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JILL BAKES | Easy slow cooker ham

We have another delicious recipe for you today from the fabulous Portglenone talent, Jill Stewart - easy slow cooker ham!

We all love a slice (or three) of ham on our plates to perfectly compliment the roast turkey on Christmas Day.

Jill said: “In my opinion this is the easiest way to cook ham, making it perfect for Christmas!”


• 1 large gammon roast

• 150ml boiling water

• 2 eating apples, cut into large chunks

• 2 tbsp honey

• 2 tbsp Demerara sugar


1. Soak the raw gammon in cold water in the fridge overnight. I use the slow cooker insert or you could use a large saucepan. This helps to get rid of some of the excess saltiness.

2. In the morning, pour out the water and rinse the gammon. Put the gammon back into the slow cooker along with 150ml boiling water and the chopped apples.

3. Cook on low for 6-7 hours.

4. After this time, remove the gammon from the slow cooker and place onto a chopping board. Cut the net off and if there is a layer of fat, cut this off too. You can enjoy it as it is but the next step makes it even more delicious!

5. Transfer the gammon to a baking tray. Drizzle the honey evenly over the gammon and sprinkle over the sugar.

6. Roast in the oven for 25-35 minutes at 180-200° or until it is golden and crispy on the top.

7. Allow to rest for 10 minutes and then slice. It's easier with an electric knife.



Jill Stewart, from Portglenone, is both a Foodie and a Dietician, who brings her passions together to create a unique balance of both healthy dishes and sweet treats on her Instagram social media blog, Jill Bakes.

Jill is passionate about creating and sharing recipes on her Instagram platform (@jillbakes_) which are easy to follow, quick to make and not using hundreds of ingredients! And with almost 6,000 followers, a lot of people are enjoying Jill’s food journey.

As a Registered Dietitian, Jill is passionate about inspiring people to enjoy eating healthily, by showing that eating well doesn’t have to boring.

Proving that Dietitians aren’t the ‘food police’, Jill is a believer in moderation and that all foods can be enjoyed as part of a healthy balanced diet.

The County Antrim lady has been a keen baker from a very young age, learning many skills from her late Grandma who was a fantastic baker.

Jill is a regular recipe contributor for Ireland’s Homes Interiors and Living magazine.

Head over INSTAGRAM to discover JILL BAKES - it is a fantastic blog where you'll discover enough inspiration to keep you baking and cooking for months!


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