*Please excuse the horrible pictures. My digital camera battery is dead and I used my cell. It's also hard to find a good angle to photograph a large ham in a silver roasting pan*
Homemade ham. 2 of my favorite words put together in English language. When I was little my mom would make "homemade ham." Perfectly sweet and moist and . . . well just perfect. Most people look forward to Thanksgiving dinner- me? I looooove Christmas dinner because we have ham. Well Christmas came early this year- I decided to make my first ham. It was AMAZING. My mom came over today, tried it and proudly stated "this tastes like Mom's (my grandma)!!" My heart soared- tasting like Grandma's on my first try? I can't get my meatloaf to taste like her's at all WITH her recipe but I can make her ham without even trying? Oh the irony.
This recipe is technically called "Coke Au Vin ham." This is a very simple recipe- only 5 ingredients. You do need to baste it every 30 minutes or so but it's totally worth it. Here goes:
1 half shank smoked ham (the cheap kind!!)
3 cups Coke
1 cup Marsala cooking wine (found near red wine vinegar)
1/4 cup dijon mustard
1/2 cup brown sugar
Preheat oven to 350.
Score ham 1/4" deep, a few inches apart in 5-6 places
Place ham in roasting pan. Pour coke and wine over ham.
Bake 2-3 hours on the bottom rack (mine took around 2 and weighed almost 8 lbs. Check with a meat thermometer- it should be between 120 and 130 degrees. Stay away from the bone)
Baste every 30 minutes. (I don't own a baster so I just used a coffee cup to scoop up the juices and pour over.
Cover lightly with foil for the last hour to prevent dark browning too soon)
Mix brown sugar and mustard.
Remove ham from oven. Turn oven up to 450.
Brush brown sugar and mustard generously over the ham.
Return to the top rack of the oven and bake for 15 minutes.
Mike is the one who cut up the ham so I don't have directions for how to do that BUT if you google it, it's easy to find detailed instructions. He just kind of winged it.
Gravy: I made a gravy with the left over drippings in the bottom. Simply place in a skillet on high, bring to a boil and add 2 tablespoons of butter. Stir. Turn down and let reduce and thicken slightly. Absolutely yummy :)
Lastly: My 2 latest cakes (both Thomas the Train)