Saturday, 8 January 2011

Forever Nigella: Ham in Coca Cola

I don’t know if anyone else does this but I have a habit of seeing something I want to do and then storing it in my head for months.  Then it runs out of season/availability and I’m loathed to buy artificial tasting raspberries or strawberries.  Or, perhaps, worse, I run out of free time to do them! 

But this weekend is different.  Apart from a couple of hours at a wedding fayre on Sunday morning, I’m free all weekend.  It feels good to say that! After a shocker of a week at work and the good couple of hours mental preparation it will take for Sunday morning (Chair covers! Flowers! Table Favours! Balloons! Doves! Aargh!) comfort food is definitely in order! 

A quick deep dig into that head storage and I’ve pulled out something I have wanted to try for a long time.  It’s a Nigella recipe so I thought I would enter it into Forever Nigella that is being hosted by Sarah at Maison Cupcake.  Ham in Coca-Cola.  You can find the recipe here.

Since there are only two of us, we opted for a smaller piece of ham, about 750gr.  I used about 1ltr of coca-cola and half an onion.  It took about an hour to cook in the pan then a 15 minute blast in the hot oven.  It was really delicious and would definitely recommend it! The sticky glaze and the cloves make it perfect for the season!


  1. This is my favourite way to cook ham - delicious.

  2. Hurrah! One of the most famous Nigella recipes and you are the first to submit it to Forever Nigella!

    I cooked ham in cherry coke on New Year's Eve and it was out of this world. You are right not to omit the glaze stage, that's what takes it to another level.

    Thanks for taking part in Forever Nigella and I hope to see you again!

  3. I cooked ham in this way the other week, but I didn't trickle over the glaze - and it was STILL scrummy! I reckon I'll never boil a ham in plain old water again! Great post!

  4. If we ate ham I'm sure this would be one of our top ways to cook it. What could be wrong when coke is involved lol. Looks great (even to a non ham eater)!

  5. coca cola...I think I'll have to try it to believe it! I bet it was interesting and I don't doubt delicious.

  6. It's my new favourite way now too, Brownieville Girl!

    Thanks Sarah, cherry coke sounds like a great idea!

    I've decided that I'll tell everyone that I'm now allergic to ham boiled in water, Jo!

    Thanks Chele, it gave gorgeous dimension to the flavour of ham! Can't stand bland ham!

    I would definitely do it again, All That I'm Eating! It was gorgeous, especially in sandwiches the next day!

  7. Saw that in Nigella's book too but decided to put off the idea because there is not much ham to cook...Cutting the portion is a great idea to try this recipe. Love the glaze of the ham in your picture. Delicious!

    You got a great blog and I'm happy to be your followers for more of your cooking ideas in the future :D

  8. davvero????Prosciutto con la coca cola??????
    Mai sentito, ma sono troppo curiosa, devo assolutamente provarlo.....
    complimenti per il tuo blog, lo trovo davvero carino!!!!
    a prestissimo,