Friday, October 28, 2016

Ham Steak with Apple Walnut Glace

     A Tasty Ham Steak!
     Fruit sauces often accompany ham.  Fruit sauces for ham are usually garnished with pieces of fruit.  Depending on how the fruit is cut, the sauce can have a refined or rustic appearance.
     Apples and walnuts are a classic combination.  Both apples and walnuts taste good with ham, so a sauce made with these items will taste good with ham too.  Walnuts add a comfortable warm flavor and some crunch to the sauce.
     The word "glace" literally refers to glass, ice or something that has a glassy appearance.  The same can be said about the culinary context of this word.  Glace can refer to ice, something made with ice, cake icing or a sauce that has a glassy appearance.  A shiny translucent glaze sauce can be called glace.
     Most boneless ham steaks require very little cooking time, because the cured ham is already cooked.  It is just a matter of heating the ham steak to a serving temperature.  Cooking till a few caramelized highlights appear will increase flavor, without drying out the meat.

     Apple Walnut Glace:
     This recipe yields about 2/3 cup.  (1 generous portion)
     This is a simple reduction sauce that only takes about 15 minutes to make.
     Step 1:  Peel and core 1 medium size apple.  (Gala Apple is good choice.)
     Cut the apple into thin wedges.
     Step 2:  Heat a sauce pot over medium heat.
     Add 1/2 tablespoon of unsalted butter.
     Add the apple wedges.
     Add 3 tablespoons of coarsely chopped walnut pieces.
     Sauté till the apple wedges start to become tender.
     Step 3:  Add 1 1/4 cups of water.
     Add 1/2 teaspoon of lemon juice.
     Add 1/4 cup brown sugar.
     Add 1 clove.
     Add 1 pinch of allspice.
     Add 1 pinch of cinnamon.
     Add 1 pinch of sea salt.
     Bring the liquid to a gentle boil.
     Step 4:  Reduce the temperature to medium low heat.
     Simmer and reduce till the sauce a medium thin consistency that can glaze a spoon.
     Step 5:  Keep the sauce warm over very low heat.
     Add 1 teaspoon of unsalted butter while stirring, just before serving.
     Ham Steak with Apple Walnut Glace:
     This recipe yields 1 hearty entrée.
     Step 1:  Select a 10 to 12 ounce boneless ham steak.
     Heat a griddle or sauté pan over medium/medium low heat.
     Add 1/2 tablespoon of unsalted butter.
     Add the ham steak.
     Grill the ham steak till it becomes hot and a few golden brown highlights appear.
     Step 2:  Place the ham steak on the front half of a plate.
     Spoon a generous amount of the Apple Walnut Glace over the ham steak.  (Try to mound the apples and walnuts on the ham.)
     Serve with a potato and vegetable of your choice.
     Garnish the plate with an Italian Parsley sprig.

     This is a nice tasting ham steak entrée that is easy to make!

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