Cooking Gammon: Boil or Roast
You may be debating whether you should boil or roast your gammon. But a traditional smoked gammon joint recipe suggests you use both methods of cooking, which helps reduce some of the saltiness of the meat and gives you an opportunity to add more of your own flavor.
What is the best way to cook smoked gammon?
To start, weigh your meat to calculate cooking times. You’ll need to cook for 20 mins per 450g, plus 20 mins. Put the meat in a large pan, cover with cold water and bring to the boil, adding any flavourings you may wish (cinnamon, bay, peppercorns, coriander seeds and onion work well).
Does smoked gammon need soaking?
First soak the gammon to remove the excess salt. Talk to your butcher about the cure they’ve used – some are stronger than others, but most will need around 12-48 hours soaking. Cover the gammon in fresh water, changing it every 12 hours.
Is it better to boil or roast gammon?
Do you need to boil a gammon before roasting? Not necessarily. However, boiling it first is much quicker and ensures the meat stays moist. But if you prefer not to boil your gammon or you don’t have a big enough pan, you can just use the oven.
Can I boil a smoked gammon joint?
Here is our step by step guide on how to cook a smoked gammon joint. Fill a large stockpot with water, and bring the water to a boil. Place the gammon joint into the pot. Cover the pot, and simmer over a low heat for 1 hour.
How long does it take to cook a smoked gammon joint?
Simply cover your gammon joint with your chosen liquid, bring it to the boil and allow to simmer. To work out how long to cook your gammon for, weigh the joint when raw and allow 20 minutes per 450g, plus an additional 20 minutes.
How do I cook a Tesco smoked gammon joint?
Instructions: 190°C/Fan 170°C/Gas 5 30 mins per 500g plus 30 mins Score surface to give crackling. Place joint in a roasting tin and wrap the exposed meat in foil ensuring the rind is left uncovered. Place onto the middle shelf of a pre-heated oven and cook for 30 minutes per 500g plus 30 minutes.
What is smoked gammon?
Gammon is a cured but uncooked ham – it becomes a ham, also known as a gammon ham, once it is cooked. After curing the gammon can be smoked, either over wood chips or using liquid smoke.
Do I have to soak gammon before cooking?
Should I soak my ham before cooking it? Some gammon and bacon are pork cuts that have been salt-cured. If this is the case it is necessary to soak the meat for a few hours before cooking to remove excess salt. However, most supermarket gammon and bacon are mildly cured so it doesn’t require soaking.
Should you soak a smoked ham before cooking?
If necessary, soak the gammon (ham) in cold water to reduce saltiness, according to butcher or packet instructions (most do not need this anymore as curing methods have changed). Weigh to calculate the cooking time. Place in a large pan, cover with cold water and bring to the boil.
What’s the difference between smoked and unsmoked gammon?
The smoked bacon is just that: smoked over a specific type of wood to give it a distinct flavor; unsmoked bacon is cooked to whatever specification the chef would like, with no flavor initiated into the meat before it is sold commercially.
How do you cook a 750g smoked gammon joint?
Wrap the joint in foil, place on a baking tray and cook for 1 hour 5 minutes. Remove the foil and cook for a further 20 minutes. Remove joint from the oven and allow to stand for 5 minutes before slicing. Place in the centre of an oven pre-heated to 200°C/400°F/Gas Mark 6 for 20 minutes.
Can you cook gammon in the oven?
Oven-baked gammon steaks are just as easy to make as their pan-fried counterparts. To create the ideal oven-roasted gammon steak, simply: Preheat the oven to 200°C, 180°C Fan, Gas Mark 6. Lightly coat the gammon steaks in oil on both sides and some black pepper.
How do you keep gammon moist?
To stop your gammon from drying out in the oven, or your glaze from burning due to the high sugar content, bring your gammon out and baste every 15-20 minutes to ensure it keeps moist and juicy!
How do you know if gammon is cooked in the oven?
Bake in the oven as per the roasting instructions and leave to cool in the water. Test that the gammon is cooked by inserting a knife and checking to see if the meat is tender. If it still has a “springy” feel cook for a further 15 minutes and test again.
What is the difference between gammon and ham?
Both of these delicious and versatile cuts are taken from the pig’s hind legs. Gammon is meat that has been cured (by being salted, brined or smoked) and sold raw, whereas Ham is meat that has been dry-cured or cooked, and is sold ready to eat. In a nutshell; when you’ve cooked your Gammon, it becomes Ham.
How do you cook a smoked back bacon joint?
Ask your butcher whether it is necessary to soak your bacon joint. Place your pre-soaked bacon joint in a large saucepan or casserole with enough water to nearly cover. Cook the joint at a simmer for about 1 hour and 20 minutes, or 20 minutes for every 450g. Preheat your oven to about 220°C/gas mark 7.
How long does it take to boil ham?
Method. Place the soaked ham in a large pan, with the onions, cloves, peppercorns and bay leaf. Cover with water, bring to the boil and skim away any impurities. Leave the ham to simmer, allowing 20 minutes per 450g(1lb).