This is seriously the best ham I have ever eaten. I am sure of this because I do not like ham, not one little bit. But I LOVED this when I made it last night.
I think the reason I generally stay away from ham steaks is because after serving them right under my nose for years at Cracker Barrel, the first thing I notice about them is that sort of briney, fatty, overcured smell (and flavor) they so often come with. Ugh. I hate that smell.
Also, because I’ve never been much of a ham eater, I had no idea how to prepare ham, either, so I’ve generally stayed away from making it for my family in an attempt to save face in case I botched it.
But in this economy, I decided that any meat that sells for under $3.00 a pound and isn’t ground burger is worthy of revisiting, even if I don’t think I like it. This time, it was SO
worth my while, and the prepareation couldn’t have been simpler! Oh, and the finished product had not even a HINT of that sour, salty smell or flavor I feared going in.
Begin by melting 2 or 3 tablespoons butter/margarine in a deep skillet over medium heat. Do not let heat in skillet ever exceed medium to keep glaze from sticking or burning later.
Slice a 1-lb. center-cut ham steak into desired number of pieces and lay flat in
Into a small saucepan, drain the juice from an 8-ounce can of pineapple slices (reserve the actual
pineapple rings). To the juice, add 2 tablespoons jelly (I used apricot but apple would work) and 1/2 tablespoon spicy mustard. Stir the three ingredients over medium heat until smooth (this may take a few minutes).
Meanwhile, turn the buttered ham steaks as needed. Once the glaze is smooth, lay the actual pineapple slices down in the pan with the ham and pour the contents of the saucepan over the steaks and pineapple.
Keep skillet heat at medium. Turn often and allow to simmer for several minutes, or until ham begins to have a golden tint to it.
Serve ham steaks immediately topped with the pineapple rings. Spoon additional glaze over the steaks if desired.
A cheap can of bean salad and a couple microwaved sweet potatoes turn this simple creation into an attractive and satisfying meal! Our whole dinner, sides included, cost less than six dollars to make and tasted like a million bucks! The ham was SO juicy and tender…mmm!
I am a ham-hater no more! Yes, I like them, Sam I Am!