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Roast Ham Hock with Honey and Mustard

Crispy roast ham hock slowly baked with cider and onions, then glazed with honey & Dijon mustard is a glorious way to cook this cut of meat.

This recipe takes a long old time, soaking takes around a day and then it takes another 4 hours to cook, but it is almost all hands off and it is very easy!

Crispy roast ham hock glazed with honey and mustard served with potato wedges and cider sauce.

Glazed Ham Hock

This cider roosted crisp ham hock recipe is one that arises from a question on social media. I was asked if my pork knuckle recipe could be used to cook a cured ham hock.

Of course, I was up to the task, so I gave it a go and to be honest a like-for-like swap resulted in a fairly uninspired dish.

So here I am with a tweaked recipe that works exceptionally well with salty ham hock.

Out goes the beer and in comes good old-fashioned scrumpy, or dry cider… and because it is ham I’ve added a honey and mustard glaze. Why mess with something that works exceptionally well?

Usually, ham hocks are boiled and then roasted. Now my kitchen is packed with all sorts of things, but not a pan big enough to do that, so I developed this recipe, which soaks the ham, then roasts it.

It works wonderfully, the meat remains beautifully tender, and salty but not too salty. And that cider cooking liquid forms a wonderful sauce to serve it all with!

Overhead crispy roast ham hock glazed with honey and mustard served with potato wedges and cider sauce.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to soak the ham hock?

Yes, please do not skip this step, your dish will be incredibly salty if you do!

Can I use an uncured pork knuckle?

Yes, the flavours work ok with an uncured pork knuckle, although you will not need to soak that. However, I do have a crispy beer-roasted pork knuckle with flavours that work a little better.

What can I do with the left over ham?

This is a rare recipe of mine that will definitely produce leftovers if you cook for two as I do most of the time.

But the leftover meat makes awesome sandwiches, you could also use it in my gammon pasta recipe, in a fidget pie, a pea and ham soup, and last but certainly not least, it makes a cracking sandwich!

What cider should I use?

Any dry cider works well. Recently I’ve been using Aspall Premier Cru Dry Cyder in a lot of my cooking recipes.

A NOTE FOR US READERS!

Outside of the US cider almost always refers to booze, so use what you guys refer to as hard cider. I have no recommendations though, sorry, but you should look for something dry and not sweet!

Roast ham hock meat served with potato wedges and cider sauce.

Serving Suggestions

I’ve served my roast ham hock in these pictures with some air-fried potato wedges, salad leaves and a sauce made from the cider and onion cooking liquid.

As far as I am concerned, potatoes are an essential side for this dish, but it is incredibly versatile.

You could add everything from mashed potato or classic roast potatoes, to some indulgent fondant potatoes or even simply boiled herby potatoes.

If you want to serve this with more of a classic sauce with ham, fear not, I’ve got you with this delicious parsley sauce.

When it comes to greens, I like to serve ham with peas, garden peas are good, marrowfat peas are better but if you want the pinnacle then go for mushy peas!

Overhead roast ham hock meat served with potato wedges and cider sauce.

Equipment Used

I only name-check brands of equipment if I think that they make a material difference to a recipe. But, if you have any questions feel free to ask them in the comments section below the recipe.

  • Oven.
  • Baking tray.
  • Chopping board.
  • Kitchen knife.
  • Small mixing bowl and spoon.
  • Basting brush.
  • Blender.
  • A combination of measuring scales, measuring jug, cups and spoons.
Crispy roast honey and mustard ham hock.
Yield: 4-6 Servings

Roasted Ham Hock Recipe

Prep Time: 1 day
Cook Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 1 day 4 hours

This delicious and simple roasted ham hock recipe is slowly cooked in the oven before being glazed with honey and dijon mustard... and if you are cooking for a small family it leaves loads of leftovers which are great for sandwiches and soups!

Ingredients

  • 1.2-1.5Kg (2.5-3.3lb) Cured Ham Hock
  • 500g (2 Large) Onions
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • 500ml (2 Cups) Dry Cider
  • 250ml (1 Cup) Water
  • 60g (3 Tbsp) Honey
  • 1 Tbsp Dijon Mustard

Instructions

  1. Begin by soaking the ham hock in a large tub or pan in cold water, do this for at least 8 hours, 24 hours is better. Change the water a few times during this process. Do not skip this bit or your pork and sauce will be incredibly salty.
  2. Cut the onions in half, peel them and cut them into 10-15mm (½") half-moon shapes, then place them into a roasting pan and form them into a bed for the ham hock.
  3. Remove the meat from the soaking liquid and dry it with some kitchen paper, you don't need to be too thorough with this because it will be roasting for a long old time.
  4. Place the bay leaf on top of the onions and then add the ham hock.
  5. Pour over the cider and the water, then pop it in the oven for 3½ hours at 160°C of 320°F. Then crank up the heat to 220°C or 430°F and leave it in the oven for another 15-20 minutes. The timing of this will depend on how quickly your oven heats up, so keep an eye on the meat and pull it out if it begins to char too much.
  6. Mix the honey and mustard, then remove the meat from the oven, take out the pork transfer the stock to a blender (discarding the bay leaf), and return the meat to the pan.
  7. Brush the ham hock with the honey mix and return it to the oven for a final 10 minutes. Again keep an eye on the charring during this final cooking time.
  8. Whilst the meat is finishing, blend the onion and cooking liquid mix, it makes for a delicious sauce!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

2

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 786Total Fat: 41gSaturated Fat: 14gUnsaturated Fat: 25gCholesterol: 273mgSodium: 1231mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 2gSugar: 4gProtein: 80g

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