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Limerick has a culinary speciality of its own: its smoked ham ( Limerick Ham)! And not just any ham please, a smoked ham with juniper berries, cooked in cider, sugar and mustard. A delicacy, found in most Limerick Pubs !
What is Limerick Ham?
Roast ham with a smoky taste!
Unlike other parts of Ireland, the city of
Limerick likes to smoke its ham using juniper berries: this gives the meat a completely different aroma and a slightly peppery flavour.
This flavour is counterbalanced by sweet aromas, brought by cider and sugar, and a touch of acidity brought by mustard.
Limerickers are used to eating it in slices, with potatoes or cabbage. The result is surprising and particularly tasty
Recipe of Limerick Ham
Ingredients 1kg of
Limerick ham (smoked with juniper berries) 1 litre of Irish cider (e.g. Bulmers cider)
1/2 cup brown sugar or a little honey, your choice
1 teaspoon of mustard
Preparation Place your Limerick ham in a basin of cold water overnight
The next day, place it in a saucepan with the same water and bring to a boil.
Still in the pan, replace the water with the cider. Bring to a boil, then simmer over low heat for 30 minutes.
Turn off the heat and leave the ham in marinade for an hour.
Then take it out of the pan and place cloves in the flesh.
In a bowl, mix the mustard and sugar (or honey).
Then rub the ham with the preparation.
Place the ham in a dish in the oven for 15 minutes at 180°C.
All you have to do is taste it, with a few potatoes!