Is it better to boil gammon or roast it? Several years ago, we did an unscientific experiment with a large gammon cut into smaller ones cooked different ways. The conclusion was to boil then roast to finish. This makes a great presentation, fat studded with cloves and a brown sugar and mustard glaze but not so good for the next day. Pressure cooking in apple juice produces a sweet and moist gammon with a mahogany finish that can be used in many recipes. I have to apologize to my American readers because Gammon is a product that is only readily available in the United Kingdom and Ireland. It is the hind leg of a pig where the ham is also sourced but uncooked and brined so slightly salty. The recipes that follow using gammon as a leftover can easily be substituted for cooked ham. NOTE: Prepare the gammon the night before.
Here are the amazing recipes from Leftovers By Design that use this lovely ham…
- Crustless Ham and Broccoli Quiche
Crust – who likes that stuff anyway. Use mushrooms with flavour like chestnut.
- Ham Pizza with Chickpea Flour Crust
Finally, a thin and crispy crust that will hold a good quantity of topping and can be eaten in your hand like pizza should be, but not made with wheat flour. This recipe uses onions, mushrooms and ham which is a personal favourite.
- Ham, Pea and Pearl Barley Risotto
Pearl barley is not just a substitute for rice but a healthy replacement. The main drawback is the cooking time which is much longer for pearl barley unless you use a pressure cooker or Instant Pot. To replace the starch you normally get from the rice this recipe uses a pea puree which adds a lovely sweetness.
- Ham and Egg Fried Rice
This is the first recipe I ever made in a microwave oven over 30 years ago. This version has been adapted for the stove, but it is a delicious quick and filling meal using store cupboard and leftovers. The rice I use is made from konjac flour, but this recipe also works with a cooked packet of microwave rice.
- Cassoulet sans canard
Quick cassoulet without the duck, unless you have some confit duck legs then chuck them in. The roasted garlic really makes this taste fantastic. The recipe takes about an hour to make but compared to 4-6 hours for authentic cassoulet this is quick.
- Ham Broccoli Cauliflower and Cheese Crepes
By steaming the vegetables first the crepes do not get overcooked in the oven but are crisp and covered with melted cheese. The wholegrain mustard gives the crepes a nice kick but is not as sharp as yellow mustard. If you can get Cojack cheese then use that instead.