Easter is a time to get together with family and friends to celebrate all that is fresh and in season at spring (and of course chocolate, we cant forget the chocolate).

A marmalade glazed ham is the ultimate crowd pleasing dish to choose at Easter time. With this recipe, the prep is minimal but the results are fantastic. You will end up with a tangy, succulent ham that will add the wow-factor to your dinner table.

Marmalade Glazed Ham

  • 3kg gammon
  • 2 tbsp ground black pepper
  • 2 tbsp salt
  • 2 medium onions, peeled and halved
  • 4 cloves
  • 2 oranges
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 3 heaped tbsp of marmalade

Place the gammon in a large pot and cover with water. Stud the onion halves with the cloves and add these to the pot. Squeeze in the juice of the 2 oranges, add 1 tbsp of pepper, the salt and the bay leaves. Cover with a lid and bring to the boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer and cook gently for 1 and a half hours.

Preheat the oven to 180°C.

Remove the gammon from the pot and trim the fat leaving about 1cm on the top. Score the remaining fat in a criss-cross pattern and season with 1 tbsp of ground pepper. Place the meat in the oven and roast for 20 to 30 minutes until the fat becomes crisp.

Remove the meat from the oven and spoon the marmalade evenly over the gammon. Roast the gammon in the oven for 1 hour, basting frequently with the pan juices, until crisp and golden.

Allow to stand for 8 to 10 minutes before carving thick slices.

This ham will serve 6 to 8 people for a roast dinner. Pair with Potato and Leek Gratin and a Medley of Spring Vegetables for the perfect Easter Sunday roast dinner.

Alternatively it can be eaten cold in salads or sandwiches. Try this Ham and Brie Sandwich.

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