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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Glazed Ham Steak à la Jacques Pepin



From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...It's that time of year. The days may be getting shorter but a glance at the calendar shows an inverse relationship between demands on your time and the number of hours in a day. Scientists have yet to determine how many angels can dance on the head of a pin, but chances are you have the precise number at your fingertips. Family, work and community all have claimed your time and won't release their grasp until the holidays have passed and the new year wipes the ledger clean. So, you take a deep breath and soldier on, simplifying where you can and smiling where you can't. We all share the dilemma. I've found it helps to keep weekday meals as easy as is possible. This is the time of year I dig into the freezer for soups and stews or thumb through the recipes that simplified meals when I was still working. Today's recipe is an example of an old recipe that is given new life at this time of year. It is not gourmet fare but it was created by Jacques Pepin, a gourmet chef if ever there was one. I found the recipe in his The Short-Cut Book which was published in 1990. It is for a ham steak that can be on the table in 15 minutes. It gets no easier than that. If, by chance, you don't like the glaze featured here, substitute a favorite of your own. The occasional use of a ham steak for a quick meal is what I want to emphasize here and the Pepin recipe is a great way to illustrate that. I hope you'll give it a try.

Glazed Ham Steak...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite courtesy of Jacques Pepin

Ingredients:

1 (approximately 1 pound) ham steak, cut 1/2-inch thick
2 tablespoons ketchup
4 teaspoons brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon sriracha or other hot sauce
1 teaspoon dry mustard

Directions:
1) Preheat broiler. Wrap some foil around a broiler pan and place ham steak on foil.
2) Mix ketchup, brown sugar, hot sauce, and dry mustard until smooth. Brush on top of ham steak.
3) Place pan about 5 inches from broiler element. Cook until sauce caramelizes and the ham is heated through, about 5 minutes. Yield: 3 servings.









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26 comments:

Claudia said...

Love Jacques Pepin and still miss him on TV. The hot sauce was a welcome surprise. The ease of this makes it a "must-do."

Clint said...

Very timely. Woman says we are having ham tonight---gonna show her this.

From the Kitchen said...

My husband has "discovered" Jacques Pepin on our local PBS station and has done several of his recipes quite successfully. I'm going to pass this along to him. One would think I got my fill of ham while in Virginia but, no, I could eat it every day but would have to have a cardiologist on retainer!!

Best,
Bonnie

Lois said...

This is so off topic, but do you think the Crock-pot mushroom soup from Nov 5, 2009 could be 'assembled'the night before, and then cooked, or I guess I could cook it overnight and then reheat it. The recipes you post are really very exciting! Thank you, Lois.

Sue/the view from great island said...

This is great, Mary, I've avoided ham steaks because I grew up with a mom who made them all the time, and they were always completely plain, unless you count the canned pineapple rings she served with them ;) I'll give this one a try.

Rita said...

I love Jacques Pépin and as soon as I saw the name ; I knew I would it. Thank you Mary.
Rita

Ginny said...

Would you believe I have never cooked ham? It just kind of scares me, that I can't get the whole one heated, that it won't really be pre-cooked, etc. I guess all the ham steaks in the store are pre cooked. So I rely on the kindness of strangers and restaurants. But maybe I will try this one, I used to watch Jacques Pepin many, many years ago. and this looks fast and easy.

StephenC said...

I watch Jacques quite often, nearly daily, and enjoy his "Fast Food My Way." I would add just one thing to this recipe - poach the ham in boiled water off heat for 10minutes. Otherwise it is too salty.

Lynda said...

I watch Jacques Pepin on public television every so often and love his show. The addition of hot sauce would make this glaze delicious. Thanks Mary, I"m always looking for easier meals.

That Girl said...

Autumn brings on both the good and bad, doesn't it?

Nisrine M. said...

This is one gorgeous ham recipe. Lovely rendition of JP's recipe.

Maple Lane said...

Visiting with you via Peggy's Hidden Haven blog. The oatmeal cookies a few posts back are making me hungry. Thanks for all the great recipes. Have a great evening.

scratch-made wife said...

I love ham steaks so much. I haven't had one in forever, though. Thanks for the inspiration!

~~louise~~ said...

Jacques Pépin's recipe presented by you! It doesn't get much better than that, Mary!

Thank you so much for sharing...

Joanne said...

I've actually never had a ham steak but that glaze sounds fantastic!

Au and Target said...

I have never seen this before or heard of Mr Pepin. Interesting!

Dzoli said...

I love Pepin to and his cooking:) Loved his TV programmes with his daughter;0

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Thank you, Mary. I could use a few 15 minute ideas!! blessings ~ Tanna

Aldy @ Al Dente Gourmet said...

Beautiful steak recipe, Mary! And I love the presentation...so elegant! Gorgeous flavors and BTW that clam chowder looks scrumptious :) Have a wonderful day :)

HUGS <3

Shawn @ I Wash...You Dry said...

Mmmm...Haaaamm! I prefer ham over turkey...so un-American I know...

Rosemary said...

I bet the sriracha sauce adds a nice kick to the ham steak. You're right, everyone needs a quick meal like this. And Jacques Pepin was one of my first inspirations!

Wanna Be A Country Cleaver said...

Oh Jacques, I could listen to him all day and eat his food all night. Beautiful!! ~Megan

Carmie of the Single Nester said...

I have had a crush on Monsieur Pepin for quite a while!

Becki's Whole Life said...

I'm always looking for easy weeknight meals and I love a ham steak - especially if it has a nice glaze on it like this. I love Siracha, too. I just pinned this and will definitely be making it soon!

We Are Not Martha said...

Mmm I never think to make ham steak, but this looks SO delightful! I love Jacques Pepin, too :)

Sues

Rita said...

This was so good and I am making it again for supper; thank you Mary and Jacques.
Rita

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