We call this "Ham and Peppers" but there's onion and pineapple too. This is a great quick meal and an excellent use for leftover ham. The recipe was originally from a Doubleday Cookbook but has evolved during the past 12 years to suit our taste--we like the ham and onions slightly browned and the peppers crisp/tender. Serve over steamed rice and add soy sauce to taste. Note that this dish is best just after it's thickened and it doesn't reheat that well, but there's rarely any leftovers.
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- 2 cups diced cooked ham
- 2 tablespoons butter (Divided in thirds)
- 1 (8 ounce) can pineapple chunks (don't drain) or 1 (8 ounce) can pineapple tidbits (don't drain)
- 1 medium onion, peeled cut in half and quartered
- 1 medium bell pepper, cored seeded, and cut in 1/2 inch strips (your favorite color)
For the Sauce
- 1Prepare the sauce by first stirring cornstarch with about 2 or 3 tbs.of the chicken broth in a small bowl.
- 2When the cornstarch is dissolved and smooth, stir in the remaining sauce ingredients and set aside.
- 3Brown ham in 1/3 of butter over moderately high heat in a skillet or wok until it begins to brown.
- 4Remove and set the ham aside.
- 5Melt another 1/3 of the butter in the skillet or wok and sauté the onions.
- 6When they start to soften and turn translucent, add the peppers and the final 1/3 of the butter.
- 7When the onions have somewhat browned, add the ham and the pineapple, juice and all.
- 8Stir the sauce until smooth again (since the cornstarch tends to settle) and pour into skillet or wok.
- 9Increase heat and stir until the sauce begins to bubble.
- 10Reduce heat and stir for a minute or two until the cornstarch is fully cooked; if too thick, thin with a little water or broth.
- 11Serve over steamed rice as soon as possible. I like to sprinkle some dried hot red pepper flakes over it; I love hot food and this gives the dish some zing!
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Nutritional Facts for Ham and Peppers Stir Fry With Sweet and Sour Sauce
Serving Size: 1 (280 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 4
- Amount Per Serving
- % Daily Value
- Calories 386.9
- Calories from Fat 162
- Total Fat 18.0 g
- Saturated Fat 8.1 g
- Cholesterol 78.7 mg
- Sodium 722.1 mg
- Total Carbohydrate 35.3 g
- Dietary Fiber 1.4 g
- Sugars 28.0 g
- Protein 20.6 g