By: Margcata ( Margaux Cintrano )
Firstly, I would like to take a moment to wish all of you a very fulfilling and healthy New Year 2012 ahead and may the spirit of this wonderful season be with you through 2012.
This recipe hails from a farm in Elk River Valley, West Virginia, and Bob and Carolyn Canterbury have been carrying on their family rituals and traditions since time memorial and are initmately linked to a rural past in Sinks Grove, close to Kamawha County.
Cured country ham can be prepared with a sweet and sour touch ... One can use semi sweet sparkling wine or Champagne, Gingerale or Coca Cola ( or Pepsi ) as I had been told ...
Coca Cola Glazed Country Ham ... Serves 10 - 12 ...
1 Country Cured Ham weighing 15 to 17 pounds
3 Cups of Coca Cola ( or other type of Carbonated Cola )
1) Wash thoroughly the whole ham 15 to 17 pounds
2) Place the ham roast in a deep large pot or container and cover with cold mineral water, not tap water
3) cover and refrigerate until no longer overwhelmingly salty - about 14 - 15 hours or overnight
4) Preheat oven to 350 Degrees Farenheit
5) Drain the ham and pat dry with paper towelling
6) Transfer ham to a large foil lined roasting pan
7) pour 3 cups of Coca Cola or Pepsi over the ham and cover tightly with foil
8) roast and baste ham with pan juices every 30 minutes until the liquid has reduced to a thick syrup and place a meat thermometer in the thickest part of the ham, and when it registers 150 degrees - 3 hours, Uncover the ham and continue roasting and basting until the exterior is crisp and thermometer registers at 165 degrees - 30 minutes more or less.
9) Let the roast rest before slicing - 20 minutes or so
10) Serve with the pan juices ...
11) Serve this with a Rosé or Rosé Sparkling strawberry colored wine from California or a Lambrusco, an Italian Sparkling variety which pairs perfectly with a sweet and sour sauce ...