Brian Turner's smoked gammon with thyme, garlic & chilli chickpea salsa

‘Everyone needs to have a bit of ham in the fridge to pick at over the Christmas period and for a naughty supper, toss some warmed leftover roast potatoes in butter, and add a slice of cold ham. This cannot be beaten!’
Brian Turner

  • Preparation time: 20 minutes
  • Cooking time: 2 hours 15 mins, plus cooling
  • Total time: 2 hours 35 mins, plus cooling

Serves: 6 - 8

Ingredients

1 Waitrose Smoked Boneless Gammon (approx 2kg)
1 garlic bulb
1 tbsp English mustard
2 sprigs of fresh thyme
2 tbsp chopped parsley
1 tbsp chopped fresh thyme

For the chickpea dressing:

6 tbsp rapeseed oil
1 shallot, finely chopped
1 clove garlic, crushed
6 tomatoes, seeded and diced
Pinch dried chilli flakes
Pinch sugar
1 tbsp white wine vinegar
400g can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1 tbsp Dijon mustard
1 tbsp chopped parsley

Method

1. Place the gammon in a large casserole and cover with cold water, calculate the cooking time according to pack instructions. Cut the garlic bulb in half horizontally and add to the pot with the thyme. Bring gently to the boil and simmer for the calculated cooking time, about 2 hours until cooked through. To check if the gammon is cooked, push a skewer into the centre of the joint – it should give way and feel firm but not rubbery. Then press the skewer to the back of your hand, it should feel hot. If not, continue to simmer for another 15 minutes, then try again. Leave to cool in the cooking liquor.

2. When cold enough to handle remove the gammon from the pan and carefully cut off the rind (if using a rind-on gammon joint). Brush the surface with the mustard then roll in the chopped herbs. Wrap in clingfilm and chill until ready to serve.

3. Meanwhile, for the chick pea salsa, heat 1 tbsp of the rapeseed oil in a large saucepan and gently cook the shallot and garlic until softened but not coloured. Stir in the tomatoes and chilli flakes and continue to cook until pulpy and thickened. Add a pinch of sugar, the white wine vinegar and the chickpeas and bring to the boil. Then remove from the heat and set aside to cool.

4. Place the mustard in a bowl and whisk in the remaining 5 tbsp of rapeseed oil. Stir into the chick pea mixture along with the chopped parsley and season to taste. Thinly slice the gammon and with serve with dressing.