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Bored of Lunch’s Slow Cooker Honey and Mustard Ham in Cider

Glazed with honey and mustard and slow-cooked on a bed of fragrant oranges and cider, this impressive ham recipe from Bored of Lunch is an easy way to feed a crowd with ease this Christmas season.

From the book

Nathan Anthony


A ham is not just for Christmas – I make this all year round and the slow-cooker method takes the stress out of it. Soak the ham overnight in cold water to take the salt out before cooking. I’ll let you into a little secret – I always buy an extra- large ham so there are plenty of succulent leftovers to keep me in sandwiches for days afterwards.

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2 large oranges, slices
1.5kg boneless gammon joint
20-25 cloves
1 cinnamon stick
1 star anise
1 bay leaf
500ml cider
6 tbsp honey
1 tbsp mustard

Essential kit

You will need: a slow cooker.


326 calories per serving.

Place half the orange slices in the bottom of the slow cooker and place the ham on top. Add the cloves, cinnamon, star anise, bay leaf and cider and cook on high for 4–5 hours or low for 7–8 hours. Allow to cool. You can also stud the ham with cloves for extra flavour, if you like.

Place the remaining orange slices in an ovenproof dish and place the ham on top. Trim the skin and/or fat off the ham until just a thin layer of fat remains, then score it in a criss- cross pattern. Brush the ham with the honey and mustard, then cook in an oven preheated to 190C for 25–30 minutes, basting every 10 minutes.

A ham this size is a tight squeeze in a 3.5-litre slow cooker, so you might need a larger slow cooker for this dish.


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From the book: Bored of Lunch: The Healthy Slow Cooker Book

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