Ham Steak with Pineapple Sauce

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Ingredients: 1 pound ham (1 slice, about 1/2 inch thick), 1 tablespoon lemon juice, 2 teaspoons brown sugar, 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard, 1/8 teaspoon ground ginger, 1/2 cup pineapple juice, 1 teaspoon cornstarch

Directions: Trim fat from ham. Lightly score ham slice in a diamond pattern using a sharp knife. Place in an 11-by-7-inch baking dish. Combine next four ingredients in a bowl, stirring well with whisk; spread mixture over ham. Cover with heavy-duty plastic wrap and vent. Microwave onhigh for 4 minutes, or until thoroughly heated. Remove ham from dish and cut into 4 equal pieces; set aside and keep warm. Combine pineapple juice and cornstarch in 1-cup glass measure; stir well. Microwave on high for 1 1/2 minutes, or until thick and bubbly; stir well. Serve pineapple sauce with ham.

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Wine Pairing

Recommendation: DomaineZind-Humbrecht Riesling 2006 –$23

Ham is often prepared with glazes or toppings that are sweet and can balance the inherent saltiness of the actual meat. Well-paired wines can accomplish the same objective. For ham, the best “tried and true” companion wines are hands-down – a Riesling or a Gewürztraminer. Both wines tend to offer fresh, flavorful taste profiles with enough sweet fruit to balance the salt in the ham and enough acidity to support the combination without compromising the flavor in either the ham or the wine. Available online and at specialty stores.

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