|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 16g||20%|
|Saturated Fat 5g||27%|
|Total Carbohydrate 18g||6%|
|Dietary Fiber 1g||5%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
For a different type of meat loaf, try this sweet and savory ham loaf. It is a great way to use up leftovers from a whole Easter or Christmas ham.
If you put the smoked ham in the food processor, pulse it only briefly, just long enough so it’s ground but not too long and it does not turn into a paste. In this recipe, the quick-cooking oats help bind the meat together, like stale bread does in other recipes, and they also give the ham loaf a nice texture.
There is intentionally no salt added to the ham loaf because smoked ham has been cured with salt and it’s already salty.
The loaf is flavored with parsley, onions, and mustard. A tangy brown sugar and vinegar sauce is added just before the ham loaf goes into the oven. Besides adding flavor, the sauce also keeps the top of the meat loaf moist. After baking, you can garnish ham loaf with sliced tomatoes or hard-cooked eggs, or spinach leaves.
For dinner, serve the ham loaf with baked sweet potatoes, or the traditional American way with mashed potatoes, with steamed vegetables or a salad on the side.
Sliced ham loaf is also great at room temperature so it lends itself for a buffet. Use leftover slices as a tasty sandwich filling or tuck into a grilled cheese sandwich. Or you can serve them like French country pâté as a plated appetizer with cornichons, and mustard, and fresh baguette.
- 1 1/2 pounds ground smoked ham
- 1 tablespoon prepared mustard
- 1/4 cup onion (chopped)
- 1 tablespoon fresh parsley (chopped)
- 1/2 cup quick-cooking oats
- 3/4 cup evaporated milk (or half-and-half)
- 1 large egg (beaten)
- 1/4 cup light brown sugar (or dark brown sugar, packed)
- 1/4 cup vinegar
- Garnish: tomato slices, spinach leaves, hard-cooked egg slices
Gather the ingredients.
Heat the oven to 350F. Grease a 9-by-5-by-3-inch loaf pan
Combine ground ham, mustard, chopped onion, parsley, oats, milk, and egg; mix well to blend.
Form into a loaf in the prepared loaf pan.
Combine the brown sugar and vinegar in a small saucepan. Place the saucepan over medium heat and cook until the sugar has dissolved.
Pour the brown sugar mixture over ham loaf.
Bake the ham loaf in the preheated oven for 60 minutes.
If desired, garnish with tomato slices, spinach leaves, and hard-cooked egg slices.
- For the ground smoked ham, you can grind leftover ham or ham steaks in a meat grinder using a coarse setting or put it in the food processor and pulse until it's minced into pieces similar to ground beef.
- Use Dijon mustard or a gourmet mustard in the ham loaf.