“Sad to say, the kitchens proved to have no wild boar on hand, and there was not time enough to send out hunters. Instead, the cooks butchered one of the castle sows, and served them ham studded with cloves and basted with honey and dried cherries. It was not what Cersei wanted, but she made do.” -A Feast for Crows
Salty, juicy goodness. The sweet punch of a cherry. Slow drips of honey.
All this can be yours.
This recipe is so good that it nearly defies description. Even as someone for whom ham and pork generally hold little appeal, I still had 3 servings. It’s the kind of flavor combination that will keep you eating in an effort to really nail down a description. We at least had the excuse of writing this post, but you’ll have to come up with your own.
What’s more, this is a great way to sneak a little Westeros into your otherwise normal family holidays.
This tasty ham, followed by episode 2.2, and chocolate Easter eggs? WIN.
Ham with cloves, honey, and dried cherries Recipe
Cook’s Notes: As with most hams that come on the bone, the leftovers can be used to make a wonderful Split-Pea Soup!
- 1 10 lb. ham (ours was spiral cut, but we would have preferred a solid one)
- ~30 cloves
- 2 large handfuls of dried cherries
For the Glaze:
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1/2 cup red wine vinegar
- 1/2 cup apple cider