Ham steaks are one of my favorite comfort meals. And I am reinventing a classic brunch recipe for a modern gathering with these maple-glazed ham steaks with red-eye gravy.
This is one of those recipes that is SO easy to make you can spend more time with friends. But it’s also a classic comfort meal that I am reinventing for a modern brunch. As a huge fan of coffee and an even bigger fan of ham steaks, this is a 15-minute recipe designed to bring everyone around the table for a fun meal together.
Let’s get real. Ham steaks recipes are a lifesaver when you don’t have a leftover baked ham waiting around! They always remind me of my mom, and I absolutely love how simple they are.
That they are already cooked and I can whip a single one up for myself without having to bake an entire ham makes waiting for big holiday leftovers that much easier. Smithfield Anytime Favorites come in a variety of cuts, from diced to sliced, and even my favorite steaks to make when you want a ham but don’t have the time to roast the whole thing a breeze. And it’s a great way to add a bonus layer of protein into fast meals and recipes. Win win.
The one-pan maple glaze makes these sticky and the perfect palette for the red-eye gravy.
This red-eye gravy with hints of maple and a pinch of heat isn’t a classic diner red-eye gravy (but I do love me some of that too) but a quick elevated version that is going to knock the socks off your company. And certainly, wake everyone up.
What is Red-Eye Gravy?
Red-eye gravy is an incredibly simple gravy made from a few ingredients, butter and coffee being the two big ones. And with those in mind, you can imagine why it’s called red-eye! Cuz it is sure to wake you up. For this one, I added a layer of maple to sweeten things and a hint of chili powder for that sweet and spicy combo.
This is buttery creamy and smooth and so good as a brunch favorite.
Are Smithfield ham steaks pre-cooked?
Yes! The single, by the slice, packaged ham steaks you find at the market, near the packaged meats area, are already cooked – which means they truly are as simple as opening and eating. I LOVE using these because I don’t make a whole ham often but it’s one of my favorite meats to nibble on.
Whether you chop them up for omelets or go wild and crazy and use them in ramen or egg rolls, they are fun and easy to use for brunch or dinner ideas. And perfect for smaller meals.
What you need to make red-eye gravy:
Everything you need to make this recipe you can find in your pantry, or with a quick trip to the local market. I love ham steaks – they remind me of my favorite childhood meal. And using them for big holiday brunch gatherings is my favorite.
All you need is:
- Smithfield® Anytime Favorites® Ham Steaks
- leftover coffee
- maple syrup
- brown sugar
- and a pinch of chili powder
How to make this recipe:
Red-eye gravy is incredibly simple to make and uses up leftover black coffee (which may mean brewing an extra cup or two just for this cuz really, who has leftover coffee. That’s just a sin).
Add the leftover coffee to a pan of simmering butter, syrup, brown sugar, and chili powder or cayenne for the tasty blend of sweet and spicy and let it reduce while you finish everything else.
Pan sear the ham steaks in maple syrup for that bonus crust of sweet flavor over the smokey meat. Fry some eggs. And heat up some biscuits.
If you are feeling wild you can even add some tender pan-fried potatoes to the platter for a real hearty meal. Bonus points if you go all in and make grits.
Want more inspiration? Find recipes and more info at www.Smithfield.com.
Want more easy breakfast inspiration? Try some of my favorite recipes
- Quick Easy Eggs Benedict for Two
- Overnight Ham Breakfast Strata
- Huevos Motulenos
- Cheesy Cauliflower and Ham Soup
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Maple Glazed Ham Steaks with Red-Eye Gravy
- 2 ham steaks
- 4 tbsp butter
- 2 cups leftover strong black coffee
- 4 tbsp maple syrup
- 1 tbsp brown sugar
- ¼ tsp chili powder
- Heat a small pan over medium heat and melt the butter
- Stir in the coffee, 2 tablespoons of the maple syrup, brown sugar and chili powder to combine.
- Simmer over medium-low heat, stirring often, to thicken.
- Meanwhile, heat a large skillet over medium-high heat.
- Add the ham steaks and brush them with the remaining 2 tablespoons of maple syrup.
- Heat the ham steaks, flipping as needed, as the syrup becomes thick and sticky and coats the ham and browns.
- Remove the steaks from the pan and place in the oven to keep warm.
- In the same pan where you fried the ham, fry a couple of eggs to serve with the ham steaks.
- When the eggs are fried, slice the ham steaks into portions and serve with the fried egg and drizzle the red-eye gravy over top.
- Serve with pan-seared oven-roasted potatoes and fluffy biscuits if desired.