This ham steak with red-eye gravy is yet another quick and easy dinner to prepare. The ham steak is cooked in the pan until browned and then the gravy is prepared. The gravy has a great taste and gets a lot of flavor from ingredients such as maple syrup and instant espresso. The gravy uses the grease from the cooked bacon but the bacon itself is not actually used in the recipe. You could serve the bacon strips on the side, or I used them in a lettuce salad as a side dish. This recipe also goes great served with some sort of a casserole as a side dish. Enjoy.
- 1 (1 ¼ pound) bone-in ham steak
- ground black pepper
- 2 slices bacon
- 2 tablespoons finely chopped onion
- 1 teaspoon all-purpose flour
- 1 ½ cups chicken broth
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter (cut into 3 pieces and chilled)
- 2 teaspoon instant espresso powder
- Pat dry the ham with paper towels and season on both sides with pepper. Cook the bacon in a 12-inch skillet over medium heat until crisp (about 5 minutes). Remove the bacon from the pan (leaving the bacon grease in the pan). Reserve the bacon for another use. Add the ham steak to the skillet with the bacon fat and cook until browned on the first side, (about 5 minutes). Flip and cook on the other side until lightly browned. Transfer the ham to a plate and tent loosely with aluminum foil.
- Add onion to the now-empty skillet and cook until just beginning to brown, about 1 minute. Stir in the flour and cook for 15 seconds. Whisk in the chicken broth and maple syrup, while scraping up any brown bits stuck to the bottom of the pan. Bring to a simmer and cook until the mixture is reduced to about ¾ cup and is slightly thickened, 5-7 minutes.
- Remove from the heat. Whisk in the butter and espresso powder. Season with pepper to taste. Discard any juices on the ham platter. Carve the ham steak into 4 equal portions. Pour the red-eye gravy over the ham. Serve.