I like to treat us to gammon steaks every now and again, and I usually like to shake things up a bit when I do. You can get a gammon steak grill at most pubs over here in the UK, served with chips and either a fried egg or a ring of pineapple on top. Neither one has ever really appealed to me. Today I created a curried pineapple sauce to serve with them instead and it went down a real treat!
Gammon is simply raw ham . . . you could use regular ham steaks for this, you just wouldn't have to cook them for quite as long because your ham is already cooked! (makes sense right?)
Gammon is the name given to the meat from the hind legs of a pig that has been cured in the same way as bacon. The main difference between gammon and ham is that gammon will be sold raw and needs to be cooked; ham is sold cooked or dry-cured and ready for eating.
This sauce is very simple. You can use fresh pineapple as I have done, or well drained tinned pineapple in juice. Both work very well.
I don't use a lot of curry powder in the sauce. Just a half a teaspoon of a medium curry powder. You could certainly use more or even a stronger curry powder if you like the flavour and the heat.
I didn't want to overwhelm the natural flavour of the gammon steaks with too much. There is also some maple syrup in there, for a North American touch along with both butter and dark brown sugar, just a touch.
Altogether it makes for a lovely sweet and tangy sauce with a hint of spice that goes so very well with the flavour of the gammon. I think you will enjoy!
*Gammon Steaks with Curried Pineapple Sauce*Serves 4
Simple, quick and easy with fabulous flavours! I served it with lemon rice and green and yellow haricot beans.
This is a dish the whole family will enjoy. Just a hint of spice for the grownups, but not so much that the kids get turned off either. I bet they will love it! Bon Appetit!