Honey glazed ham with baked apples and parsnips recipe serves six


  • 1.5kg (3lb) Tesco Northern Irish unsmoked gammon joint
  • 500ml Maddens Mellow cider
  • 1 Tesco Northern Irish carrot, chopped
  • 1 onion, halved
  • 2 fresh bay leaves
  • 2 celery sticks, chopped
  • 6 black peppercorns
  • 2 star anise
  • 1 tbsp calvados
  • 2 tbsp clear honey
  • 2 tsp English mustard powder
  • For the apples and parsnips
  • 2 large Tesco Northern Irish parsnips, quartered
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 sweet Dessert apples, cut into wedges


Put the ham in a large pan. Pour over the cider and add the carrot, onion, bay leaves, celery, peppercorns and star anise. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 1 hour. Remove and leave to cool slightly.

Meanwhile, preheat the oven to gas 6, 200°C, fan 180°C. Put the parsnips in a large roasting tin and drizzle with most of the oil; season well. Roast for 20 minutes.

Using a knife, remove the skin from the ham, leaving behind a 1cm (1/2in) layer of fat; score diamond shapes.

In a bowl, mix the calvados, honey and mustard powder to a paste, then spread most of it over the ham (reserving a little for the parsnips and apples).

Add the gammon and apples to the roasting tin. Drizzle the apples and parsnips with the remaining oil and reserved honey paste; season. Roast for 20 minutes, basting once or twice, until golden on top. Remove and leave to rest for 10 minutes before serving.


Serve with Wilson’s Country potatoes, roasted.