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gammon with grapefruit

Festive Gammon with Grapefruit Glaze and Cranberry & Grapefruit Sauce

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 1 vote
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


  • 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 runny 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
  • 90 g brown sugar
  • 2 sprigs of rosemary
  • k strip of grapefruit zest optional


  • 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 to a platter. Pour all the juices from the roasting pan into a saucepan. and set over low heat. Mix the 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.


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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