Welcome to Foody February! Boo over at Blooming Boo and myself have decided to create a Foody February series. As we are both wanting to experiment more in the kitchen and make an effort to cook more we have decided to swap recipes once a week in a hope to get more creative and enjoy cooking. We will be blogging about it each week and sharing what we though of each recipe. I can't wait to try Boo's recipes, as I am always cooking the same dishes it's nice to have a change.
The week Boo gave me her recipe for Coca Cola Ham with Sweet Potato Wedges! I have seen many people talking about cooking ham in Coca Cola on Facebook food groups but never actually thought about cooking it as I'm not really a fan of Ham. However I couldn't wait to give it a go!
1 Litre of Coca Cola
Unsmoked Gammon Joint (700g ish) depending on how many you're cooking for
1.Take your gammon joint out of the fridge about 30 - 45 mins before you are ready to start cooking.
2. Put the gammon in a large pan, skin/fat side side down and cover the whole gammon with coca cola. It fizzes up like crazy and so you have to wait for the fizz to go down a little, to ensure the whole joint is covered in coke.
3. Put the pan on the hob on a medium to high heat and bring to the boil. Then turn down to a low to medium heat (to maintain the simmer) and boil for 45 mins to 1 hour. You'd boil it for an hour if it's a 1kg joint and about 45-50 mins for 700 grams.
4. Whilst the ham is boiling, pre-heat your oven to 200 degrees c and line a baking tray with tin foil to sit the ham in once it's boiled.
5. In another baking tray, play your sweet potato wedges, covered with a glug of olive oil and mixed around so they have a good coating. Place them in the middle of the oven for 40 mins (until some of the edges start looking crispy and the fatter bits are soft when a fork is poked in them.
6. After 45 mins to 1 hour of bubbling away, take the ham out of the pan and place it on the bed of tin foil. Spoon a little coke over it to keep it moist. If the ham had a skin on it, remove it to reveal the fat layer (watch out it'll be very hot), then score the fat side of the ham one way and then another to make diamond cut shapes.
7. Stick cloves in corners of the scored diamonds and then pour a tablespoon of black treacle over the joint and pat it into the top of the joint (over the cloves). If you don't like cloves, it will still work without them.
8. Place the joint in the oven for 10 minutes (or until the syrupy glaze is bubbling). Hopefully you can time it so the wedges are ready at the same time - but don't worry if the ham has to sit for a while - it will still be yummy.
Some Tips From Boo
1. If you sometimes find gammon a little salty, before you boil it in coke, you can put it in a pan of water, bring to the boil and then disregard the water and start again with stage 2 above - this will take some of the saltyness out of it.
2. You can boil the ham in advance and then let it cool completely. If you do this, the ham will need a little extra time in the oven (25 mins at 180 degrees).
3. Boo usually cooks a green veg with this - either leeks, curly kale or broccoli and then make a white sauce. The recipe Boo uses for this is here.
4. The cooked ham will last for 3 days in the fridge and is so good in sandwiches :)
So... how did it turn out?
I've never cooked ham before so wasn't sure if it was cooked or overcooked ha ha! It seemed to be okay and Andy approved! I was really impressed with how it turned out and it was really yummy. I've also never had sweet potatoes before and I will definitely be cooking them more often, I couldn't get enough of them! The ham had such a lovely taste to it and the black treacle worked well with it, I had no idea what to expect as Andy turned his nose up when I asked him to get it at the supermarket. Men hey! I didn't have any cloves so I shoved a few garlic cloves in the diamond scores and it tasted really good. I also got carried away with the recipe and forgot to try out the sauce Boo recommended! Maybe next time?! It was actually fine without a sauce and it's wasn't dry at all as you had the juices from the ham and the potatoes were nice and soft.
Overall I really enjoyed cooking this recipe and with thanks to Boo, I now like ham and love sweet potatoes. We now have half of the ham left in the fridge and will use it for sandwiches over the next few days or maybe another meal I'm not sure yet. Amelia enjoyed the sweet potatoes, but I guess she's fussy like me as she wouldn't touch the ham.
I can't wait to see what recipe Boo shares with me next week! You can check out my recipe Boo cooked this week here which I must say looks far better than when I cook it.
What do you think of the Coca Cola Ham?
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