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Ham in Cola

This delicious ham originates from the Deep South, but was popularized over here in the UK by none other than the domestic goddess herself, Nigella Lawson. It appears in two of her books, How to Eat and laterly an updated version of the dish in Nigella Bites.

As we'd somewhat missed out on the seasonal festivities this year, I decided to cook this on New Years Day to appease hubby who felt hard done by at missing Christmas Lunch. I served my own version of his delectable salty, spicy ham with Macaroni Cheese and buttered Peas.

Ham in Cola

| Serves:  6 | Prep Time: 10 Minutes | Cook Time: 2 Hours 40 Minutes | Total Time: 2 Hours 50 Minutes |


  • 2kg Mild Cure Gammon Joint
  • 1 Onion, peeled and cut in half
  • 2 Litres Cola
  • Glaze:
  • 1 TBSP Black Treacle
  • 2 TBSP Demerera Sugar
  • 1 TSP Mustard Powder


  • Step 1: Place gammon fat side down in a large pan with the onion and cover with the cola
  • Step 2: Bring to the boil then reduce to a simmer, cover loosely with a lid and cook for 2 and 1/2 hours.
  • Step 3: Preheat the oven to 220C/200C Fan, then lift the gammon out of the cooking liquid, let it cool slightly and remove the fat (don't throw away the cooking liquid- why not use it to make a soup) and place the gammon on a foil lined roasting tray. Cover evenly with the treacle, sugar and mustard powder and roast in the oven for 10 minutes.

| Author: Beth Sachs | Date: 2nd January 2010 |


  1. goodness - it sounds like you've had quite a Christmas! Hope all is better for the new year!

  2. I love Nigella's Ham in Cola, have done it for several years now at Christmas. Although this year tried a different recipe. Have to say it works exceptionally well with Cherry Cola too!

    Happy New Year!

  3. Ham in Coke is a firm favourite in this household, and as James said, the Cherry version is delicious too. I would never have thought of serving it with macaroni cheese! We usually stick to boiled potatoes and green beans!

  4. I like the sound of cooking a ham in cola!

  5. Ham and macaroni and cheese are just a combination made in heaven.

  6. It's like you are having New Year's in the Southern US

  7. I love ham in coke! And the glaze you used sounds great! Fantastic way to start the new year.


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