I’m increasingly finding many uses for gammon these days, but this new discovery of slow cooker cola gammon is so delicious and easy. Oh, and it’s Slimming World friendly at 2 syns for the lot!
And as it’s one of the cheaper cuts, I keep challenging myself to new combinations as a little goes a long when feeding a large family.
And for yesterday’s dinner, I decided to create this low syn recipe diet cola in the slow cooker and oh my, it tastes so good!
One problem I find though, is how salty gammon can be and think it can often limit its uses. So, what I always do without fail is leave it to simmer away in fresh water to remove any excess, scum and bits of fat you might have struggled to cut off.
Then I discard the water and continue with pretty much any gammon recipe as usual. This meat juice isn’t even fit for a dog. In fact, it’s dangerous, but that’s for another day, but leads to urgent “Mummy, I need to go pee” whining, followed by excessive toilet trips any time, any place and. I’ve definitely learnt my lesson.
Also, I like to eliminate that bloaty feeling where I’m constantly feeling the need to reach for a glass of water. *My first ever experience after cooking campfire stew when I first discovered it.
EASY STEP COLA GAMMON
You can scroll down for the exact recipe to follow, but to ensure it is low syn, then as with all Slimming World meats, the fat needs to be trimmed. This is particularly important as we’ll be covering the joint in honey before caramelise in the oven.
It can be a bit tricky cutting off every scrap, but the more you take time, the more you can ensure you’re protecting your weight loss. For this, I use my Mercer Culinary knife which is really sharp.
Also, any fats you do manage to leave behind will seep in to the cola stock which you’re unlikely to use again. However, if you want to, you can leave it to turn cold and scoop any solid fats that rise to the top, but there shouldn’t much at all.
To infuse it with more depth, I add a bay leaf, peppercorns, onion, spice, followed by carrots for sweetness. This takes me back to cooking Gordon Ramsey’s honey glaze gammon and I’m sure he’s mentioned before that he reuses the stock, (although but he didn’t cook with cola!)
Apart from peeling the carrot for the flavour to run quickly, try not to be too perfect when chopping these as you won’t use them again as we’re only using them for taste. All the flavours will have dispersed in to what is now stock and they’ll now be bland on their own. Believe me, I hate waste and have tried adding them to a future recipe.
However, I have used the cola stock in a soup before and it gives a really interesting teriyaki taste which, if thickened (albeit with something sugary perhaps), would probably make a great stir fry flavour. It’s a recipe that keeps on giving idea after idea.
ADDING COLA OR ANY OTHER DIET POP
The part I love the most is adding diet cola. It’s not only cheap and convenient for instant flavour in a bottle, but how many children don’t like fizzy drinks?
It’s so magical that it makes it special enough for the perfect Christmas roast joint and can in fact be cooked with any size, providing you can fit it in your slow cooker. But just remember, to up the honey portion for a bigger surface are of the joint.
However, it doesn’t just have to be diet cola. Why not try diet Fanta orange combined with cloves or perhaps Jamaican Jerk seasoning? Or diet Dr Pepper? Dandelion and Burdock (although I bet that tastes better than the drink). Just make sure you always check the syn value as “diet” doesn’t always mean syn free.
DO I NEED A SLOW COOKER?
Not at all. You could simmer away in a large lidded pan on the hob until tender and cook it much quicker. It might need around an hour for a very small joint, but I usually hob cook a 3kg for 3 hours on a rolling simmer.
I find recipes take a while to warm up and get started in the slow cooker, but I’m guessing most of you are busy like me, so having it cooking in a pot I can plug in is huge peace of mind that it doesn’t matter if I forget about a hob and burn a pan or cause a fire.
However, to finish it off, you will need to drain it, give it a coating of honey for the glaze, then roast it in the oven for a final 20 minutes. I never used to bother turning half way, but now I make sure and rub the gammon around the tray as most will run off and caramelize on the metal.
GETTING THE PERFECT SLICES
When you remove all the fat (and the extra plastic wrapping), particularly on the smaller 500-700g joints that are most common in supermarkets, I often find the gammon breaks away in chunks and has lost its integrity.
These are very affordable, but they’re more suited for pulled gammon and are difficult for the aesthetic Christmas day slice.
Instead, you’re better off opting for a bigger joint which is usually on offer, so try to shop around and cut with either a sharp carving knife or something that gives great results is my Judge electric knife. It’s so much easier if you want to spread the joint longer and opt for finer cuts.
STORING YOUR LEFTOVER GAMMON
If you want your leftovers to last longer in the fridge, then try not to cut it up in to slices before storing. I usually place in one of the many storage tubs I recycle while it’s a whole as it can be and leave up to 5 days.
Cutting it up in slices gives it more surface area to breath and grow bacteria quicker. Others ways my gammon lasts longer is to cook another meal out of it and if we don’t eat it quick enough, I freeze the new meal.
If you want to cook it ahead of a special day, then you could wrap it well in clingfilm and foil, then keep it in the freezer for up to a month. But ensure you defrost thoroughly before heating it as you could impair the quality.
With its caramelized fun nature, it’s a very versatile dish. Not only do we enjoy cola gammon on our Sunday roast and Christmas dinner laden with all the gravy, it’s also great as an easy casual weekday meal.
My fiance often requests that leftovers be served with eggs, chips, beans and onion rings. But I do like to add a slice of fresh pineapple for some tang.
Ok, so there isn’t any SW speed food when served like this. There’s no harm in it necessarily, but you may be at risk of maintaining your weight if that’s not what you want.
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Slimming World Slow Cooker Diet Cola Gammon – (2 Syns the Lot)
A sweet and delicious slow cooker 2 syn family cola gammon. It's as easy as 1-2-3!
- 1 kg gammon joint, all fat removed (or bigger if you wish)
- 1.5 ltr diet coke
- 1 onion chopped
- 1 medium carrot peeled & chopped
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 bay leaf
- 12 peppercorns
- 2 tsp runny honey 2 syns
Remove all fat from the gammon.
Then place it in a pan, covered with water and boil for 10 minutes to remove any excess salt and scum.
Discard the water and place the gammon in a slow cooker along with all the herbs, spices and veg.
Now pour over the cola.
Place the lid on top and cook on high for 3-4 hours or low for 6-7.
Once cooked, preheat your oven on 200 degrees.
Remove the gammon from the juice and brush with the runny honey.
Place the gammon in a roasting dish and cook in the oven for 20 minutes until golden, turning half way and slice to serve.
And it would be pretty awesome if you tag me on Instagram (@TastefullyVikkie) with your food pic if you do give it a go.