Thursday, May 24, 2012

Tantalizing Thursday-Coca Cola 600 Edition

Welcome to Tantalizing Thursday on Chief 187™Chatter.

The NASCAR gang has stayed in Charlotte for the Memorial Day Sunday marathon race the Coca Cola 600 run at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

This event, the longest on the NASCAR circuit, is capping off a full day of racing that begins with the Monaco Grand Prix (F1), moves into the Inianapolis 500 (IndyCar), and concludes with the Coca Cola 600.

With all of that racing to watch, food is needed to sustain peak spectatorship!

This week’s focus is recipes prepared with Coca Cola in honor of the NASCAR race with Coke in the title.

Crock Pot Cola Ham by Jamie Renee
Recipe found on


3 -4 lbs fully cooked boneless ham
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 tablespoon mustard
2 (12 ounce) cans Coca-Cola


Remove ham from packaging.

Lightly score ham in diagonal lines first one way, then crosswise, to form a diamond pattern, being careful not to cut any deeper than about an eighth of an inch. (You can score both sides if you like).

Make a paste of brown sugar and mustard (I used Boar's Head Honey Mustard).

Rub paste into ham on sides that have been lightly scored.

Transfer to crock pot.

Pour in two cans of coca cola into bottom of pot, not pouring directly over ham to wash away brown sugar paste.

Cook on low 7-8 hours.

This recipe will produce a succulent, sweet, and juicy ham that is high on flavor and low on effort. Using the Crock Pot in summer is also convenient as it does not heat the kitchen like a traditional oven. Start this before your fun-filled summer day and return to have a scrumptious ham dinner waiting for you.

Ham goes beautifully with a cheesy potato or sweet potatoes and a green vegetable. Serve up some biscuits to go with and you have yourself a brilliant dinner that reinvents itself for breakfast the next morning!

What’s a fabulous dinner without an equally fabulous dessert? Who wants to know? I sure don’t so here is a terrific ending for the ham dinner or any spectacular (or less than spectacular) meal.

Coca Cola Cake
Recipe found on
From Southern Living Magazine (2002)


1 cup Coca-Cola
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 cup butter or margarine, softened
1 3/4 cups sugar
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup cocoa
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 cups miniature marshmallows
Coca-Cola Frosting
Garnish: 3/4 cup chopped pecans, toasted


1. Combine Coca-Cola and buttermilk; set aside.

2. Beat butter at low speed with an electric mixer until creamy. Gradually add sugar; beat until blended. Add egg and vanilla; beat at low speed until blended.

3. Combine flour, cocoa, and soda. Add to butter mixture alternately with cola mixture; begin and end with flour mixture. Beat at low speed just until blended.

4. Stir in marshmallows. Pour batter into a greased and floured 13- x 9-inch pan. Bake at 350° for 30 to 35 minutes. Remove from oven; cool 10 minutes. Pour Coca-Cola Frosting over warm cake; garnish, if desired.

5. Note: Don't make the frosting ahead--you need to pour it over the cake shortly after baking.

Coca Cola Frosting


1/2 cup butter or margarine
1/3 cup Coca-Cola
3 tablespoons cocoa
1 (16-ounce) package powdered sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract


Bring first 3 ingredients to a boil in a large saucepan over medium heat, stirring until butter melts. Remove from heat; whisk in sugar and vanilla.

I can’t think of a better way to pass a full day of racing that ends with fanfare with the Coca Cola 600. With a tasty ham dinner and a truly tantalizing Coca Cola cake, NASCAR and Coca have never been better together!

I want to wish everyone a safe and Happy Memorial Day weekend and implore you to donate money for a poppy being sold by a veteran and thank every service person for their duty.

Please join me tomorrow as I close the week with the ever-popular and interactive Friday Music Blog on Chief 187™Chatter.