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During the holidays, one of my absolute favorite dishes to make is my Coca-Cola Baked Ham. It is so full of delicious flavor, that no one can stay out of it. Today, I am going to share with you how easy it is to make, but I am also going to share with you how to set up a very festive holiday table using a few items from around your home!
The other day, I ran into our local Sam’s Club to pick up a few party essentials (I am helping to host a New Year’s Eve get together), I was making a mental note of my Christmas menu plan in my mind. I was thinking about our yearly holiday ham, and knew I needed to pick up some Coca-Cola because that is really what makes my ham taste so amazing.
- 1 bone in fully cooked ham
- 1 bottle of Coke de Mexico
- 2 oranges quartered
- 1/2 cup dijon Mustard
- 1/2 cup of brown sugar
- 1 15.5 ounce can of Pineapple Slices
Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
Get a baking dish and spray the inside with cooking spray.
Remove ham from packaging and place cut side down in your dish.
Take orange slices and place them all around the ham in the bottom of the dish.
Mix together the Dijon mustard and brown sugar. It will create a paste. Smear it all over the ham.
Open the Coke and pour it in the bottom of your dish.
Take pineapple slices and place all over ham.
Bake in the oven for about 2 1/2 to 3 hours. During that time, baste the ham frequently with the juices from the bottom of your dish.
Serve once it is done cooking.
I headed down the soft drink aisle and found these 24 pack Coke de Mexico glass bottles that I knew I would be able to use.
We have a man in our church who works for Coke, so I asked him what the difference was between a regular Coke and the Coke de Mexico glass bottles. He said regular Coke is made with high fructose corn syrup, but that the Coke de Mexico glass bottles are made with pure cane sugar.
I knew right then, that my ham was going to be over the top this year, and that I could use the rest of the Cokes for my party (as the 24 pack makes a great addition to any holiday festivities!)
If the 24 pack is too many for your family, now worries! You can get a 4-pack, 2-liter Coke or Diet Coke that has a special price of $3.98 at Sam’s Club during the holiday season.
After getting the Coca-Cola home, I decided to fix a fancy dinner for my family that evening instead of waiting until Christmas. I wanted to surprise them all and also do a test run to make sure my ham was going to turn out delicious.
The ham is coated in a brown sugar/Dijon mustard mixture. Then, you take a Coke de Mexico and pour it over the ham and in the bottom of your baking dish.
Of course, if you have any left in the bottle, turn it up and drink it! You are making dinner for your family, so enjoy a little drink 🙂
I always top my ham with a few pineapple slices because pineapple makes everything taste better, right? Plus, after the pineapple bake on the ham, they get crusty and delicious and it is my favorite part of the dish.
Bake the ham according to package directions — usually around 2 1/2 to 3 hours. During that time, keep basting your ham with the Coca-Cola juices in the bottom of the dish. The sugars in the juice caramelize on the ham making it have this crunchy outer layer.
While my ham was cooking, my daughter and I decided to deck out our table and try something new for dinner. We normally don’t make things fancy, but we wanted to really make it special, so she set out our pretty plates, complete with napkins and silverware, and I made our candles.
Now — I am all about reusing and upcycling, so instead of throwing away the glass bottles, I found some star lights and created festive twinkling light centerpieces to grace our table.
All you have to do is clean out the bottles and make sure they are dry on the inside, and then fish your light wires down into the bottle.
Then, wrap a few on the outside and leave the battery pack on the table. You can use flowers, or other things to cover and hid the battery pack.
Then, when the ham is done, set it between the two bottles for a beautiful and gorgeous holiday table. We even brought out our fancy wine glasses for a real festive feel!
Making your family feel special is always something fun and I love that I could do that this time around.The next time you want to create a fun and festive evening for your family, be sure to pick up a 24 pack of Coke de Mexico Glass bottles from Sam’s Club.
What about you? What recipe makes your family feel special?