Ham cooked in Cider


Cook the ham for 45 minutes per kg and 30 minutes over depending on size.


750g smoked ham

6 allspice berries

4 cloves

500ml cider


Place everything in a heavy based pot and bring to the boil. Lower the heat and simmer for an hour. Once cooked leave the ham to cool in the cider before removing and carving.


The following ingredients complete the perfect Ploughmans Platter:


Sliced Home cooked ham (see recipe above)

Tomato chutney


Irish Farmhouse cheese, such as Hegarty’s

Pickles – gherkins, cornichons & pickled onions

Bread – sourdough, thickly sliced

Salad leaves, lightly dressed with olive oil and lemon juice

Cherry tomatoes

Seedless grapes


Quick & Easy Tomato Chutney

Makes 400ml


1 red onion, finely diced

1 tbsp olive oil

1 clove garlic, sliced

500g tomatoes, roughly chopped

50g sultanas

110g sugar

125ml red wine vinegar

Sea Salt & Black pepper


Place the onion and oil into a medium pan and sauté over a low heat for five minutes or until softened. Add the garlic and cook for a further minute before adding the tomatoes, sugar, vinegar and sultanas. Season generously with salt and pepper. Stir to combine and increase the heat. Once the mix comes to the boil, lower the heat and simmer for fifteen minutes until the mixture thickens. Taste for seasoning before potting into bowls or jars.