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Old 11-30-2011, 11:02 AM   #1
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Ham steaks

We butchered a pig last week and instead of having the hams smoked (we have a ham still remaining from the last pig), I had the guys cut the hams into steaks. The meat is totally a different texture from that of the loin, ribs, and shoulders. Do I need to do anything different when cooking the hams? I like to bake pork chops - will I be able to bake the ham steaks? Should they be fried? Do I need to brine them? Thanks!

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Old 11-30-2011, 11:11 AM   #2
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We love smoked ham.

I like to pan fry a smoked ham steak then remove it from the pan and fry/saute bitter greens (I like turnip greens but collards, mustard or kale are also good) in the pan drippings with some butter and spices added.

Pan fried smoked ham steak, turnip greens (frozen with turnip pieces) fried in ham drippings, butter & spices, baby Red & Yukon potatoes (boiled, drained then smashed and tossed with butter & parsley), steamed broccoli, cauliflower & carrots.



Or fry it and add to split pea soup

Split Pea Soup (sautéed chopped smoked ham steak and onions, chopped carrots, chopped potatoes, split peas, water, salt, ground peppercorns and liquid hickory smoke).

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Old 11-30-2011, 11:14 AM   #3
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You could use the ham steaks to make braises such as a pork pot roast. You could probably pan fry them in an onion gravy.
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Old 11-30-2011, 12:17 PM   #4
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The hams weren't smoked, just straight from the pig, cut into 1/2 inch steaks.
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Old 11-30-2011, 12:24 PM   #5
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The hams weren't smoked, just straight from the pig, cut into 1/2 inch steaks.
OOPS sorry I miss read the OP.

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Old 11-30-2011, 12:36 PM   #6
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If they are ottoo thick, maybe 3/4" thick try grilling or broiler them. I use a barbeque sauce on them afther I flip them. A mustard based sauce really work on them. Good Lusk
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If they weren't smoked, how do they differ from pork steaks?
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If they weren't smoked, how do they differ from pork steaks?
Pork steaks may be from another part of the animal. Fresh ham steaks are just slices of the hog's rear leg.
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Pork steaks may be from another part of the animal. Fresh ham steaks are just slices of the hog's rear leg.
I never see pork steaks around here that aren't sliced up Boston butt. I would love to try other parts of the pig in steak form, like a fresh ham steak. I know those steaks are out there, just not around here
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I don't recall seeing them around here either. Fresh hams, yes, fresh ham steaks, not yet.
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