Ham Steaks With Caramelized Applesauce

Ham Steaks With Caramelized Apple Sauce
Photo (c) John Mitzewich
Prep: 30 mins
Cook: 20 mins
Total: 50 mins
Servings: 4 to 6 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
484 Calories
18g Fat
54g Carbs
27g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 to 6
Amount per serving
Calories 484
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 18g 23%
Saturated Fat 7g 36%
Cholesterol 114mg 38%
Sodium 1820mg 79%
Total Carbohydrate 54g 19%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Protein 27g
Calcium 67mg 5%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Applesauce is a natural with ham steaks, even that stuff in the jar is pretty good with it, but when you use freshly sautéed apple slices it becomes a whole other experience.


  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup apple cider or juice
  • Pinch of cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 4 firm apples (Granny Smith, or any good cooking apple), peeled, cored, cut into quarters, and then each quarter into 4 slices (16 slices per apple).
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 2 pounds ham steaks, cut into serving size pieces, or freshly baked ham slices

Steps to Make It

  1. In a small bowl, whisk together the brown sugar, cider vinegar, apple cider or juice, cinnamon, and Dijon mustard. Reserve until needed. Prep the apples as directed.

  2. Melt the 2 tablespoons of the butter in a large skillet over high heat. As soon as the butter melts, wait half a minute and add the apples. Sauté for 3 to 4 minutes, or until the edges start to brown slightly.

  3. Pour in the reserved mixture, turn the heat down to medium-high and cook until the apples are tender and the liquid has reduced down to a glaze. If the liquid begins to get too thick before the apples are tender, just add a splash of water and continue cooking.

  4. Taste and season with salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste. It may seem odd to add salt and black pepper to an ​applesauce, but it's a very important flavor component.

  5. Melt one tablespoon of butter in the skillet, and gently warm the ham steaks over medium-low heat. Remember, the ham is already cooked, so you just want it warmed up, not re-cooked. Serve with the hot apples spooned over the top.

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