Slow cooked pulled gammon. Who said gammon was just for Christmas or after Christmas? I do think that there is a perception that certain foods should be eaten at certain times of the year and they should never meet in the middle. My honest option is if gammon is available in June, then why shouldn’t I eat it? Or if it is cheaper just after Christmas because all the supermarkets haven’t sold as many as they would like, then why shouldn’t I buy it and store it in the freezer to have at a later time? Not me.
This slow cooked pulled gammon came about because, I was baking a cake and didn’t want to use the oven to cook the gammon, so thought, why not use the slow cooker, it is there after all, and needs to be used. So thus, slow cooked pulled gammon. The pulling came about because when I took it out the slow cooker it just started to fall apart.
Slow cooking is also not just a winter thing, it can be really great for summer as it means that there is no need to put a hot oven and sweat in the kitchen over a hot stove, you just simply put the slow cooker on and forget about it, yes, I can hear you thinking, but he used the oven to cook the chips, ah, but you could serve this with a salad instead.
The best way to make this slow cooked pulled gammon is to treat it as you would a normal piece of gammon when preparing it, if you want to use cloves to stick into it, then instead of putting them into the gammon as you would normally, just scatter them over the gammon and all around, likewise the pineapple, instead of sticking them in, just place them around in the cider.
I find this is best served with eggs and chips, but will be just as nice to have a salad with. As there were only two of us, we found that we had lots of slow cooked pulled gammon left over, so we used it in a pie, used it on pizza and for breakfast in an omelette. You can use it on sandwiches or in a quiche. The possibilities are endless, so don’t be afraid to buy a larger piece of gammon as you will get a lot more use out of it.
Slow cooked pulled gammon
This is so easy to make that you simply put the gammon and spices into the cider in the slow cooker and forget about it for 8 hours. Feel free to use a different flavour of cider to what I used as they all work well. Please note that I have put 8 servings in as I have got a lot of different meals out of it, so please be aware that there is enough to go around.
For the Gammon
- 1 2kg smoked gammon joint
- 1 bottle fruit cider I used Bulmers Indian Summer
- 1 tsp whole cloves
- 4 slices fresh pineapple about 200g (you can use a tin, but drain the juice first)
- 1 Onion thickly sliced
- 1 tbsp ground pepper corns
- 4 large potatoes thickly sliced
- 1 tbsp Olive oil
- Put the gammon joint in the slow cooker, add the cloves, pepper, pineapple pieces, and onion, then pour over the cider.
- Set the slow cooker to low and set the timer for 8 hours and then cover and go and do other things.
- After 8 hours, check the gammon, it will be ready if it pulls apart and is nice and soft, then it is ready, so remove from the slow cooker and cover to rest, if not, then put it on for another 1 hour by which time it will be ready.
- In the meantime, make your chips, to do this, preheat your oven to 200 Degrees C, steam the chips in a steamer for 12 minutes, then drain and pat dry, coat with salt and pepper and olive oil and put in the oven for 30 minutes, after which time, check them and turn them over to brown the other side.
- Return to the oven and cook for a further 20 - 30 minutes.
- if you are having eggs, fry them once the chips are done.
- To pull the gammon, place on a serving platter and taking two forks gently pull it apart, it should just fall apart in strands, like it is pictured.
- Please do not eat the pineapple or onion or use the juice from the cooking of the gammon as this will be very salty.
- To serve, simply place some chips on a plate, add some gammon and fresh pineapple if you wish, and place the eggs on top, and ENJOY.
So there you have it, my slow cooked pulled gammon. I hope you enjoy it and remember, a gammon is not just for Christmas.
As this is slow cooked, I am entering it into Farmersgirl Kitchen Slow Cooked Challenge for June and July. Do pop over to say hi and have a look at all the wonderful recipes which Janice has on her site.