Spiced Honey Mustard Cottage Ham with Purple Cabbage

After both cooking processes, the cottage ham comes out very tender and juicy, and the honey mustard glaze adds an incredible contrast of flavors. Purple cabbage adds a nice pop of color and is a classic side to pair with pork. Garnish with fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves and serve with roasted or boiled potatoes and dinner rolls. Leftovers are great for ham sandwiches later in the week!

Spiced Honey Mustard Cottage Ham with Purple Cabbage
Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
2 hrs
Additional Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 30 mins


  • 3 pounds cottage ham

  • 4 cups apple cider

  • 2 yellow onions, quartered

  • 6 fresh thyme sprigs

  • 4 cloves garlic

  • 2 dried bay leaves

  • 2 cinnamon sticks

  • 1 tablespoon whole black peppercorns

  • 2 teaspoons whole cloves

  • water to cover

  • 1 (3 pound) purple cabbage

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper

  • cup honey mustard

  • ¼ cup stone-ground mustard

  • ¼ cup dark brown sugar


  1. Place cottage ham in a large Dutch oven. Add cider, onions, thyme, garlic, bay leaves, cinnamon sticks, peppercorns, cloves, and enough water to cover cottage ham entirely. Cover, and place on high heat; bring to a boil, about 10 minutes. Once boiling, reduce heat, and cook on a low simmer for 1 hour and 30 minutes.

  2. While ham is simmering, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Cut cabbage into quarters, remove core, and cut into 1-inch slices. Place cabbage slices in a large bowl. Add olive oil, salt, and pepper; toss to coat.

  3. Stir together honey mustard, stone-ground mustard, and brown sugar in a medium bowl. Once cottage ham has simmered, transfer ham to a roasting pan. Brush honey mustard mixture over entire cottage ham.

  4. Bake in preheated oven until glaze has melted and a thermometer inserted in thickest portion registers 145 degrees F (63 degrees C), 20 to 30 minutes.

  5. While ham is baking, reserve 1 1/2 cups of the cooking liquid in Dutch oven; discard solids and remaining liquid. Place Dutch oven over medium-high; add sliced cabbage, and stir to combine. Cover, and cook until cabbage is tender, about 15 minutes. Arrange cabbage on a platter.

  6. Remove cottage ham from oven, and let rest for 10 minutes. Carve slices and serve on top of cabbage.

Cook's Note:

If your local butcher doesn't source cottage ham, you can order one online.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

496 Calories
25g Fat
34g Carbs
34g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 496
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 25g 31%
Saturated Fat 8g 40%
Cholesterol 109mg 36%
Sodium 516mg 22%
Total Carbohydrate 34g 12%
Dietary Fiber 2g 5%
Protein 34g
Potassium 688mg 15%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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