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Gammon steaks with apple stuffing

1 1/2 hours 
Gammon steaks

Serves 4 

175 g /  6 oz fresh white breadcrumbs 
100 g /  4 oz seedless raisins
50 g / 2 oz peanuts, coarsely chopped 
30 ml / 2 tbs golden syrup 
5 ml / 2 tsp dry mustard 
90 ml / 6 tbs melted butter 
4 dessert apples 
2 slices gammon, 10 mm / 1/2 in thick weighing 225 g / 8 oz each 
freshly ground black pepper 
4-6 cloves 
juice of 1/2 lemon 
30 ml / 2 tbs caster sugar 

1- Heat the oven to 180 C / 350 F / gas 4. In a bowl combine the fresh breadcrumbs, raisins, coarsely chopped peanuts, golden syrup and dry mustard with 30 ml / 2 tbs of the melted butter and mix well. 

2- Core and cop 1 apple coarsely and add to the breadcrumbs mixture. 

3- With a sharp knife, slit the fat around the gammon steaks at 25 mm / 1 in intervals to prevent them from curling during cooking. Season the steaks on both sides with freshly ground black pepper to taste. 

4- Grease a shallow baking dish large enough to take 1 gammon steak, with 15 ml / 1 tbs of the melted butter. Place 1 gammon steak in the prepared dish and pile the stuffing on top, pressing down very gently with the palm of your hand. Place the second gammon steak on top of the stuffing, and carefully stick the cloves into the fat around the gammon steaks. 

5- Pour 15 ml / 1 tbs melted butter over the stuffed gammon and bake in the oven for 1 hour or until the gammon is cooked. Baste frequently during cooking with the juices in the baking dish. 

6- Meanwhile, core the remaining apples and cut into 5 mm / 1/4 in rings, Soak the apple rings in water acidulated with the lemon juice, to prevent discoloration. 

7- Lay the prepared apple rings on absorbent paper to drain. Sprinkle the rings with caste sugar on both sides. Heat the remaining melted butter in a large frying-pan,and fry the apple rings for 1-2 minutes on each side until they are slightly golden. 

8- Transfer the gammon on to a heated platter and garnish with the apple rings, Serve immediately. 

photo credit goes to = www.goodtoknow.co.uk


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