Menus for backyard cookouts can be assembled from easy variations on classic themes. One harvest-season idea to try: grilled pears and a maple glaze as the savory accents for grilled ham. The dish takes only half an hour to make once the grill is fired up.
Ready-cooked ham steaks are called for in the original version; pork chops may be substituted, but they will need a little longer to cook. Both combine happily with the fruit and maple syrup, seasoned with allspice and a touch of mustard.
Grilled Ham and Pears
With Maple Glaze
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 20 minutes
6 tablespoons pure maple syrup
1/4 cup butter
2 tablespoons yellow mustard
3/4 teaspoon ground allspice
2 large, ripe Bartlett pears, cored and sliced 1/4- to 1/2-inch thick
4 to 6 ham steaks, about 1/2 inch thick
Prepare grill for medium-hot cooking.
In a small saucepan, combine maple syrup, butter, mustard and allspice; cook over low heat for about 5 minutes.
Place pear slices on grill over medium-hot coals (or under medium-hot broiler) for about 2 minutes per side, basting with maple glaze during cooking. Remove from grill and keep warm. Cook ham steaks on grill for about 5 minutes per side, or until heated through and lightly browned, basting with glaze once or twice. Place ham on platter and top with grilled pears. Drizzle glaze over top.
Pork chops may be substituted for ham; use similar amount of pork and thickness and increase grilling time to 10 to 12 minutes per side.
Makes 4 to 6 servings.
Nutrition information per serving, based on 4 servings of ham: 399 cal., 17.3 g fat, 23.3 g pro., 39.7 g carbo., 1,541 mg sodium, 3.3 g fiber.
Recipe from California Pear Advisory Board.
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