In 1608 three sows and a boar were brought from Great Britain to Jamestown, Virginia. Within two years, the pork population had increased to over sixty pigs. By 1625, Virginia, Maryland, and the Carolinas had become famous for their hams. Together they made pork the most popular meat in the colonies. Chef Francois Keller at the American Festival Cafe in New York has a collection of great American ham recipes; the following is an example.
- 1 teaspoon dry mustard
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- One 2-inch-thick slice ham steak (about 1 1/2 pounds)
- 1/2 cup apple cider
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Combine the mustard and nutmeg and rub onto both sides of the ham slice. Place ham in a baking dish. Pour the cider and maple syrup over the ham. Bake for 1 hour, basting occasionally. Slice and serve.
Recipe reprinted by permission of Doubleday. All rights reserved.
nutrition information per serving
185 calories; 3g total fat; 15mg cholesterol; 579mg sodium; 35g carbohydrates; 0g fiber; 6g protein
These nutrition facts are calculated according to the ingredients listed in this recipe. Any substitutions will change these facts. Although we strive for accuracy, please note that food manufacturers occasionally change their food formulas, which could affect the calculations as shown.
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