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Dec 23, 2008 12:24 PM

Ham Salad Recipe

I am anticipating a bunch of leftover ham from Christmas. I'm looking for a good ham salad recipe. The stuff I ate as a kid was not chunky but almost a ground ham. Anybody have any ideas for something like that?

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  1. for ham and beef salad, my mother always used the grinder attachment on her kitchenaid.
    then added finely chopped celery, onions, green peppers and pimentos, mustard and mayo.

    1. All you need is a meat grinder with a disc that's fine enough to process the texture you're looking for. You can use a food processor to do the job if you don't have a meat grinder but it's more difficult to consistently obtain the level of smoothness using the food processor.
      You will probably find the end result to be better if you combine the herbs and/or spices for your recipe with the cut up ham pieces before putting them through the grinder. Flavors seem to blend better using that method.

      1. My husband's favorite is simply good ham, mayo, honey mustard and sweet relish.

        I mince up the ham with the knife blade of the food processor, then I stir the rest in by hand. Sometimes I put in a couple drops of horseradish sauce.

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        1. re: rainey

          Thanks for the suggestions. I don't have a meat grinder so will probably pulse my food processor until I like the consistency. If I have enough leftovers I will probably try a few variations but I suppose I can't go wrong with the basics: mayo, mustard, celery and relish.

          1. re: rainey

            Will have to try the honey mustard-Sounds good. I usually use just mayo and, for a change, sometimes use dill relish rather than sweet relish.

          2. Whatever recipe you use - use spam instead of ham. Dice or smoosch as you wish. Some relish and mayo are all I use.

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            1. re: chowmel

              I recall my mom using hot dogs for a salad like this - ground with the kitchaid attachment. It was a spread/salad in the same style as common tuna salad.

              1. re: paulj

                OH MY GOSH! People thought I had escape from the padded room when they wanted my recipe for ham salad. Please a hot dog used
                to ham that wasn't for the sell floor, cooked, minced & put in a
                griddle. So why not make a salad out of it. And it is easier to mince than leftover cooked ham. Just a fork or potato masher.

              2. re: chowmel

                I thought I was alone with the spam. Sometimes I brown it before mincing it with a little Chipotle pepper and crushed pineapple for the holiday spirit or brown mustard, diced Jalapeno pepper & cumin and instead of rolls I fry my bread for the buttery flavor & crunch.

              3. I must be among the minority who don't want sweet pickle relish in my meat salads. :)

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                1. re: bbqboy

                  I read your commend about the relish. Remember ham was saltier than it is now and we cooked it starting fresh not "fully cooked with water added." So to balance the salt brine use our grandparents used
                  something sweet. Some families used fruit & preserves when they were
                  short on pickles. Isn't funny things our ancient ones did, such as an oatmeal paste for insect bites and burns is now on the market making someone money but with added ingredients for shelf life.
                  HAPPY HOLIDAYS! ENJOY FAMILY & FRIENDS! FORGET THE CARBS, CALORIES & YOUR WAISTELINES! That is what the new year is for.