Gammon steaks with creamy parsley sauce and root veg mash

  • Serves 4
  • Takes 25 minutes to make, 25 minutes to cook
  • Easy
This gammon recipe is a cheap eat, but it needn't be boring thanks to the creamy parsley sauce and autumnal root veg mash.

Nutritional info per serving

  • Calories615kcals
  • Fat35.1g (15.1g saturated)
  • Protein40.6g
  • Carbohydrates35.8g (10.3g sugars)
  • Salt4.6g

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  • 400ml whole milk
  • 6 fresh flatleaf parsley stalks, plus
  • 1 handful leaves, roughly chopped
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 4 black peppercorns
  • 1 large shallot, halved
  • 1 small swede, cut into chunks
  • 500g floury potatoes, cut into chunks
  • 2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 40g mature Cheddar, finely grated
  • 30g butter, plus a knob for frying
  • 20g plain flour
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 gammon steaks, rind snipped


  1. In a small pan, bring 350ml of the milk, with the parsley stalks, bay leaf, peppercorns and shallot, just to the boil. Set aside for 15 minutes to infuse, then discard the solids.
  2. Meanwhile, put the swede in a pan of cold salted water. Bring to the boil and cook for 5 minutes, then add the potato and cook for a further 15 minutes, until tender. Drain.
  3. Mash the root vegetables with a masher. Warm the remaining milk and half the mustard in a pan on the hob, then fold into the mash with the cheese. Season and keep warm.
  4. To finish the sauce, melt the butter in a small pan, add the flour and cook for 1 minute. Off the heat, slowly stir in the infused milk and remaining mustard until smooth. Return to the heat for 3-4 minutes, stirring, until thick. Add the parsley leaves. Season.
  5. Heat the oil and a knob of butter in a frying pan over a medium-high heat. Cook the gammon for 3 minutes each side. Serve with the mash and sauce.

From February 2010

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