Thursday, December 30, 2010

After holiday Cherry Cola Ham

I found a ham on sale yesterday and decided to try a recipe from a GREAT crockpot book I got for the holidays. It's called "The Ultimate Slow Cooker Book" by Better Homes and Gardens. We have a huge snowstorm here in Colorado so it was the perfect end of the year treat!!!

Cherry Cola Ham

Prep: 20 minutes
Cook: 8 -9 hours on low
1 cup packed brown sugar
2/3 cup cherry flavored cola (I used the cheap kind)
2 tablespoons lemon juice (I omitted this because I was all out... grrrr)
1 tablespoon dry mustard
1 5 - 5 1/2 pound cooked boneless ham
1/4 cup cold water
2 Tablespoons cornstarch
1 tablespoon prepared horseradish
Fresh sage leaves *optional*

1) In a 5 1/2 - 6 quart slow cooker combine brown sugar, cola, lemon juice and mustard. Add ham, turning to coat. Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 8 to 9 hours on low! (I opened a few times and ladled the juices over the ham)

2) Transfer ham to a platter; cover to keep warm. In a small saucepan stir together cold water and cornstarch. Add cooking liquid from cooker. Cook and stir over medium heat until thickened and bubbly. Cook for another two minutes. Stir in horseradish, slice ham and serve with sauce.

If you want, garnish with sage leaves.

I LOVED this dish... seriously the best ham I've made. I can't wait to see what "leftovers" taste like.

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