Sunday, April 18, 2010

Bailey's Coca-Cola Ham with a little help from Paula Deen

A couple of years ago, my younger son Bailey and I were watching the Paula Deen show together. Bailey showed an interest in making Paula Deen's baked Coca-Cola ham.  Together we made the ham. Since that day, whenever it is requested Bailey prepares the ham for the family or for a crowd. This has become his trademark recipe.

We traditionally think of preparing ham for the holidays but, ham is a wonderful way to feed your family or your guests, and still have plenty left over for ham sandwiches and other meals throughout the week. Also, a baked ham is easy to prepare and is easy on the family food budget.


Baked Coca-Cola Ham
Serves a crowd
Recipe from Paula Deen

Ingredients:
1 (10 pound) fully cooked ham
2 (12-ounce) cans cola
Canned pineapple rings
Light brown sugar for sprinkling
Maraschino cherries
Cloves

Directions:
Preheat the oven to 325 F.
Place the ham in a shallow roasting pan.  Baste the ham with cola. With toothpicks, stick some pineapple rings on the ham, about 4 or 5 rings. Sprinkle some brown sugar on the rings.  With toothpicks place a cherry in each pineapple ring hole, and then stick some cloves in the rings.  Cover it with foil and bake 15-18 minutes per pound of ham, or until the ham reaches an internal temperature of 140 degrees F. Baste with cola about every 30 minutes while cooking.

Enjoy!


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52 comments:

Angie's Recipes said...

wow....I don't think I am able to handle something like this...this looks so mouthwatering!

Cool Lassi(e) said...

Lovely Ham. Gorgeous to look at. Bet it tastes equally good!

Bryan said...

Ham is so great, easy to do and such a crowd pleaser and aven if there isn't such a crowd, like you said, the leftovers are great. This is beautiful and you can't go wrong with inspiration from Paula Dean!

The Not So Perfect Housewife said...

Yum! I've heard of this recipe, but never tried it!! Rethinking that now..LOL

Sage said...

That looks Amazing!
Last time I baked a ham it was the same recipe, but with ginger ale; we loved it.
What can it be in soda to make it so tender?
Rita

Joanne said...

Originally when you said Bailey's I thought you meant the Irish liqueur. But I don't think that would go very well with ham!

Cola on the other hand - perfect.

Kim said...

I've never had the coca cola ham before, but it looks like it makes a wonderful glaze. SO cute that Bailey likes to watch Paula Deen anc cook along with you. I bet you have some tasty ham recipes coming up:D

Ana Powell said...

Lovely, delicious and a great colour.
Very original recipe, really liked it.
Wishing you a great Sunday x

Rumana Rawat said...

Wow!!!!! though i dont eat but it must be very delicious. iam sure...:-)

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

This is a festive recipe for anytime of year. And, I love using soda in recipes - Have you ever made the Coca-Cola Cake? So much fun!

bobbinis-kitchen.com said...

My compliments to you.
Looking at this picture I must say: "Together with the pineapple slices the project coca-cola ham was successful!!"

Please send us some slices via E-Mail!

Chris said...

Thank you, Joanne! I'm so glad I was not the only reader to have that same reaction. I think I even made a face before clicking on the link, thinking, "ICK! Bailey's Irish Cream on HAM? Velva has lost her mind!"

This looks really good and you are so right about how far you can stretch a ham. All the way down to the bone for soup!

TKW said...

Cola in food is such a Southern thing! I bet it's delicious.

Trish said...

Wow....interesting...using coca cola. I guess it acts as a softener? Looks scrumptious

Pam said...

This sounds delicious and I will have to try it! Love that ham! It sounds like to me you have a chef in the making with Bailey!

Pierce said...

We usually have ham if my in-laws cook it. I don't know why we never do it here. We all love ham...and this is great looking. Has me hungry!

5 Star Foodie said...

Sounds terrific with coca cola and pineapple!

Chef E said...

Ummm, my dad did not like Turkey (I know how un American), but he would make a ham each holiday, and I loved the cherries and pineapple. I always thought it was so 'exotic', lol for a young Texas girl at the time....Now I want a hunk of this! He (my dad) would have liked the coke aspect of this!

