Cooking Challenge – Ham Steak

By / Food / September 10th, 2010 / Like

The Tidings Cooking Challenge is an opportunity for food lovers to try their hand at creating something together. Not all in the same kitchen, of course. Rather, try the recipe in your own time and then come back and tell us what you thought of it. You can add your comments directly underneath the post, or send a photo of your creation to [email protected].

Do you have a craving for steak, but don’t relish the thought of forking over $30 or more for a good cut of beef? Think ham steak. It’s a very tasty alternative for a quarter of the cost of the usual fare. Ham steak is thick (1/2 to 1 inch) round and cut from the centre of a cured leg of ham. It’s perfect for breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner. Although a butcher may be willing to slice a few steaks off a ham leg for you, buying and taking home a whole one may be the likelier scenario. Not to worry, though.

If you find yourself staring at a large portion of the leftover ham leg wondering how you’ll ever use it up, think about dividing it up for other uses. Chop some of it for use in omelettes or pasta. Slice some matchstick thin for use in salads. Divide the rest into slices for sandwiches. Then, wrap them up well, and store them in the freezer until they’re needed.

Once the leftovers have been dealt with, you’re ready to give this recipe a try.

Grilled Honey-Mustard Steak
Serves 4

2 Tbsp each honey and Dijon mustard

2 tsp ground pepper

1 centre-cut slice cooked ham (about 1 lb)

1. Mix honey, Dijon, vinegar and pepper to make a glaze.

2. Place ham steak on a hot grill. As meat cooks, brush several times with glaze; turn the steak over frequently. When meat is heated through, remove to platter.

Serve with a side of sautéed white grapes, Jasmine rice and a glass of Chardonnay.


Rosemary Mantini has always loved words. When she isn't working as the Associate Editor at Tidings Magazine, she's helping others achieve their writing dreams, and sometimes she even relaxes with a good book and a glass of wine.

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