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Festive Gammon with Grapefruit Glaze and Cranberry & Grapefruit Sauce

Glazed gammon joint with grapefruit on a black slate with a blue bowl of cranberry and grapefruit sauce and half a grapefruit next to it.
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A wonderful winter gammon dish, perfect for Boxing Day or New Year’s Day! Festive Gammon with Grapefruit Glaze has all 5 main flavours: salty, umami gammon, sour and bitter grapefruit and sweet honey, make this an irresistible centrepiece for your celebratory dinner table! We serve it with a Cranberry and Grapefruit Sauce, using up any leftover Christmas cranberries. And if you have any ham left, it is great in sandwiches!

We don’t have gammon very often here, at Somebody Feed Seb, but every time we do Seb claims that it is his favourite meat. Grapefruit, on the other hand, is my second favourite fruit in the world (only losing to watermelon). So this gammon dish is a real treat for both of us.

This grapefruit glazed ham recipe is a relatively sweet dish with just a touch of spice. The secret ingredient is the Chinese Five Spice which adds a little extra aroma to the gammon. The best part is that this recipe only takes a few minutes of hands-on time to have an impressive centrepiece!

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Feeding a Crowd?

The recipe here feeds 4-5 people, but if you are cooking for more, don’t worry. You can double the recipe easily, and the only thing you need to adjust in terms of the method is the time that you boil the gammon joint. The general rule is to place the gammon in cold water, bring it to boil and then simmer it for approx. 20 minutes per 500g before glazing and roasting. Following this rule, you can easily make the recipe to feed a crowd!

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How to Make Gammon with Grapefruit Glaze?

Place the gammon joint in a large pan and cover it with water. Add the peppercorns and bay leaf. Bring to the boil, cover partially with a lid and simmer gently for 1 hour.

To make the relish, place all the ingredients into a pan and heat on medium until thickened, about 15 minutes. Remove the rosemary sprig before serving.

 the relish, place all the ingredients into a pan and heat on medium until thickened, about 15 minutes. Remove the rosemary sprig before serving.

Preheat the oven to 200°C Fan. Score ham in a criss-cross pattern and place in roasting pan.

In a small bowl, combine the grapefruit juice, wine, Chinese five-spice and honey. Pour mixture over the ham and place it in the oven for 25-30 minutes.

Remove the ham from the oven and transfer it to a platter. Pour all the juices from the roasting pan into a saucepan. and set over low heat. Mix the cornflour and water and stir into the pan juices. Stir until the sauce thickens and just starts to boil. Pour the glaze over the ham. And leave to rest for 10 minutes before carving.


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Glazed gammon joint with grapefruit on a black slate with a blue bowl of cranberry and grapefruit sauce and half a grapefruit next to it.

Grapefruit Glazed Gammon Joint For Christmas

A wonderful winter gammon dish, perfect for Boxing Day or New Year's Day! Festive Gammon with Grapefruit Glaze has all 5 main flavours: salty, umami gammon, sour and bitter grapefruit and sweet honey, make this an irresistible centrepiece for your celebratory dinner table! We serve it with a Cranberry and Grapefruit Sauce, using up any leftover Christmas cranberries. And if you have any ham left, it is great in sandwiches!
5 from 7 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 30 mins
Total Time 1 hr 40 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine British, Christmas
Servings 4 -5 portions
Calories 639 kcal

Ingredients
 
 

  • 1.3 kg unsmoked gammon joint
  • 1/2 tsp black peppercorns
  • 1 bay leaf

For the Glaze:

  • 1 grapefruit juiced (about 150ml)
  • 125 ml white wine
  • 40 g clear honey
  • 1 heaped tsp Chinese five spice
  • 1/2 tbsp cornflour
  • 50 ml water

For the Cranberry-Grapefruit Relish:

  • 120 g frozen cranberries
  • 120 ml grapefruit juice freshly squeezed
  • 80 g brown sugar
  • 2 sprigs of rosemary
  • a strip of grapefruit zest optional

Instructions
 

  • Place the gammon joint in a large pan and cover with water. Add the peppercorns and bay leaf. Bring to the boil, cover partially with a lid and simmer gently for 1 hour.
  • To make the relish, place all the ingredinets into a pan and heat on medium until thickened, about 15 minutes. Remove the rosemary sprig before serving.
  • Preheat the oven to 200°C Fan. Score ham in a criss cross pattern and place in roasting pan.
  • In a small bowl, combine the grapefruit juice, wine, chinese five spice and honey. Pour mixture over the ham and place it in the oven for 25-30 minutes.
  • Remove the ham from the oven and transfer it to a platter. Pour all the juices from the roasting pan into a saucepan. and set over low heat. Mix the cornflour and water and stir into the pan juices. Stir until the sauce thickens and just starts to boil. Pour the glaze over the ham. And leave to rest for 10 minutes before carving.

Nutrition

Calories: 639kcalCarbohydrates: 58gProtein: 72gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 202mgSodium: 258mgPotassium: 1385mgFiber: 1gSugar: 51gVitamin A: 776IUVitamin C: 42mgCalcium: 86mgIron: 3mg
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11 Replies to “Festive Gammon with Grapefruit Glaze and Cranberry & Grapefruit Sauce”

  1. 5 stars
    That glaze looks fantastic. Pinned to try this for the holidays. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Thanks, Kushigalu! Hope you like it as much as we do 🙂

  2. 5 stars
    Thank you for an amazing holiday ham recipe. I often make orange cranberry sauce, but grapefruit cranberry sauce is just as delicious.

    1. Thank you for giving it a go! So glad you liked the sauce 🙂

  3. 5 stars
    Saving this recipe for the next weekend for sure. Love how easy it is to follow your recipe instructions making this gammon.

    1. Thanks, Mahy. As always, please let me know what you thought about it 🙂

  4. 5 stars
    My sister in law cooks gammon very often and is always looking for new ways to jazz it up!. As far as I’m aware she hasn’t made a grapefruit and cranberry duo glaze. I might be nice and surprise her with your award winning recipe for the holidays. Thank you!

    1. Thanks, Charla! Hope both you and your sister like it! 💗

  5. 5 stars
    So juicy so delicious! Love how amazing this recipe looks. I bet tastes even better!

    1. It definitely tastes gooood! Making it again over this Christmas! 🙂

  6. 5 stars
    This looks so elegant and love the use of grapefruit! Can’t wait to try this out thanks for the recipe!

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