What to Serve With Gammon?

Gammon is a delicious cut of ham that’s tender and juicy, but many people don’t know what to serve with it.

Here are what to serve with Gammon:

  • Side Dishes: Bacon, Gravy, Mashed Potatoes, Brocolli, Green Salad, Garlic Rice Pilaf, Spicy Pickles, etc.
  • Main Dishes: Gammon Steak, Egg & Chips; Honey Roast Gammon & Gravy; Apple & Mustard Glazed Ham; and many more.

This article provides you with ideas for side dishes to go along with your gammon dish!

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What is Gammon?

Gammon is the leg portion of a pig that has been cured and dried for use as food. The term “gammon” comes from the French word gaminon meaning ham. In English, we call this part of the leg of pork “ham.”

Gammon is a trendy cut of meat in England. It is usually served cold or warm, but sometimes people like to cook it.

What Meat Gammon is Made of?

The most common cuts of pork are loin, shoulder, belly, neck, shank, and thigh. These pig parts can be used for many different types of dishes. These include bacon, sausages, hams, chops, steaks, roasts, ribs, and shoulders.

The legs of pigs are called hind legs or simply “hinds.” They have three bones: the femur, tibia, and fibula. When cooked, they become tender and juicy.

What is the Difference Between a Ham and a Gammon?

Both gammon and ham are cuts from the hind legs of a pig, and are either salted, brined, or smoked.

Gammon is sold raw in supermarkets and by your local butcher. So it requires cooking before you can eat it. Whereas ham is ready to eat immediately.

Can You Eat Gammon Raw?

It’s important to know the difference between gammon and ham before you buy it.

Gammon is raw, while wet-cured or cured hams will be edible but not fully cooked (you should cook them).

Smoked bacon however needs time in order for its flavor profile to develop into something delicious!

What to Serve with Gammon?

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Gammon with Herbed Mashed Potatoes. Credit: canva

Side Dishes that Go Well with Gammon

People often ask what tasty side dishes to serve with Gammon. Especially when planning dinner parties or holiday meal

Here are some suggestions:

Bacon

Toasted or fried, Gammon tastes excellent when paired with crispy bacon.

Gravy

Gravy made with flour, butter, stock, and herbs creates a delicious sauce to go with Gammon.

Onion Rings

Onions are one of my favorite foods with lovely flavor. Try serving them with Gammon.

Green Beans

Serve green beans with Gammon for a healthy, simple dish.

Mashed Potatoes

If mashed potatoes are your thing, try serving this potato dish with a gammon!

Garlic Rice Pilaf

A pilaf is a rice dish prepared by cooking rice until all the water evaporates and the grains turn golden brown. Then add vegetables, spices, and other ingredients to taste. This recipe is perfect for pairing with Gammon.

Sweet Potato Fries

I love sweet potato fries. I would pair them with Gammon.

Cheese Sauce

You can make a tasty cheesy sauce by adding grated cheddar cheese to milk and whisking until smooth.

Parsley

Fresh parsley adds flavor to any meal. You can sprinkle fresh parsley on top of your Gammon before serving.

gammon brocolli
Gammon with Broccoli and Roasted Potatoes. Credit: canva

Broccoli and Roasted Potatoes

A simple guilt-free side dish of broccoli and roasted potatoes goes well with Gammon.

Green Salad

Add some greens to your plate and enjoy an excellent healthy side dish. You might want to add collard greens for a touch of southern flair. And don’t forget your beloved salad topping.

Spicy Pickles

Pickled vegetables such as cucumbers, carrots, onions, and peppers add spice to a meal.

Tartar Sauce

This tangy sauce goes well with almost anything.

Chutney

Indian curried sauces are always good. Try serving Gammon with chutney.

Roasted Carrots

Carrots are a perfect vegetable to roast. Roast them amazing side dishes with Gammon.

Scalloped Potatoes

Scalloped potatoes are a classic side dish. Add a little cream and garlic powder to taste.

Pasta

Pasta is another delicious side dish to Gammon.

Horseradish Cream

Horseradish cream is a traditional condiment for roast beef.

Coleslaw

Try serving coleslaw with Gammon. Or you can try to make a coleslaw-esque side dish that consists of cabbage, apples, and spices.

Green Bean Casserole

Green bean casserole is a classic American side dish.

Salad Dressing

Dressings are a great way to enhance flavors and give your taste buds pure joy. Try using a creamy dressing with your Gammon.

Mac & Cheese

Macaroni and cheese are a classic American and one of the most favorite side dishes. However, if you want to change things, try making Mac & cheese with Gammon.

Make your Mac even more special with these secret ingredients: garlic powder and white pepper. It is going to be a mouth-watering side dish.

Egg Rolls

Egg rolls are a Chinese snack. Try serving these Asian meals with a slice of Gammon. Prepare some hot sauce for extra flavor.

Rice Pudding

Rice pudding is a dessert that is traditionally eaten at Christmas time. For a special treat, serve it with a gammon.

