My lovely friend Priya inspired me to dust off my slow cooker the other week. I’d had a bit of a moan about how I once, a long time ago, cooked some bolognaise in it, and it was rank. The meat was stringy, and the sauce was thin. I wrote off that bad boy and relegated it to the back of the cupboard where it’s been gathering dust ever since.
Well, I stand by that, some things are just best left to a hob.
But anyway, Priya told me about all sorts of amazing things she’s cooked in her slow cooker, and my stomach began to rumble, so I figured I’d give it another shot.
Today I slow cooked a gammon joint in Coca-Cola, which, admittedly sounds disgusting, but is actually really good.
You will need:
- A gammon joint, I used smoked, but I don’t know if it matters either way.
- A bottle of full fat Coca-Cola. It *must* be the sugary variety, the sweeteners in Diet Coke will not have the same effect.
- An onion, quartered.
- Whatever you want to serve it with. I served it with broccoli and mashed swede, carrot and parsnip. It would be amazing with mashed potato.
Bring the gammon up to the boil in a pan of water on the hob. Boil for 10 minutes or so to draw out some of the salt. Then, pop it in the slow cooker along with the quartered onion. Pour over enough Coca-Cola so there is an inch or so of fluid around the meat. I cooked it on auto all morning, and then reduced it to low for the rest of the day. It had a good eight hours cooking time.
Finally, I put the cooked (and very very tender) meat in a moderate oven and glazed it with the Coke as I was cooking the veg.
This was how it looked on the dinner table.
I did it in my slow cooker because by doing that I don’t have to think much about it for the rest of the day, so I can spend more time scrap-booking with Ruby, or repeatedly stopping Elliot from pulling out the contents of my crockery cupboard. Also, since he has no teeth, any meat Elliot eats really should be good and soft. But you could do it in a low oven, the same way you’d slow cook a pork shoulder. I am sure it would be just as devine.
And incase you’re making this around the festive season, here are a couple of other dishes I love to make at this time:
Bread Sauce My favourite part of Christmas dinner, bar none.
Cranberry Sauce. Homemade, really simple and super yummy.
Turkey Quesadillas. Great for using up leftover turkey.