Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Tasty ham and a broken oven

Ham Steak With Spicy Mustard Sauce
Minutemeals 3 Ways to Dinner Copyright 2002

1 fully-cooked reduced-sodium ham steak (16 ounces) I used turkey ham
½ cup peach or apricot preserves I used apricot
½ cup Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons white wine vinegar I used red wine vinegar
1/8 to ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper or hot pepper sauce I used hot sauce

1. Preheat the broiler. Line a broiler pan with aluminum foil.
2. Trim the ham steak, cut it into 4 pieces, and pat them dry with paper towels. Place the pieces on the broiler pan rack.
3. In a small bowl, stir together the apricot preserves, mustard, vinegar and cayenne. Brush one quarter of the sauce over the ham pieces. Broil 4 to 6 inches from the heat for 4 minutes. Turn the pieces and brush with some of the sauce. Broil for 4 minutes, until the ham is heated, browned and glazed. Serve the remaining sauce in a small bowl along side the ham. I didn't find it necessary to serve it with the extra sauce.

I had some turkey ham left over after making the broccoli-ham soup and I was going to freeze it but I happened to come across this recipe. Easy as pie and much better than just plain ham. It was a nice balance of sweet and spicy. I only had 4 or 5 pieces of ham so I cut this recipe in half (the full recipe is printed above) and still had a lot of sauce left over so I should have quartered it.

This cookbook walks you through an entire menu to get dinner on the table in a short amount of time. I only made the ham and to be honest, I can't remember what they served it - squash and broccoli I think - but I made an impromptu pasta salad to go along with it here.

Nothing fancy on the menu this week since I've been preparing for my son's second birthday party on Saturday. And wouldn't you know it, the bake element in my oven crapped out so I'm waiting impatiently for it to arrive in time for me to make the cake or (horrors!!!) I'll have to serve a store-bought cake. Until the oven is fixed, I have to work around it. It doesn't seem like that would be too difficult with a stovetop, microwave, toaster oven, George Foreman grill, a deep fryer and a crockpot to cook my food with (and, a gas grill outside too) but I miss my oven.


The Cookbook Junkie said...

It's just Wacky Mac veggie spirals, chopped sweet onions, chopped celery and a dressing of mayo, canola oil, vinegar and some sugar.

Tricia said...

Oh no, on the birthday cake front! I'd planned to have my youngest son's 2nd birthday a few days after his actual birthday, because we were starting a kitchen remodel on his actual birthday. After I planned this, I realized that meant we would be without an oven. That was my our 13th kid-birthday party and 1st with a store-bought "cake" (actually: giant chocolate chip cookie, since I don't like store-bought cake frosting!). And when the eldest turned 8 in the fall, we bought an ice cream cake.

But good luck getting yours fixed in time!