Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Cola Cooked Ham

Glazed ham is delicious and it reminds me of Christmas. Cola cooked ham has always sounded very interesting and something I've never tried to do at home before. It's a really tasty way to jazz up a boring piece of meat! See what you think! I'll be having leftovers in a toasted Ploughmans ciabatta with caramelised onion chutney I think mmm!

[Recipe adapted from Nigella Lawson]

All you need is:
A Gammon Joint, mild-cure (I used a 2kg one)
An onion, cut in half and peeled
A big bottle of Coca-Cola

2 tbsp (heaped) of honey

2 tsp English mustard powder
2 tbsp demerara sugar

If you want to make this recipe Gluten Free - use Dijon Mustard instead of English Mustard.

This isn't a slow cooker recipe - this is a cook-in-the-oven one, something which requires a more watchful eye.

Pop the meat in a pan, skin side down and pour over the coca-cola. Also add the onion at this point.

Bring the meat to the boil, then leave to simmer with the lid on for around 2 and a half hours - depending how big your piece of meat is, use this as a benchmark - cooking time is about 1 hour per kilo. It's going to have a quick blast in the oven anyway AND it will also need a little extra cooking time if you're cooking it straight from a cool fridge.

The ham will need oven cooking at 240 degrees, so preheat that in necessary time before the ham has finished simmering.

When it's done in the pan, remove the skin and score the fat with a knife.

Spread over the sugar.

And the mustard

And the honey.

Cook in a roasting tin for around 10 minutes - the honey/sugar/mustard will be bubbling when it's ready.
And remember extra cooking time if it's come straight from the fridge!

When it's done, take it out...slice and dish up hot or cold.

So tasty!

I have mine with veggies fresh from our garden - carrots, new potatoes, peas, broad beans, courgettes
And parsley sauce!

N xo

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