Naartjie-glazed gammon with blueberries and star anise

Naartjie-glazed gammon with blueberries and star anise

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  • 10
  • Easy
  • Dairy free
  • 20 minutes
  • 2 ½ hours
  • Woolworths Saronsberg SGM 2015


  • 1 onion, quartered
  • 2 carrots, roughly chopped
  • 2 celery sticks, roughly chopped
  • 4 bay leaves
  • 4 cloves
  • 8 peppercorns
  • 4 kg *Woolworths ready-to-cook traditional beechwood-smoked bone-in gammon
  • For the glaze:
  • 6 naartjies, peeled and sliced
  • Honey or maple syrup, for drizzling
  • 300 g blueberries
  • 3 T sugar
  • Lemon juice, a squeeze

Cooking Instructions

Bring a large saucepan of water to a simmer and add the onion, carrots, celery, bay leaves, cloves and peppercorns. Add the gammon and cook for 2 hours. Remove and set aside.

Carefully remove the top layer of skin from the gammon, taking care not to cut into the fat underneath. Score the fat in a diamond pattern.

Layer the naartjies over a scored gammon. Drizzle with the honey or maple syrup and grill until slightly charred and sticky. Place the blueberries and sugar in a pan and heat until they burst and ooze. Add a squeeze of lemon juice and serve with the gammon.

Cook's note: Go all-out with the gammon! Christmas just wouldn’t be the same without sweet-and-salty gammon (the key to Family Day leftovers, too!).

Discover more festive gammon recipes here.

*Available at selected stores for a limited period only.

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    James Carson
    September 21, 2020

    In your gammon recipe – Naartjie-glazed gammon with blueberries and star anise – there is no mention of star anise, except in the tittle.

    Can you advise, please?