Monday, July 7, 2008

Nigella Lawson's Ham in Coca-Cola

I have a confession: one of my favourite past times is downright trashy. I don't hunt 'coons or go cow tipping, so I suppose it could be worse. But I do have this nasty obsession with celebrity gossip, to the point that I read Lainey Gossip and Perez Hilton multiple times a day. It's definitely trashy, but it's fun.

Sort of like Nigella Lawson's Ham in Coca Cola. Lawson herself even dubbed the ham trashy in Nigella Bites.

The technique is simple and very unexpected, but the result is delicious. Braise ham in a ton of Coke, then apply a sticky-sweet brown sugar, mustard and molasses glaze, and broil the beast til it's browned and bubbly.

I've been meaning to try this recipe since I snagged a copy of Nigella Bites from a thrift store for only $3 about 5 years ago. Even though it took me 5 years to finally make it, it was definitely worth the wait. Although I overcooked the meat (I was working with a smaller ham than the recipe called for and my estimation skills were lacking that day, apparently), the sweetness and spiciness of the molasses and cloves really complemented the Coke. Big time.

I've never cooked with cola before, but I definitely will again.

Click here for the recipe.


Parker July 7, 2008 at 12:45:00 PM EDT  

Funny. I have some friends obsessed with celeb gossip and use to mock them, but after reading a few US mags, it is hard not to get a little addicted.

It sounds like the coke would compliment the saltiness of the ham really well. Nice.

Anonymous April 4, 2010 at 8:40:00 AM EDT  

yeah it's good, but it says not to throw away the liquid when you pour it out. so? what am i supposed to do with it then?

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