.

    We unashamedly always go with the Nigella cola-baked job, but I’ve never been super-fond of her crust. We used this exact recipe this year and it was exceptional! This is how our hams will be from now on :)

    1. Gary Post author

      I find the cola ham deeply unsatisfying. It’s so gimmicky and lessens both ingredients. I prefer simpler marinades, like honey, maple syrup, and of course caramel!


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