Friday, January 31, 2014

Deviled Ham Spread

Deviled Ham Spread
I remember taking Deviled Ham sandwiches to school for my lunch as I was growing up.  They were one of my favorites.  Many years and four kids later, I have expanded the love for these sandwiches.

Instead of using the little can of deviled ham, I  have finally found a recipe for making your own spread that is easy, quick and very delicious.  Best of all, the family loves it.   Most of the ingredients you will have on hand, and as for the ham a quick trip to the store may be necessary.  With so many varieties of ham available you can personalize the recipe to fit you family's preferences.    The recipe calls for using Black Forest Ham, but the family enjoys this spread using Apple wood Smoked Ham. To make this recipe, you start by chopping the ham  in a food processor.  Then you add some butter and pulse some more.  Transfer to a bowl and add mayonnaise, Dijon mustard, sweet pickle relish, pepper, cayenne pepper, and ground allspice.  Mix everything to together and put it in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.

Remove from the fridge and use for sandwiches or just an all purpose spread.

Deviled Ham Spread
From Cook's Country Magazine


12 ounces thinly sliced deli Black Forest ham, torn into 1/2-inch pieces
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
5 tablespoons mayonnaise
3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons sweet pickle relish
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice

1. Pulse ham in food processor until coarsely chopped, about 12 pulses.  Add butter and pulse until incorporated and ham is finely chopped, about 10 pulses.

Chopped Ham

Ham Mixed With Other Ingredients

2. Transfer mixture to bowl and stir in mayonnaise, mustard, relish, pepper, cayenne, and allspice until thoroughly combined.  Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before serving.  Spread will keep, refrigerated, for up to 3 days.

Makes about 2 cups

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