It’s the New Year (and Happy New Year at that!).
One of the big things about the New Year, on the home food and tradition front, is having ham for “the picking”. Much in the way you might do it after the Christmas dinner, the purpose of having the ham is solely for picking on, having slices handy for sandwiches, maybe add to a cheese and cracker board…
I could go on.
Slow cooked ham: It’s easy to get started
One of the easiest things to do in a slow cooker, is a ham. And one of the nicest things to cook it in, is a cola. Think a Coke / Coca-Cola / Pepsi (or Pepsi Max).
If you’re picking up a ham from your butcher or supermarket and it comes wrapped in plastic, be sure to get rid of all the wrappings before starting putting the ham in the pot. I’ll tie the ham up with extra string, two rounds top to bottom and left to right, to keep it all together while cooking.
Here’s the recipe…
Slow Cooked Ham (8 Hours) in Coca-Cola
A simple recipe for some magic, mouthwatering, slow-cooked ham.
- 2.3 kg Unsmoked Ham Fillet
- 1.5 L Bottle cola ((can be diet))
Remove any plastic wrapping from ham fillet and contain with two string loops.
Pop the ham into the slow cooker, fill the space with as much cola as the pot will hold (could run to 1.25 / 1.5L, maybe a little more if the ham is smaller)
Pop on the lid, set the cooker to high, come back in 8 hours time.
Remove ham from cola to a wire rack (if you’ve a drip tray or foil to lay underneath, that will come in handy). Leave to sit in foil for 10 minutes, trim fat and serve.
And here’s the finished article.
Remove the string, trim the fat and get to carving up.
For me, this style of cooking I’ll do either first thing in the morning (if I’m looking at serving in the afternoon) or as is more usual, last thing at night. There’s a nice feeling knowing it’s cooking away while you sleep!
You could go one step further having cooked it in the cola, by completely shredding the ham as shown in the picture, adding a little Jack Daniels, a little barbeque sauce, stir it all up and bang it back in the pot on low for an hour. Magic.[xyz-ihs snippet=”Signature”]