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How Can I Use The Glaze For The Ham In Coca Cola On A Precooked Ham?

Asked by Chatham. Answered on 14th November 2023

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I cook a pre-cooked, pre-sliced ham in the US. We glaze it and bake it. I want to use your glaze for the Ham In Coca Cola, just not sure how to compare/change the recipe from your gammon/uncooked/needing boiling to the US ham. Help. I am a good home cook and want to make it for Christmas with Cumberland sauce. Thank you!

Ham in Coca Cola
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Ham in Coca Cola
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Nigella's Ham In Coca Cola (from NIGELLA BITES) cooks a gammon in coca cola until cooked through. The skin and excess fat is then removed and the ham is glazed with treacle, brown sugar and mustard. A gammon is a cured but uncooked leg of pork, which can be smoked or unsmoked. Once it is cooked it becomes a ham. Gammon is readily available in the UK, but more difficult to find elsewhere. The coca cola is the liquid used for the inital cooking of the ham. Once the ham is cooked through, it is coated with a glaze and finished in a hot oven.

In the US ready-cooked hams are much more popular and if they are also spiral cut then they are easy to slice and they have usually had the rind and excess fat removed. If it is possible we would suggest buying a ham that is not precut. However, if that is not an option then we suggest reheating the ham following the producer's instructions. If you need a little liquid while reheating the ham then use coca cola and baste the ham occasionally with the cola. Once the ham is hot, turn the oven up to 450F (240c/220c fan). Remove the ham from the oven and unwrap or uncover it, depending on how you had to reheat it. Put the ham on a foil-lined baking sheet. Spread the treacle over the ham as carefully as you can, trying not to separate the slices or let the treacle seep between the cuts in the ham, then gently pat the mustard and sugar over the surface. Cook in the hot oven for 10 minutes until the glaze is burnished and bubbly. Let the ham rest slightly before slicing and serving it with your chosen sauce.


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