Background and History:
Ham steak, a timeless and delicious dish, has its origins in pork preservation techniques. In the past, hams were salted and smoked for long-term storage. Today, ham steak is a versatile and flavorful cut that can be prepared in a variety of ways. Coating it with brown sugar and pan-frying creates a sweet and savory delight.
- 2 ham steaks (about 8 ounces each)
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
- 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 2 tablespoons butter (for cooking)
- Fresh parsley or thyme for garnish (optional)
Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 15 minutes
- In a small bowl, combine brown sugar, Dijon mustard, apple cider vinegar, ground cloves, and ground black pepper. This mixture is your glaze.
- Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and melt the butter.
- Place the ham steaks in the skillet and sear them for about 3-4 minutes on each side until they are nicely browned.
- Pour the glaze over the ham steaks and let it cook for an additional 2-3 minutes, or until the glaze thickens and coats the ham steaks. Baste the ham steaks with the glaze as they cook.
- Remove the ham steaks from the skillet and let them rest for a few minutes before serving.
- Optionally, garnish with fresh parsley or thyme.
Nutrition Facts: (Per serving)
- Calories: 350
- Total Fat: 14g
- Saturated Fat: 6g
- Cholesterol: 80mg
- Sodium: 1500mg
- Total Carbohydrates: 18g
- Dietary Fiber: 1g
- Sugars: 16g
- Protein: 35g
- Ham steak pairs wonderfully with a side of mashed potatoes or steamed vegetables.
- Adjust the brown sugar and spices to suit your desired level of sweetness and flavor.
- Be cautious of any mustard or spice allergies among your diners. Adapt the recipe as needed to accommodate any dietary restrictions or allergies.