Lazaro Cooks! said...

That ham looks awesome. Unfortnately coca cola has a restraining order out against me, for abuse. The use of the cola is inspired. Great for a large party. Thank you for sharing.

Subhie Arun said...

wow..this looks mouthwatering....great dish for a party!..thx for sharing

WizzyTheStick said...

If it's a Paula Deen recipe then I am sold. Looks very delicious

Julie said...

Looks delicious. One of my favorite ham recipes, is to put a precooked ham in the crockpot with a can of 7Up. I think I've also heard about Dr. Pepper.

Erica said...

That is so adorable! Once we have children, I hope to get them into cooking :)

Faith said...

I bet the cola forms an amazing glaze! It's very sweet that this is your son's signature dish -- it's really beautiful!

tasteofbeirut said...

How unusual! Who would have thought that coke and ham are a perfect match! Looks delicious and glad your son took over that task! Yeah!

Chey can cook! (and more) said...

That looks wonderful! Ham with pineapple and cherries is always amazing! Great job by Bailey!

Dishesdone said...

That looks amazing! Coca cola makes a delicious glaze. I've used it to make ribs on the grill! Have to try the ham! Bailey did a great job!

sweetlife said...

I also thought baileys irish..then I was like oh great ham..I bet the flavor is just wonderful

sweetlife

Chow and Chatter said...

oh wow what a ham looks delish!!

Susan Fields said...

I make ham regularly, and I've got some good recipes for the leftovers (and there are always plenty because a ham feeds so many). I have a pulled pork recipe that uses root beer, and it's delicious. Who would have thought?

Lynda said...

I have never cooked a ham this way, but have seen recipes for it. It looks so amazing so I'll have to try this. Your ham looks perfectly glazed!

Mary at Deep South Dish said...

That's an absolutely perfect, beautiful ham!! Thanks for swinging by to visit me today.

teresa said...

how delicious! i bet the cocacola makes it so sweet and tender!

Marguerite said...

This ham looks sinfully delicious! And how nice that your son likes to make it! Thanks for sharing!

Bob said...

That sounds wicked good. My girlfriend has been after me to make something with Coke, maybe I'll do this...

A Year on the Grill said...

Thank goodness it was not the Irish Cream... and thanks for teh great story to go along with the recipe... good for Bailey

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Barbara said...

I saw her make that, Velva, and wondered if it was good. I guess so! It looks fabulous.

I have a friend who adores a chocolate cake made with coke.

Nil said...

Oi Velva. Eu amo o presunto. Isso Parece Muito saboroso!

Gulmohar said...

Cola and ham sounds interesting.. and it looks wonderful too :-)

Bridgett said...

I have yet to try the ham and coke combo but I always hear wonderful things. I will have to give it a try since my husband adores ham. Yours is beautiful!

theUngourmet said...

Yummo! I haven't tried Cola over my ham yet. It looks heavenly. I am so crazy for ham!

Mimi said...

Well I must admit that I didn't think a ham cooked in Bailey's and Coca-Cola had the right appeal, but knowing Paula Dean, anything is possible. Glad to know it just your son cooking with Coca-Cola.
Mimi

D. @ Outside Oslo said...

Sounds delicious! And like a special treat. You're right, ham does seem like a special-occasion food, but why not bring out the good treats for other times too?

Heavenly Housewife said...

Wow, this is fab, looking at it makes me smile. What a great thing to serve if you have a lot of guests coming over.
*kisses* HH

buffalodick said...

Sur looks good! I love ham...

Catherine said...

This looks wonderful Velva! I love the photo too!

Erica said...

In Colombia we cooked pork with coca-cola and it is delicious! Love this ham :)

Banu said...

you know? I've never baked a ham, and this picture and your description just might make me want to. Thank you!

Bailey said...

Wow he looks like an amazing cook

Katy ~ said...

You know, you're right. We should have ham more. I've been looking for a delicious ham glaze recipe and boy does this look good. I made a ham for Easter that had whiskey in it; it was good but certainly not appropriate for all ages and people. This sounds good!!

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