• 4servings
  • 80minutes
  • 470calories

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Nutrition Info . . .

NutrientsLipids, Carbohydrates, Cellulose
MineralsNatrium, Potassium, Magnesium, Cobalt

Ingredients Jump to Instructions ↓

  1. 2 tbsp olive oil

  2. 340 g (12 oz) lean boneless gammon, cut into 2 cm ( 3/4 in) cubes

  3. 2 onions, chopped

  4. 2 red peppers, seeded and diced

  5. 3 hard cooking pears

  6. juice of 1 lemon

  7. 2 tsp soft light brown sugar

  8. 3 large sprigs of fresh thyme

  9. 600 ml (1 pint) vegetable stock, preferably home-made light

  10. 675 g (1 1/2 lb) sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 2 cm ( 3/4 in) chunks

  11. 2 tbsp cornflour

  12. a good pinch of freshly grated nutmeg

  13. salt and pepper

  14. sprigs of fresh thyme to garnish

Instructions Jump to Ingredients ↑

  1. Heat the oil in a large flameproof casserole. Add the gammon and cook over a fairly high heat for about 5 minutes, turning the pieces frequently until they are browned all over. Use a draining spoon to remove the gammon from the casserole and set the pieces aside on a plate.

  2. Add the onions and peppers to the oil remaining in the pan. Stir well, then cover and cook for 10 minutes or until the vegetables are softened. Stir once or twice, scraping the bottom of the casserole to mix in all the browned cooking residue.

  3. While the vegetables are cooking in the pan, peel the pears, quarter them lengthways and remove the cores. Toss the pears with the lemon juice so as to prevent them from turning brown.

  4. Return the gammon cubes to the casserole. Add the pears with the lemon juice, the sugar and thyme, and pour in the stock. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat to low and cover the casserole. Simmer gently for about 20 minutes or until the pears are tender.

  5. Use a draining spoon to transfer the pears to a bowl; cover and set aside. Stir the sweet potatoes into the casserole and bring back to simmering point, then cover and cook for a further 10 minutes. Mix the cornflour to a smooth paste with 2 tbsp cold water and stir into the casserole. Bring to the boil, stirring. Reduce the heat, cover again and cook for 5 more minutes or until the gammon and sweet potatoes are tender.

  6. Discard the thyme sprigs. Add the nutmeg and season with salt and pepper to taste. Ladle the casserole into shallow bowls and add the pears. Garnish with thyme sprigs and serve.


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