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Jamie Oliver’s Jerk Ham, Rubbed with Spices and Glazed with Rum-Spiked Marmalade

Add a spiced twist to your baked Christmas ham with Jamie Oliver's recipe from his Christmas cookbook, featuring a flavour-packed jerk seasoning and a marmalade glaze.

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These days, if I’m going to do a baked ham, it’s got to be this recipe. The contrast of gorgeous juicy ham with the outer crust of incredible jerk flavours and the sweet rummy marmalade glaze that finishes it off is just brilliant. Heaven.

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1 x 4kg piece of middle-cut gammon, with knuckle
1 tbsp black peppercorns
1 bouquet garni
1 onion
For the jerk seasoning:
3 cloves of garlic
3 red shallots
3 fresh Scotch bonnet chillies
½ a bunch (15g) fresh thyme
3 fresh bay leaves
½ a bunch (15g) fresh chives
1 tbsp runny honey
1 tbsp each ground allspice, ground nutmeg, ground cloves
100ml golden rum
100ml malt vinegar
For the glaze:
1 orange
150ml golden rum
3 tbsp quality bitter orange marmalade


Get your meat out of the fridge and up to room temperature before you cook it. Preheat the oven to 160°C/325ºF/gas 3. Place the gammon in a deep roasting tray with the peppercorns and bouquet garni. Peel the onion, cut into wedges and add to the tray. Pour in enough water to come halfway up the side of the tray, then cover it with tin foil. Bake for 1 hour 30 minutes, then remove from the oven and leave for 30 minutes, keeping it covered. Now, while it’s still warm, carefully remove the skin, keeping the fat attached to the ham. With a Stanley knife, score the ham by making lots of diagonal cuts across the leg.

Turn the oven up to 180º/350ºF/gas 4. To make the jerk seasoning, peel the garlic and shallots, deseed the chillies, and place them all in a food processor. Strip in the thyme leaves, tear the bay leaves off the stalks, and add the leaves to the processor with all the other jerk ingredients and 1 tablespoon of sea salt. Blitz it up until smooth, then brush or rub (wearing gloves!) it all over the ham and scored fat. Bake the ham for 1 hour.

For the glaze, squeeze the orange juice into a bowl and mix with the rum and marmalade. Remove the ham from the oven, pour over the glaze, then roast for another 30 to 40 minutes, basting with a brush every 10 minutes, or until cooked through, sticky and golden. Remove the ham to a board, ready to slice hot, cold or at room temperature. Pour all the spicy fat into a jar, cool, and place in the fridge for tasty cooking another day.

CALORIES 311kcal FAT 15.4g SAT FAT 5.1g PROTEIN 35.6g CARBS 5g SUGARS 4.2g SALT 5.5g FIBRE 0.5g


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From the book: Jamie Oliver’s Christmas Cookbook

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