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Farmhouse Gammon

Farmhouse Gammon   

 Prep.Time: 10 mins
 Cook.Time: 45-60 min
 Difficulty: Easy
 Serves: 6


 Large Saucepan with lid
 Garlic crusher
 Sharp Knife
 Chopping Board
 Wooden Spoon


 2 Unsmoked
    Gammon Steaks
 2 Cooking Onions
 2 Carrots
 1-2 Leeks
 1 Parsnip
 1 Large Potato
 2 Cloves Garlic
 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
 3 Pork Stock Cubes
 2 Tbsp Pearl Barley
 2 ltr/3½ pts Hot Water
 1 Bay Leaf
 1 tsp Italian Seasoning
 ½ tsp Thyme
 1 tsp Garam Masala
 1 tsp Paprika
 Black Pepper


Peel and finely chop the onions.
Fry the onions gently over a low heat with a lid on.
Put the pearl barley in a cup and half fill with boling water to soften them.
Peel and crush the garlic.
Add the garlic to the onions and sauté for a few minutes.
Remove any rinds and fat fron the gammon steaks and cut into 1cm / ½" pieces then add to the pan.
Turn heat up slightly and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occassionally.
Crumble stock cubes into hot water and stir to dissolve.
Pour over gammon, add the cup of softened pearl barley and stir well.
Dice root vegetables into 1cm / ½" cubes and add to saucepan.
Wash and slice leeks and add to pan.
Add bay leaf, thyme, Italian seasoning, garam masala, paprika, black pepper.
Simmer gently for 30-45 minutes until the vegetables are soft.
Serve in warmed bowls with crusty bread or homemade garlic bread.

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