Friday, June 10, 2011

FFwD - Cola and Jam Spareribs


You are probably just as surprised as I am to find that recalcitrant me has actually completed a French Friday with Dorie challenge by Friday instead of the following Sunday.  Hooray!

This week's challenge sounded very appealing to me - Cola and Jam Spareribs.  I have wanted to make Nigella Lawson's cola baked ham forever, so for me, this was the next best thing.  The recipe is dead simple - baste pork spare ribs with  melted apricot jam, bake them for a while, then finish off by baking them some more in a cup of cola.  As expected, the end result is sweet, sticky ribs, which are even better the next day.

I served my ribs with baked asparagus (again!) and a microwaved potato dusted with all purpose seasoning and filled with cottage cheese, and some Outback Spirit Rosella and Cranberry Chutney on the side (which is fabulous in its own right - purchased from the Melbourne Good Food and Wine Show):


What can I say - this was seriously good!  Visit the FFwD LYL section to see some more great rib serving suggestions.

29 comments:

Lauren Hairston said...

I'm intrigued. I prefer sweet ("Texas style") BBQ, so this sounds like it would be right up my alley. Bring on the wet wipes!

jillbert said...

It sounds like this was a big hit with you! It doesn't sound all that French, but Dorie would know better than I would.

Cher said...

Glad you enjoyed!
Mine didn't make it to the next day - it's good to hear that they were even better.

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said...

That looks delicious! And I think I have that exact same chutney in my pantry! :)

Johanna GGG said...

wow that sounds like an amazing sauce - my mind is already ticking over on ways to make this vegetarian

chefpandita.com said...

I think this is the first time I make FFWD's recipe BEFORE Friday! I always cook/bake the same day. Hooray for being on time! I am glad you enjoyed this dish. These ribs didn't have the same luck at my house.

Kris' Kitchen said...

Good to read that you liked the ribs...we thought flavor was lacking, but we are used to adding BBQ sauce, etc...so we just added it again for this meal and it was really good. The ribs were tender and juicy and with the additional sauce the flavor was great too, but your post is interesting to me as you liked the flavor without additional ingredients.

Allison said...

My ribs didn't turn out so well. So glad you liked this recipe though!

Lizzy said...

Way to make the deadline!!! :) Your ribs look fabulous! Glad you enjoyed these, too~

yummychunklet said...

Your ribs look great! And kudos for serving them with something healthy.

Pam @ From Apples To Zucchini said...

I made ours closer to how you made yours, I was out of OJ and ginger, so mine was more out of being too lazy to go to the store! But, they did turn out pretty tasty just the same - your pictures look great!

Heather said...

Looks delicious!

Pachecopatty said...

Looks good to me- I'm glad you enjoyed the ribs. I'm not sure I'll make this recipe again but my husband sure did love it;-)

Ei said...

Looks good! I never heard of putting cottage cheese in a baked potato before. That's a neat idea. The farthest I've ever deviated from sour cream is plain yogurt. I'll have to give cottage cheese a shot.

Kate@Diethood said...

Finally I have found a Dorista, other than me, that really liked this. :) I too thought the ribs were excellent!

Les rêves d'une boulangère (Brittany) said...

I love pork spare ribs at the moment, but have no recipes for them whatsoever! Thank you!

MyBlackPoodle said...

Your ribs look great. It's interesting that you say you like them better the next day. I liked them at first, but it didn't appeal the next day.

Betsy said...

Glad you're back on the FFwD bus and that you liked the ribs. They fell flat at our house, but I'm hopeful about the roasted rhubarb. Have a great weekend.

Adriana said...

What a great meal! Now I wish I had some leftovers - I guess I'll have to make them again to find out.

Pamela said...

Ugh! I made these and forgot to post about them. Busy day here. They look stunning.

Brenda said...

That looks so easy and so delcious! Another one I have to try....thank you!

onewetfoot said...

We really enjoyed these - I'm not a fan of barbeque sauce, so this is a great alternative. Your ribs turned out beautifully.

Amanda said...

I've seen a few cola recipes - I think there is a chicken one out there somewhere - but I'v always been a bit skeptical about them. But if it works for Dorie, then who am I to argue!

Sis. Boom. said...

I loved it. And I also know what you know and that baked asparagus goes with EVERYTHING!

Hazel said...

YUM! What a meal! I really enjoyed Nigella's cola baked ham, this sounds so exciting!

The Caked Crusader said...

Fascinating! WOuld you know it was cola and jam or do the flavours meld to produce a sweet barbecue style sauce?

Cakelaw said...

Sis Boom, asparagus is fab with everything!

Hi Crusader, not really barbecue - it is quite sweet andnot that spicy despite the 5 spice and ginger.

The Blonde Duck said...

I LOVE ribs!

wholelarderlove.com said...

Those ribs look so tasty!!!