Thursday, 31 December 2009

hams and ribs

Ok, here are the recipes i promised to share.

Sticky Ribs

The thing i like about ribs is that they're always good for parties. there's not many people that don't like them (if there are, stick a few salted ones in the oven for fussy people). Also, a little money goes a long way when buying ribs. I managed to buy enough to feed 6 people for £5. I adjusted this recipe from Nigella lawson's recipe for Sticky Ribs. It was awesome, a little bit of kick to it and wonderfully juicy ribs. I'll be making this again.

200ml Sweet Chilli Dipping sauce (thai or chinese)
100ml Dark Soy Sauce
1 clemantine (substitute a tangerine or satsuma if necessary)
thumb sized piece of fresh ginger
about 25 - 30 ribs

1. Take your ribs out of their packaging and lay out flat in your intended baking tray. I bought disposable ones because the thought of cleaning up rib mess with a potential hangover was more than i could bear.

2. Mix the soy and chilli sauces together in a bowl. Grate in the ginger. Cut the clemantine in half width ways and squeeze the juice into the sauce. Cut the clemantine up into chunks and add. Stir well to mix together.

3. Pour the sauce all over the ribs and stick them back in the fridge. ideally overnight, but you can just leave them in there for a few hours and the sauce should get into them pretty well. Remember to move the ribs around in the sauce a few times to make sure they're well coated and absorbing all the goodness.

4. Take your ribs out of the fridge and preheat the oven to 180C/Gas 4. Cover the backing tray with foil and bake the ribs for 30 mins. Take out of the oven and turn the ribs over and return to oven for another 30 mins. The foil and low-ish temp in this step allows the ribs to steam and become really juicy and the meat practically falls off the bone.

5. Remove foil and return to the oven for another 25 minutes at Gas 6/200C to allow the sauce to go really sticky and the ribs become dark and juicy.

Marmelade Glazed ham in Coke

This recipe was cobbled together from two different recipes, Jamie Oliver's recipe for Marmelade Glazed Ham and Nigella Lawson's recipe for Ham in Coca Cola

It was gone like a shot when i put it out on the table with some fresh bread. Boiling the ham in Coke sounds wrong, but it gives it an unbelievable sweet taste around the edges and the marmelade glaze tastes delicious. I would have stuck cloves in the fat to give an even more Christmassy taste, but not everyone likes the taste. Give it a whirl if you know everyone will love it!

750g boneless joint of unsmoked gammon
2 Litres of Coca Cola
half an onion
Good marmelade or orange preserve

1. Place the gammon skin side down in a large pot with an onion and cover with Coca Cola. Bring to the boil, reduce heat and simmer gently for 1 and a half hours. The meat with take on a really dark coating.

2. preheat the oven to 180C/Gas mark 4. After boiling, remove the ham from heat and pop the joint in a roasting tin. Remove the skin leaving a layer of fat about 5mm deep, score the fat in a crisscross fashion and and pop back into the oven for 20 mins to render and go crispy.

3. Remove from the oven and slather marmelade all over the fat. Add cloves at the intersection of each crisscross if wanted. Return to the oven for 25 minutes, remove, baste and repeat for a further 25 mins.

4. Remove from the oven, allow to rest for 25 minutes before serving.

I can't encourage you strongly enough to try the ham in coke thing. It was amazing.

Enjoy your celebrations tonight if you're having them! Tomorrow i'll share my recipe for Honey and Mustard glzed ham on the bone!

Happy New Year!

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