Peppered Ham

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  • Yield 6 servings
  • Prep 10 mins
  • Cook 5 mins

Thick-sliced ham gets doused with pepper and brown sugar in this easy main dish.

Hot, sweet and deliciously browned, this is a nothing-to-it, last-minute treat that makes ordinary breakfast ham a bit special. Start by going to your favorite deli or specialty shop and ordering ¼-inch thick ham slices, allowing one per serving.

Ingredients

6 -- (1/4-inch-think) slices ham, cut in half to make half-rounds
-- Freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons dark brown sugar

Instructions

  1. Cut off excess fat from ham and grease a cast-iron skillet with it. Place skillet over medium-high heat. When hot, add ham, sprinkle with black pepper, and cook, pressing down with a spatula, 1 to 2 minutes.
  2. Flip ham over. Sprinkle each slice with black pepper and 1 teaspoon brown sugar.
  3. When the second side has browned, about 1 to 2 minutes, flip ham, sugar side down. Cook 15 seconds. Remove to a warmed plate and cover with foil.

Passover variation: Prepare soysage according to package directions. Follow step 3 above. Or use smoked salmon instead of ham or sausage as a side dish.

Recipe by Crescent Dragonwagon.

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