Potato Salad

Potato salad is a classic American side that is full of flavor.

Bring a hint of summer to your table with a light, dill-y potato salad. 

Sweet Roasted Beets

These sweet roasted beets are loaded with fresh herbs and feta cheese.

Garlic Parmesan Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Brussels sprouts are a member of the cabbage family. They have been around since ancient times. But they were not popular until recently.

But now, they are becoming trendy because they are nutritious and delicious.

They also go well with Gammon. So if you like Brussel sprouts, try this recipe.

Gratin Potatoes

Gratin potatoes are a classic French gourmet dish with cheddar cheese. This creamy potato gratin is very simple to prepare.

Baked Beans

Beans are a popular side dish. Serve baked beans with Gammon.

Garlic Bread

Garlic bread is a heavenly dish and staple in the United States. So make sure you have plenty of this yummy bread with your Gammon.

Butter Glazed Rainbow Carrots

Rainbow carrots are colorful, crunchy, and delicious dishes. However, these carrots are best served warmly.

Jello Salad

A jello salad made with 7 Up, lime jello, creamy cheese, and cherries. 

Fruit Cocktail

Mix fruit cocktails into yogurt and serve with Gammon.

Sweet Apples and Honey Drizzle

Applesauce is an excellent addition to any meal. Try drizzling applesauce over your Gammon.

Ice Cream

Ice cream is a refreshing dessert. Pair it with a gammon for a fun twist.

Lemon Juice or Orange Juice

Both lemon juice and orange juice are lovely additions to food. For example, use either one in place of water when cooking meat.

Coffee

Coffee is a popular drink. Try serving coffee with Gammon.

Tea

Tea is also a popular beverage. It has many health benefits. Try drinking tea with Gammon.

Main Dishes for Pairings with Gammon

You can’t beat a good old-fashioned gammon. Ever popular pub grub and a Christmas favorite, we’ve got some classic entire meal combinations for you to try.

Gammon Steak – Ham Egg & Chips

A Sunday lunch with this traditional combination is wonderful. All you need to add are a few chips and eggs, and you’ll have a hearty supper. 

If you don’t have to make the chips, you can make oven chips by using the frozen chips from the groceries.

Cola Ham with Maple & Mustard Glaze

In a cinnamon-spiced stock, cook and brown a gammon joint in a slow cooker. Add a sticky syrup, lemon zest, and clove sauce to serve in thick slices.

Gammon Steaks with Leek & Celeriac Mash and Apple Sauce

Homemade pub food is always superior! Salty Gammon is a delicious dish enhanced with sweet apple and a punchy celeriac mash, making it 3 of your 5-a-day meals for good.

Glazed Gammon with Parsley & Cider Sauce

This glazed ham is a wonderful option for Christmas when you want to do something different.

Honey Roast Gamon & Gravy

A classic Sunday roast with honey-glazed Gammon, roasted potatoes and parsnips, carrots, green beans, and gravy.

Gammon in Spicy Tomato Sauce

Serve up a spicy tomato sauce with pan-fried gammon steaks for an easy midweek meal.

Spaghetti Carbonara with Gammon

This creamy spaghetti carbonara is the perfect dish for a winter evening. Add pan-fried gammon steaks, and you’ll have a delicious, hearty meal.

Gammon & Pineapple Fried Rice

This fried rice is a great way to use up leftovers. Add diced pineapple and ham for a tasty variation on this classic dish.

Baked Beans with Gammon

Baked beans are a great side dish for Gammon. They’re easy to make and taste delicious.

Gammon & Potato Salad

This potato salad is the perfect side dish for picnics, barbecues, and potlucks. It’s easy to make and can be made ahead of time.

Serve your Gammon with these tasty dishes, and you’ll have a great meal.

Gammon & Parsley Sauce

This classic combination is simple but delicious. Serve up some fresh parsley sauce on your Gammon for an easy meal that’s perfect for midweek dinners!

Honey and Mustard Glazed Gammon

This honey and mustard glaze is sweet, tangy, and perfect for Christmas. Pair this Gammon with roasted vegetables, potatoes, or parsnips for a simple but delicious meal.

Gammon with Cider Sauce & Fried Onions

The tangy apple flavor of this cider sauce complements the saltiness of the ham perfectly. Serve up some fried onions on top for an extra kick.

Pineapple & Chilli Glazed Gammon

This sweet and spicy glaze is the perfect way to liven up a simple ham. Pair it with some baked potatoes or pineapple slices for an easy but delicious meal that’s perfect any time of year.

Gammon & Mashed Potatoes

A quick and easy recipe for mashed potatoes with a hint of spice. This is an excellent combo for serving alongside Gammon. Or you can also make boiled floury potatoes instead of mashed potatoes.

Gammon & Bubble and Squeak

This dish is perfect for using up leftovers. Combine mashed potatoes, cabbage, and carrots to make this easy and tasty meal.

