Cider-Braised Ham with Sweet Potato

    45 minutes

    High-fibre sweet potatoes and lean pork are combined in this low-fat, low-kilojoule dish.

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    Serves: 4 

    • 1 cup (250 ml) plus 1 tablespoon apple cider
    • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
    • 1 tablespoon finely chopped, peeled fresh ginger
    • ½ teaspoon ground cloves
    • 1 medium sweet potato, peeled and thinly sliced
    • 500 g extra lean ham steak
    • 1 granny smith apple, peeled, cored and cut into 12 wedges
    • 1 tablespoon cornflour
    • ½ cup diagonally sliced green part of spring onions

    Preparation:15min  ›  Cook:30min  ›  Ready in:45min 

    1. Combine 1 cup of the cider, the mustard, ginger and cloves in a large frying pan. Bring to a simmer. Add the sweet potato. Cover tightly and simmer until partially tender, 15 minutes.
    2. Add ham steak; cover with sweet potato slices. Arrange apple wedges over the top. Cover and simmer until apples and potato are tender and ham is heated through, 10 to 15 minutes.
    3. Using a slotted spoon, transfer ham, potato and apple to plate. Cover with aluminium foil to keep warm.
    4. Blend cornflour and 1 tbsp cider in a small bowl. Stir a little of the hot pan liquid into the mixture until smooth. Add cornflour mixture into pan. Cook over medium heat, stirring, until slightly thickened, about 1 minute.
    5. Divide ham, sweet potato and apple between 4 plates. Spoon on sauce from the pan. Garnish with spring onions.

    fresh ideas

    Adding fresh fruit to a meat dish is an easy way to include more vitamins and fibre. Sliced pears, halved kumquats, orange segments or pineapple chunks could be used in this recipe in place of the apple.

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