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Dec 13, 2008 02:45 PM

Nigella ham in coke - which ham?

For the Ham in Cherry Coke (from FEAST), she recommends a boneless mild cure ham. Is this partially cooked? Fresh (I don't think so if it is cured, it's not a "fresh ham". Cook's Illustrated uses a fresh ham and a time consuming/messy method. Nigella's is more appealing)? I know people have tried it, I read the two posts I could find, but didn't really find the answer to this. Specific brand name suggestions would be great. I've never bought a ham before.
I know it is to be boiled in the coke, then baked in the oven. My grandmother used to do this (without the coke) and bought a ham from a fab german pork store in Queens, NY. It's closed, I believe.

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  1. I haven't seen the one in Feast, but she has a suspiciously similar sounding Ham in Coke in How to Eat, which I bought in the UK, and that definitely used British style ham that was cured but not cooked--think bacon writ large. I haven't been able to find this in the US since. Odd because this is a derivative of a concoction from the american south... gotta love globalization.

    1. Southerners use the same marinade/topping/sauce with either Virginia hams, a.ka. country hams. You could use that as a sub, but I don't know about the difference in flavor.