This is my favorite fall back plan meal. We all have days that are insanely hectic from time to time. If you keep the kitchen stocked with the stuff to make this meal you’ll always be ready for the unexpected! It takes about 30 minutes start to finish. And it’s delicious and filling even for starving men and teenage boys. This is my go to meal for crazy days!
What will you need?
- A small ham
- A few potatoes
- Some Milk. If you’re short on milk you can replace some of it with water or cream.
- A few tablespoons of butter, just depends on how you like it and what you have.
- Beef tallow, lard or butter, just a tablespoon or so for frying.
- Any vegetable, whatever you have on hand
- A half cup of broth, any kind
- 2 tablespoons flour
Dinner of fried ham, mashed potatoes with gravy and a buttered vegetable ( or raw )
Whipping this up is simple enough, just a few steps. I know you’re in a hurry so we’ll get right to it!
- Peel the potatoes then slice them and put them in a saucepan. Fill with water, put on stove and set to high.
- Cut up your vegetable and get it started on the stove too if it takes more than 10 minutes to cook. If not, then just get it ready and on the stove. Or not. If you’ve picked something you can eat raw, you’ve already got one dish ready!
- Let the potatoes and veggies cook for a bit. You probably have something urgently demanding your attention anyway. But set a timer so you don’t forget to come back in about 5 minutes!
- Slice the ham into little ham steaks. Heat the tallow,lard or butter in your skillet, cast iron will give the best results.
- Put your veggies on the stove to cook if you didn’t earlier.
- Put the ham steaks into the skillet. While that’s frying check the potatoes. If you can stick a fork in ’em they’re done. Drain the water and mash. Add the butter and milk and mash a little more. Don’t worry about lumps, they taste just as good!
- Probably need to flip the ham :-).
- Veggies are done! Drain and add a little butter.
- Ham is done! Set them aside on a plate
- Sprinkle the flour in the pan and mix it with the fat. Add the broth while stirring for a smooth gravy. Again don’t worry to much about lumps!
- And your done!
Mrs Dull’s recipe is on page 37-38 of “Southern Cooking”. Mrs Dull doesn’t have a recipe for fried ham, per se. She does have one for baked slice of ham, sizzled ham, and broiled ham. Wonder why fried was left out? I suppose it just seemed too simple. Well, here’s my version 🙂
Recipe Type: Main Dish
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes
Yield: 3 servings
- Ham – 3 thick slices
- Skillet, preferably cast iron
- Slice the ham into ham steaks about 1/2 inch thick
- Heat skillet with a teaspoon or so of beef tallow or lard. Any high heat cooking fat will do.
- Place the ham in the skillet and fry flipping every few minutes. Remove the ham when it’s fried to your liking.
Links to articles on
- Tips on Frying Ham – Recipe Tips
- Video – Frying Ham – Interestingly he tenderizes the ham first here, haven’t found that to be necessary when cooking with open range pork. Also, use lard or tallow not vegetable as shown in this video.
- Video – Making Ham Gravy – This is pretty much what I do too, though the apple cider vinegar was an interesting addition!