This comes from Nigella Lawson’s book Nigella Bites and I can’t even say how EASY this is to make. It’s a wonderful way to make ham! Her recipes rarely fail!
I had a smoked pork shoulder, 5 1/2 pounds. Gave it 3 hours in the pot with the cola. It only takes 10 minutes in the oven, how easy is that?
The ham is juicy, tender, and delicious! I don’t think I’ll want ham cooked any other way now.
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Ham in Coca Cola
4 to 5 pound mild-cure ham
1 onion, peeled and cut in half
1 (2 liter) bottle Coca-Cola
For the glaze
1 tablespoon molasses
2 teaspoons mustard powder
2 tablespoons brown sugar
Put ham in a pan, add onion and pour over the Coke. Bring to the boil, reduce to a simmer, put the lid on and cook for around 2 1/2 hours.
Preheat oven to 475 degrees F.
When ham is cooked, take it out of pan and let cool. Remove skin, leaving a thin layer of fat.
Use a sharp knife to make large diamond shapes in the fat. Put a clove in each diamond and spread with molasses all over. Pat mustard and sugar onto the sticky fat.
Bake in a foil-lined pan for around 10 minutes, or until crispy and bubbly.
Recipe based on one by Sackville
Photo by Diana Johnson