Monday, December 28, 2009

Ham Spread

I grew up during the pre-food processor era and can remember my Mom slapping the meat grinder onto an old piano bench to grind the ham for this ham spread recipe. When I got married I looked high and low for a meat grinder and when I finally found one while visiting my in-laws in Arizona one year at Christmas time, I bought it and took it back to Ohio with me on my carry on bag. This was back in the days when airport security was next to nothing so when your bag got stopped going through x-ray, everyone nearby paid attention to all the fuss. I explained what the gadget was but was still forced to completely unpack it from the box and show the security agents what the parts were used for. To this day I'm convinced that they were more curious about it than concerned it might be something dangerous.

These days of course, I'm much more apt to pull out my food processor than the meat grinder, but if you happen to have one of those little antiques, please feel free to use it. This is a great way to use up leftover holiday ham and while I have it pictured here used as an appetizer, we normally make sandwiches with it.

Ham Spread

1 pound ham, trimmed of fat and crust/skin, finely diced
3 eggs, hard boiled, peeled, chopped
3 green onions, green parts only, finely diced
1/3 cup sweet pickle relish
3/4 cup reduced-fat mayonnaise

Combine all of the above ingredients in a large bowl. Serve with crackers or use as sandwich spread.


Moogie said...

Lordy Mags, these take me way back. Spread on two slices of Wonder bread and you have good eats.

HoneyB said...

I'm trying to convince Grumpy to try this! We had a ham at Christmas and I have leftovers I need to use. Looks yummy!

Linda said...

We're having ham for New Years so this will make good use of the left overs!

Somehow I always seem to have lots of left-over ham! I think there is more left-over than I originally had!

Thanks for the recipe.

You pictures are always really good!

Karen said...

The first time I ever had ham salad like this was when I was a teen. My aunt would grind up ham and it was so delicious!

Denise said...

You are bringing back yummy childhood memories. I always really liked this stuff.

Carrie @ Cottage Cozy said...

Oh those funny food memories...

Mags said...

Moogie: That's funny, hubby and I also both agree that this is best served on Wonder bread!

HoneyB: I hope you both enjoy it!

Linda: Thank you!

Karen: Thanks for commenting!

Denise: Brings back memories for me too. Do you remember Grandma Bea making it?

Carrie: Fond memories indeed. Thanks for commenting!

June said...

Oh I love this stuff Mags. It's on my list to make as well, but I'll add a ton of dry mustard and/or hot sauce to keep the big guy happy. Mmm yumm! Thanks for reminding me to whip some up. As for the grinder - too funny! Brought back so many memories for me too, of Mother using hers often.

Lea said...

This with a bit of mustard - oh yum - and gotta have the heavy duty mayo in it!!! I like the pretty olives on it, too. Ok - I admit it - I am drooling...

Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction said...

Yum... I totally want some of this. Wishing I had some leftover ham. Might just have to make another ham now. My mom used to make this with leftovers after Christmas... It's one of my favorites!