Gammon Steak with Roasted Baby Potatoes

For that time when you need something quick and simple to prepare, this British favourite fits the bill. A gammon steak, topped with a soft poached egg, and roasted baby potatoes instead of fries, makes for a very enjoyable meal.

Gammon Steak with Roasted Baby Potatoes

4 servings
  • Preparation time: 15 minutes
  • Cooking time: 30 minutes

  • Ingredients
  • 575 g (1 lb 4 oz) baby potatoes (about 13)
  • 5 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 gammon steaks
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 tbsp white wine vinegar


  • Method
  • Preheat the oven to 190°C (375°F) (gas 5)

  • Wash the potatoes, cut into 2.5 cm (1 inch) pieces and place in a large bowl. Add 4 tablespoons of olive oil, garlic cloves, and seasoning. Toss together to coat the potatoes.
  • Tip into a small roasting tin/pan and roast for 30 minutes until the potatoes are tender, turning a couple of times to make sure they brown evenly.

  • Preheat the grill/broiler.

  • Remove any rind from the gammon steaks, then brush with the remaining olive oil. Grill/broil for 3 minutes on each side until they are starting to brown and are crisping at the edges.

  • While cooking the gammon, also cook the eggs. Pour some boiling water into a non-stick frying pan/skillet to a depth of 2.5–3.75 cm (1–1½ inches). Gently heat the water so that it produces just a trace of tiny bubbles over the base of the pan. Next stir the white wine vinegar into the water, which will prevent the whites from spreading as they cook.
  • Now, holding the cracked eggs as near as possible above the water, slip them gently into the water and cook for exactly 1 minute to let the eggs settle.

  • Cook for a further 3 minutes, occasionally basting the top of the eggs with the water.

  • Once the eggs are cooked, lift them out of the water with a flat slotted spoon, resting the spoon on a sheet of kitchen paper to absorb any water before slipping the egg off the spoon onto the top of a gammon steak.

  • Serve with the roasted baby potatoes.
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Updated: July 7, 2018

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