Sticky Gammon Steaks

Replace the pork chops with a gammon steak for added protein. Serve alongside a crisp apple, celery, cress, and zesty lemon salad.

Baked Glazed Ham

Serve this glazed ham with some steamed vegetables for a delicious hardy meal.

Gammon Steak, Beetroot & Potato Mash

This simple but flavorful dish is the perfect winter dinner. The beets add an earthy flavor that complements Gammon perfectly! Serve it up with mashed potatoes and crisp green beans to round out your plate.

Gammon Steak with Beetroot & Apple Salad

This fresh salad is the perfect accompaniment to gammon steak. It’s tangy, crisp, and delicious! Serve it up beside some mashed potatoes for a hearty meal that will leave you feeling satisfied.

Baked Honey Glazed Ham with Pineapple Salsa

Give your traditional honey-glazed ham a sweet and tangy twist with this pineapple salsa. It’s the perfect way to liven up your meal!

Apple & Mustard Glazed Ham

This mustard glaze is bright, tangy, and delicious. Add a bit of brown sugar, and serve it alongside roast potatoes or steamed vegetables for a simple but flavorful meal that will leave you feeling satisfied.

Gammon with Cauliflower Cheese

Cauliflower cheese is surprisingly good when served with Gammon. You don’t need much else to make this satisfying complete meal.

How to Cook Gammon?

How Can You Cook Gammon?

There are two ways to cook Gammon. You can either boil it or bake it.

Boiling is the traditional way to cook Gammon. However, baking is more modern because it cooks faster than boiling.

You can also grill your Gammon if you want to make it taste better. If you choose to grill your Gammon, remember to watch it so that it doesn’t burn.

Boil Your Gammon

If you decide to boil your Gammon, first remove any excess fat. Next, place the Gammon into a large pot.

Add enough water to cover the Gammon by at least 2 inches. Bring the water to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to medium-low and let simmer until the liquid reduces by half.

When the cooking time is complete, turn off the heat and allow the Gammon to cool in the hot liquid.

Remove the Gammon from the pot and slice it into thin slices. Serve immediately.

Grill Your Gammon

To grill your Gammon, preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Place the Gammon onto a rack set inside a shallow baking dish. Bake the Gammon for 30 minutes. Then, turn the Gammon over and bake for another 15 minutes.

Remove the Gammon from the oven and let it rest for 10 minutes before slicing it into thin slices.

Honey and Mustard Gammon Recipe

Classic Gammon with a punchy honey & mustard rub served with buttery crushed potatoes.

This classic and simple recipe is one of the easiest recipes for cooking Gammon.

Ingredients

  • 300g (10oz) new potatoes (Maris Piper)
  • 200g (7oz) fine green beans
  • 2 smoked gammon steaks
  • 2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp clear honey
  • 1 tbsp butter, softened
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped chives

Instructions

Method

  1. Preheat the grill to its highest setting.
  2. Place the potatoes in a large pan of water and bring to a boil. Simmer for 20 minutes, or until soft, then add the beans for the final 4 minutes of cooking.
  3. Meanwhile, prepare the Gammon. Snip a diamond pattern into the fat, with 2.5cm (1in) intervals around the steaks to prevent them from curling up during cooking.
  4. In a small mixing bowl, combine the mustard and honey. Brush the steaks with this mixture before grilling.
  5. Put the meat on a baking sheet. Grill for 6 minutes on each side or until done.
  6. Drain the potatoes and beans, then set them back in the pan. Using a spoon, gently smash the potatoes. Add the butter, let it melt slightly, then toss to combine.
  7. Put a gammon steak on each dinner plate and garnish it with chives. Serve with buttery vegetables (crushed potatoes and beans) in a single layer.
  8. Place them on the dinner table and serve.

FAQs

What herbs or spices go with Gammon?

You can use any herbs or spices that you like with Gammon.

Popular combinations include rosemary, thyme, sage, black pepper, onion powder, and garlic powder. You can also get creative and come up with your spice blend.

Just be sure to test it out before serving to know how the flavors will taste together.

Can you have gravy with Gammon?

Gammon is delicious on its own, but you can also have it with gravy.

Gravy goes well with Gammon if it’s a savory sauce that includes onions or garlic.

For example, try making pork gravy by mixing the juices from your roast chicken pan along with some flour and milk of choice to make a smooth sauce.

 Are ham and Gammon the same thing?

Ham and Gammon are not the same things. Gammon is a type of ham, but not all hams are Gammon.

Gammon is a cured meat smoked and then boiled or baked. Ham is also a cured meat, but it can be cooked in different ways like frying, grilling, or roasting.

 What is the difference between Gammon and pork?

The main difference between Gammon and pork is that Gammon is cured meat. This means that it has been smoked and then boiled or baked.

On the other hand, pork does not need to be cured and can be cooked in different ways like frying, grilling, or roasting.

Additionally, Gammon tends to be slightly saltier and tougher than pork because of the smoking process.