Thursday, January 28, 2010

Almost a failure



Thirty-Minute Glazed Ham Patties
The Good Housekeeping Cookbook Copyright 1963

4 cups medium-ground, cooked ham
1/3 cup fine cracker crumbs
1 egg, beaten
2/3 cup evaporated milk, undiluted
Dash pepper
1/8 teaspoon dried thyme
¼ cup minced onion
1/3 cup brown sugar, packed
1 tablespoon vinegar
½ teaspoon dry mustard
1 ½ tablespoons flour

Start heating oven to 350 degrees F. Combine ham, crumbs, egg, milk, pepper, thyme, onion; pack into 6 greased 3” muffin-pan cups. I just formed them into patties. Bake 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, in saucepan, blend brown sugar, vinegar, mustard, flour; boil 1 minute, stirring occasionally. Spoon over hot baked patties; broil 2 minutes.

The glaze did not work for me - it set up before I could use it. I used the sauce from this recipe instead.

Makes 6 patties.
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This wasn't pretty but it was edible, actually not bad really, which is more than I was expecting at one point. Ham loaf, ham balls, etc are something I've wanted to make for some time but when I found myself with some ham on hand, I didn't have a lot of time to find a recipe. I grabbed one of the first ones that I found. I went back on forth whether or not to use one that used ground pork too (most do) since I had some in the freezer but I opted to go straight ham.

The patties came together fine but I cooked the glaze too early and it seized up and there was no going back by reheating it. I made mustard fudge. These needed something so I decided to find another glaze that might work and I thought about the sauce from Sweet-Sour Meatballs. I've seen ham ball recipes that called for similar sauces. It worked but since I made these ahead of time, the patties absorbed all of the sauce making them kind of ugly but probably improved the flavor.

Next time I will try a recipe with ground pork since I think that would cut the saltiness of the ham. I'm glad this made a passable dinner but it wasn't exactly what I had wanted. I will keep looking for what I want, even though I'm not exactly sure what that is.

Question of the Day: Have you ever tried a recipe that used ground ham?

8 comments:

Annie Jones said...

Mustard fudge made me laugh!

I think I tried either ham balls or a ham loaf once. I don't remember which, but I do remember that I wasn't impressed.

HotHeaded said...

I had never even thought about the possibility of using ground ham beyond ham salad, which I hate. Not sure if ground ham is something I would eat. I know my DH wouldn't eat it since he only eats ham a couple times a year.

Lisa said...

I made a Deviled Ham recipe once. It was okay, but not something I wanted to make again.

Anonymous said...

Not a recipe, but I always love to make ham salad with leftover ham. Love, love it. Just ham, dill pickles, onion and lots of black pepper.

Jan

DancesInGarden said...

I had never even heard of "ground ham" before, until I read it as an ingredient in an older cook-book from the U.S. I take it can be bought at the store like ground beef? I always wondered....

The Cookbook Junkie said...

I haven't ever seen ground ham for sale myself. I used the food processor to grind it. I imagine it might still be sold in some areas. Like you said, I usually only see recipes that call for it in old cookbooks.

Heather said...

mustard fudge...doesn't sound good =). I would have never thought to find a recipe like this using ham. We are not big ham eaters at my house, but I really do need to venture out more.

Anonymous said...

Ground ham being sold in the grocery store was mentioned. I've never seen it. I always grind the ham myself. I have an old-fashioned grinder like my grandmothers used. The one that clamps onto the edge of a table. I also grind the onions and pickles. It's the same when I make chicken salad, using celery and onion and again, lots of black pepper. I wish I had some of either right now.

Jan

Jan