Nigella may have had made the Coke Ham famous but this version takes it to a different level. The cherry jam & pineapple glaze is sweet, sticky and warming. Every guest I have ever served this to has asked for seconds (and sometimes thirds). The ham is the showstopper of this menu so 1.2 kilos will serve 4 – 6 people. Serve Cherry Coke Ham in a Florida / Cuban style with black beans and rice and pineapple salsa.
Cuban Black Beans & Rice
Very simple to stir up and provides a good stodge to accompany the sweetness of the ham and the salsa.
Do not skip the pineapple salsa. It adds a refreshing zing to this dish. We had only habanero chilli when we made ours so we used the smallest sliver possible. It was so small we couldn’t even photograph it. Choose whatever type of fresh chilli and an amount of it that suits your own taste. Fresh coriander is a must!
I love this recipe because it makes a whole meal and you can wash up as you go along. Here is my cooking plan:
Get the ham going
Make the glaze and pineapple salsa
Cook the rice (keep it warm)
Drain the beans and set aside
Do dishes, set the table, get drinks ready for guests – that kind of thing
When ham is resting, fry up the rice & beans
Leftover Cherry Coke Ham Ideas
If you either happen to have leftovers or you’ve planned for leftovers, the ham is lovely cold or room temperature with extra pineapple salsa. Alternatively, stuff in a sandwich with a bit of mayo and dijon mustard.
For something more traditional, we also served our Cherry Coke Ham with potato dauphinoise (or in American, potato gratin, because “dauphinoise” is just too hard to say and spell).
Cherry Coke Ham, Cuban Beans & Pineapple Salsa
Florida Cuban-style ham, beans and rice. Spicy, sweet and sticky. Delicious dish!