Friday, March 16, 2012
Recipe: White Trash Ham
A cookbook titled How to be a Domestic Goddess: Baking and the Art of Comfort Food...surely I needed this cookbook...I deserve to be a Goddess, don't I? It became one of my favorite cookbooks of all time, tellling me how to make those all important Molten Lava Chocolate BabyCakes that send you into chocolate overload with six simple ingredients...yes, only SIX!
Needless to say I bought more of Nigella's cookbooks...the next being How to Eat: The Pleasures and Principles of Good Food. Immediately catching my eye was a section called White-Trash Lunch for 6.
White-Trash Lunch? Yup....Ham in Coca-Cola; Parsley Potatoes, Snow Peas, and Young Peas; and Cherry Pie. Good basic food...simply prepared...what I would expect on the table when I visited my Grandma. And, of course, there would have to be something prepared with Coca-Cola...whether it was Meat or Dessert...it was just a staple of cooking.
After cooking the recipe by the directions and then messing about with the recipe to find what works and doesn't work, I'm giving you the version that sits today in our family cookbook.
Important things to note:
- This is not a recipe to do last minute, as you'll need to soak the ham overnight in the soda.
- Do not use Diet Soda...if you do, you'll have a very bad tasting ham.
WHITE TRASH HAM
1 Five (5)-pound bone-in ham, partially or fully cooked
2 liters of Cherry Dr. Pepper
1. Pull out your largest stock pot, and put the ham inside.
2. Pour both liters of soda over the ham, ensuring the ham is totally covered in soda.
3. Cover and place the stock pot in the refrigerator overnight.
4. One hour before cooking: remove the stockpot from the refrigerator, placing the ham on a wire rack to air-dry.
5. Bake at 350 degrees until warm...about 30-40 minutes.