Ham Steak with Red-Eye Gravy



  • 1 bone-in ham steak (1 ¼ pound)
  • ground black pepper
  • 2 slices bacon
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped onion
  • 1 teaspoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ cups chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter (cut into 3 pieces and chilled)
  • 2 teaspoon instant espresso powder


  1. Cook bacon in a large skillet over medium-high heat until crisp; reserve bacon for another use or just eat it.
  2. Cook the ham steaks in the bacon grease until nicely browned on both sides; place ham on a dish and cover with aluminum foil to keep warm.
  3. Add the onion to the skillet and cook until onion starts to brown. Whisk in the flour and continue cooking for about 15 seconds, and then mix in the chicken broth and maple syrup, stirring to remove any drippings from the bottom of the pan. Bring heat to simmer and cook until mixture is reduced to about ¾ of a cup and starts to thicken. Remove from heat and stir in the butter and espresso powder; salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Cut steak into 4 pieces and serve with gravy spooned over the top.