If you're thinking about cooking a ham steak dinner, you don't need a grill or an oven; you can just as easily do it on the stove. Just follow this quick and simple ham steak recipe, as well as these food safety recommendations, and you should be all set.
Cooking Ham Steak: Safety Recommendations
The USDA explains that taking a few safety precautions when you handle food — and meat in particular — is important because it can help prevent foodborne diseases. Approximately 525,000 cases of infections are caused by the consumption of pork in the United States every year, according to a study published in the journal Epidemiology and Infection in October 2017.
The USDA recommends keeping an eye out while you buy the ham; avoid buying meat in packaging that is torn or has leaks and don't buy it if it's past its expiration date. When you get home, refrigerate the ham immediately. Keeping it outside the fridge for more than two hours gives harmful bacteria a chance to multiply and contaminate the food.
Keep the ham wrapped up tight while it's in the fridge to help preserve its quality and prevent its juices from coming in contact with other foods in the fridge. Known as cross-contamination, this can increase your chances of falling sick. If you're freezing the ham, adding an extra layer of foil or plastic wrap on top of the original packaging can help maintain the quality of the meat.
The USDA advises you wash your hands with warm, soapy water for at least 20 seconds before and after you handle the food. Keep the ham away from the other ingredients you use, and wash your knives, cutting boards, utensils and countertops with hot water and soap after you finish cooking.
Ham Steak Recipe
Follow this honey-glazed ham steak recipe if you're cooking a ham steak dinner. The recipe pairs the ham with dandelion greens, for additional fiber and nutrition.
You will need:
- 1 cured pork ham steak
- Cooking oil, like vegetable oil or olive oil, to coat the pan
- 1 tablespoon of honey
- 1 tablespoon of balsamic vinegar
- 1 bunch of dandelion greens
- 2 teaspoons of chopped fresh dill
- Kosher salt and cracked red pepper, to taste
Here's what you need to do:
- Heat the cooking oil: Put a little cooking oil in a heavy skillet, until the bottom of the pan is lightly coated. Heat it over medium heat. Once the oil starts to shimmer, add the ham steak to the skillet.
- Cook the ham steak: Cook the ham until the edges start to brown, then turn it over and cook the other side. Drizzle the honey over the steak and let it melt, then take the ham out of the skillet and set it aside. The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services says that the ham should cross an internal temperature of 145 degrees Fahrenheit, as measured by a food thermometer, to be considered safe for consumption.
- Steam the greens: Add the balsamic vinegar, dandelion greens and g fresh dill to the skillet that has the leftover ham and honey drippings. Cook the greens over medium heat, stirring them until they are coated with the sauces. Turn the heat down and cover the pan, stirring it every few minutes. Let the greens steam until they are wilted. Add salt and pepper, to taste.
- Serve the meal: Put the ham steak on top of the greens and cover the skillet. Let it cook on low heat for about 2 minutes. Serve the ham steak dinner immediately.
According to the USDA, a 3-ounce serving of ham steak provides 79.8 calories, 15 grams of protein, 2 grams of fat and 1 gram of carbohydrates.
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- U.S. Department of Agriculture: “Keep Food Safe! Food Safety Basics”
- Epidemiology and Infection: “Outbreaks Attributed to Pork in the United States, 1998-2015”
- U.S. Department of Health & Human Services: “Safe Minimum Cooking Temperatures Charts”
- U.S. Department of Agriculture: “Ham Steak”
- Texas Farmers’ Market: “Market Recipe: Honey-Glazed Ham and Bitter Greens”