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Ken Harker
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 4 hrs
Course Main Course
Cuisine Irish
Servings 8
Calories 1194 kcal


  • 2 Medium Ham Hok
  • 2 medium red onions
  • 1 Small onion
  • 150 mls white wine vinegar
  • 1 medium carrot
  • 2 tbsp caster sugar
  • 2 sticks of celery
  • 100 ml water
  • 5 Garlic cloves
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Sprig of thyme
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 12 Pepper corns
  • Lge bunch of parsley
  • 12 mustard seeds
  • 2 star anise
  • 1 tbsp wholegrain mustard
  • 500 g bread crumbs
  • 10 small gherkins
  • 3 eggs
  • 50 ml milk
  • Small bunch of chives
  • seasoned flour
  • Lge bunch parsley
  • 200 g mayo
  • ½ lemon


  • Place ham hock in large pot with chopped carrot, onion, celery, garlic and add cold water until just covered.
  • Add thyme, pepper corns, mustard seeds, and star anise.
  • Bring to the boil and simmer for 3-4 hours until very tender.
  • Carefully remove ham hocks and vegetables from the liquid but hold onto the liquid
  • Take 250mls of the stock and reduce by half, this will act like a jelly to set the ham and also season the dish.
  • Pick the meat from the bone and cup up cooked onion, carrot and celery into smaller dice and add to picked meat.
  • When the stock is reduced stir in the mustard chopped gherkins and chives.
  • Pour this over the meat and vegetables and make sure it is well mixed in.
  • Line a square tin with clink film and pack meat into this and press down well – it is easier if you have another tray the same size to use as a press.
  • Allow this to set, ideally overnight.
  • Once set, cut into squares and dust with seasoned flour then dip into egg wash then into the breadcrumbs.
  • Deep or shallow fry in hot oil (185 degrees) for 3-4 minutes until golden brown and hot in the centre.
  • To make pickle: heat water, vinegar, sugar, bay leaf and salt in a pan until all dissolved and allow to cool
  • Thinly slice the red onions and dress with pickle and allow to sit (at least an hour)
  • To make mayo: finely chop parsley as fine as you can, mix with mayonnaise and juice of half a lemon. Once mixed you can use hand blender to blitz if you want smoother and greener.


Calories: 1194kcalCarbohydrates: 110gProtein: 42gFat: 64gSaturated Fat: 14gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 216mgSodium: 2123mgPotassium: 806mgFiber: 8gSugar: 20gVitamin A: 2805IUVitamin C: 16mgCalcium: 327mgIron: 9mg
Keyword Ham
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