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Ham Steaks with honey an’ shit

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When I was a young lad (although I did get told I was still a young lad today… Granted it was by a sixty-something-year-old. I guess that shit is comparative to your current situation. What evs)… Anyway, when I was a child once a week we would have ham steaks with pineapple for dinner. Whoa. Settle down now. That’s not what I’m making tonight. I can remember it vividly though; a thick round of over processed meat that, for the purpose of this exercise, shall be known as ham, pan-fried and topped with a ring of “Golden Circle” pineapple. We loved it. I think we may have been carnies in the early years… Suppressed memories? Could be. Blatant denial? Probably. Just didn’t happen? Most likely. But that’s just how my story telling goes. Always back to the carnie…

So tonight I cook ham steaks. Kind of Christmassy really. Yeah, have this for Christmas lunch. I dare you! But I’m doing them with the best ham I can find at the butcher up the road (pretty glad right now that he does a really really good ham), the pineapple can eff off just because its not really my thing and I’ll serve it with apple slaw. You just can’t escape slaw at Foodisthebestshitever 90210. Slaw and a whole heap of randomness. I don’t even know if Pauly is a fan of slaw. He might secretly hate my posts for it… Something I’ll learn to live with I guess.

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The slaw (get this done before you even start the ham)
1/4 drumhead (big green) cabbage, shredded as fine as your little hands can shred it. A mandoline is good for this…
1 carrot, grated
1 apple, grated (granny smith would be my choice (that’s an apple PS. Not a perverted sexual preference))
1 bulb of fennel, shredded (I didn’t have one today but I have it on good authority ie. me, that it will work great guns. I did manage to steal a few baby fennel fronds from our garden though)
1tablespoon apple cider vinegar
Enough homemade or good quality mayonnaise to coat it to your liking. I am the mayonnaise nazi remember?
• Mix all ingredients quick smart so your apple doesn’t oxidize (turn brown)

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The ham
1 lump of ham, sliced thick like your step father
1-2 tablespoons of honey
• Lets douse that ham in honey and fry it up. 2-3 minutes each side on a med-high heat
• Now that’s a ham steak
• Remove the ham from the pan and add two tablespoons of water to the caramelised honey. Add another tablespoon of honey too, if you’re keen
• Warm through just to make a nice sweet glaze
• Sauce up your ham and eat it in your face

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And next up… our roving reviewer, Liz McGuiness*

*May not be her actual name (Defo isn’t her actual name. Sounds pretty good though, eh)

15 comments on “Ham Steaks with honey an’ shit

  1. Ben Gaiarin says:

    Your spectacular ham steak reminds me of the honey baked ham my grandma always used to get during the holidays! However, it wasn’t too long ago, considering I am only a young, teenage lad. This ham steak would be a great alternative!

  2. One of my daughters’ favourite meals…and one of the few times she will eat honey (this and honey soy chicken)…very noice 🙂

    1. Yeah. I haven’t had it for years but I’ll cook it again fer sure!

  3. paul macnish says:

    for the record I do like slaw even though I never make it for myself (maybe I really do hate it… huh) but I like you and that enough 🙂
    Plus I know this is going to send a shock wave through the chefing community but i love pineapple with meat, yes I effing do… I love it on pizza’s in sweet and sour pork and with caramelised pork and prawn in a tamarind toffee… ummm pineapple

    1. Good then. I’m more then happy with pork with Thai three flavour sauce, or sweet and sour. Not a fan of pineapple on pizzas though… Who cares? Not even me.

  4. Conor Bofin says:

    Lovely looking ham steak and nice sides. Keep up the good work. One small criticism, if I may. Get them to wear shirts for dinner. It does not offend but it makes me jealous. It’s freezing here in Dublin!
    Best,
    Conor

    1. Cheers. I was thinking it looked it bit white trash dodgy but when it’s still 30C at 6:30pm…

      1. Conor Bofin says:

        3C at 9.30 PM…..

      2. And that, my friend, is why I’m living in Oz! 🙂

      3. Conor Bofin says:

        The Wife has lots of family in Perth. My best friend and mentor of old is in Melbourne and a good friend is about to bail to Sidney in January. There will be no room for me at this rate.

      4. Always room for some more. May have to sneak in the back door though…

  5. Man Fuel says:

    Never thought of putting honey on a ham steak, but it totally makes sense. I’m going to give this a try. Great and simple.

    1. Cheers. Honey and ham truly belong together. I hope they get married and have beautiful honey ham babies and… and… hmmm

      1. chefdantes says:

        Little hambies perhaps….

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