The season of Lent is almost over and Easter is fast approaching. For some reason I always associate this time of year with ham, especially ham salad.
Maybe it’s because in years past, the social time following mid-week Lenten services always served both ham salad and egg salad sandwiches. Then of course there was ham for Easter dinner. This year though neither of those two ways of serving ham are on my mind. No, at the moment it is ham loaf that I’m feeling the urge to make.
Ham loaf was not something that we only had during this time of the year, although we didn’t have it often. Why, I don’t know. Maybe it wasn’t a favorite of Mom’s, although she never said one way or the other.
Or it could be that while it tastes delicious, one doesn’t want to eat it every day. Maybe it’s just one of those dishes that once you’ve had a few bites, you’re palate is satisfied. Whatever the reason, it was not a regular meal for us.
However as Easter approaches this year, I find myself thinking about making a ham loaf more often than not. Served with either scalloped potatoes or sweet potato casserole, with a side of either mixed vegetables or a green bean casserole, it would be the perfect springtime meal.
Add homemade buns, pickled eggs and coleslaw and there’s an Easter feast ready to be shared with friends and family.
Thinking about the meal had me looking through Mom’s recipes to locate one for Ham Loaf. And here is what I found.
2 lb. ground ham
1 lb. ground pork
1 cup bread crumbs or cracker crumbs
1/2 cup milk
2 eggs (beaten)
1/2 green pepper (chopped fine)
1 tsp. onion (chopped fine)
Salt and Pepper
1 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup vinegar
1/3 cup water
1/2 tsp. mustard
Mix the loaf ingredients together and form into a loaf shape.
Bake in the brown sugar sauce for 1 1/2 hours in a moderate oven. (I’m assuming this may be at 350 degrees)
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To Roseann: I’m so glad you and your husband enjoyed the buttermilk cookie recipe. That delicious recipe actually came from a co-worker’s wife. I’m not always a buttermilk fan either, although a love buttermilk pancakes and now these cookies as well.