Spiced Gammon with Citrus Cavolo Nero Sauce

Festive gammon

Anyone can tackle this simple recipe from Discover Great Veg, and the results look spectacular! Make it the centrepiece of your festive table!

Preparation time: 20min
Cooking time: 2hr
Serves: 6


  • 1.25kg unsmoked gammon joint
  • 2tbsp honey
  • 1tsp mixed spice
  • 1tsp wholegrain mustard
  • 1tbsp oil
  • 200g pack shredded cavolo nero
  • 2tsp cornflour
  • 200ml chicken stock
  • Zest and juice of 1 orange
  • Zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • 100g cranberry sauce

To make:

  1. Place the gammon in a large saucepan and cover with cold water. Bring to the boil, cover and simmer for 1hr 45min, topping up with boiling water as required.
  2. Preheat the oven to 200°C, Fan Oven 180°C, Gas Mark 6.
  3. Drain the gammon and place in a roasting tin, cut off the skin but keep a layer of fat and score the fat in a diamond design. Mix the honey, mixed spice and mustard together and brush over the whole joint. Bake for 15-20 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large frying pan and fry the cavolo nero for 3min. Blend the cornflour with the stock, zest and juices of the orange and lemon. Stir into the pan with the cranberry sauce and bring to the boil, stirring until thickened, simmer for 1-2min until just tender.
  5. Serve the cavolo nero sauce with the gammon and new potatoes.

Cooks tip: The cavolo nero sauce is perfect to serve with leftover roast turkey and sausages, or use with other cold meats for a quick supper dish.

Allison Hay

I joined the My Weekly team ten years ago, and I love the variety of topics we cover both online and in the magazine. I manage the digital content for the brand, sharing features and information on the website, social media and in our digital newsletters. I also work for Your Best Ever Christmas - perfect as it's my favourite time of year!