Totally tropical ham with glazed grapefruit and pineapple, and sweetcorn fritters

Totally tropical ham with glazed grapefruit and pineapple, and sweetcorn fritters

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Citrus
Serves
4, with leftovers
Photographer
Mowie Kay

Ah, that grapefruit/pineapple combo, so beloved by people in the UK until – when? When did we stop drinking Lilt? It is still available but has somehow slipped out of the national consciousness. I use it here, or, when possible, use Ting instead. Ting is a grapefruit-flavoured soft drink from the Caribbean which can be found in some supermarkets and Caribbean grocery stores. I love it – it’s not as sweet as a lot of soft drinks and is excellent in a shandy. The ham/fizzy drink combo isn’t unprecedented. People (including, of course, Nigella Lawson) have been cooking ham in cola for years. I like the close, dense texture it produces for the ham, and the cooking liquor is a very good base for a black bean soup.

If frying sweetcorn fritters as well as grilling fruit is a bit of a stretch, you can always use the same ingredients and make a salsa instead. Toast the sweetcorn in a pan until lightly charred, then add the rest of the vegetables and seasonings and a dash of soy sauce, oil and lime juice. This can be done in advance.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
1 smoked ham or gammon, (around 2.5–3kg)
1.5 litres ting or lilt
500ml lager or similar light beer
1 teaspoon allspice berries, lightly crushed
1 small slice scotch bonnet chilli
a few pieces mace
2 onions, quartered
a few garlic cloves
2 cloves
a few slices fresh root ginger
2 bay leaves
1 large sprig woody thyme

For the garnish

Quantity Ingredient
1 tablespoon rum
1 tablespoon runny honey
4 thick slices pineapple
4 fat slices grapefruit, taken from the middle of 2 grapefruit

Method

  1. Take advice as to whether your ham needs soaking or not. It will if particularly salty – your butcher or the meat counter at your supermarket should be able to tell you. I tend to forget about an overnight soak and instead cover the ham in cold water, bring to the boil, then immediately pour off the liquid, re-cover the ham and start again.
  2. When you are ready to start cooking proper, put the ham in a pot – you want it to be quite a snug fit – and pour over the Ting or Lilt and the beer. Bring to the boil, skim the ham until any foam turns white, then add all the rest of the aromatics.
  3. Partially cover, then leave to simmer, fairly gently, for approximately 1½ hours. By this point the ham should be tender. Strain the ham, reserving the cooking liquor, and leave to rest for 15 minutes, lightly covered with foil.
  4. Heat a large griddle pan and a frying pan. Whisk the rum with the honey and brush over the pineapple and grapefruit slices. When the griddle is too hot to hold your hand over, grill the fruit for a couple of minutes on each side until nicely caramelised with char lines.
  5. Cut the ham into thick slices. Put in the frying pan in a single layer and ladle over some of the stock. Simmer for a couple of minutes just to warm through and soften.
  6. Serve with the pineapple, grapefruit and sweetcorn fritters.

Sweetcorn fritters

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
3 eggs
1 tablespoon light soy sauce
300g sweetcorn
4 spring onions, very finely chopped
1 red chilli, finely chopped
2 tablespoons finely chopped coriander
1 lime, Finely grated zest
75g plain flour, plus 1 tablespoon
oil, for frying
sea salt
freshly ground black pepper

Method

  1. In a bowl, beat the eggs with the soy sauce, then mix in the sweetcorn, spring onions, chilli, coriande and lime zest. Season with salt and pepper. Sift in the flour and mix into a smooth batter. Heat a frying pan and cover the base with oil, then add dollops of the sweetcorn batter, well spaced out – you should manage to cook 5 at a time. Flatten down slightly, fry for a couple of minutes until well browned, then flip and cook for a further minute.
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