Friday, July 31, 2009

Pineapple Ham Loaf

Posted by Donna:
My mother used to make ham loaf pretty often when I was growing up, and I really liked it. I can't remember fixing it when my girls were small, except maybe two or three times. Last year, for some reason, I decided a ham loaf sounded really good. I still had the recipe Mother used, but I decided to search the internet and see what was out there. They're all pretty much the same recipes, but I finally settled on one in particular. I was extremely pleased with the way it turned out. I had forgotten how much I liked it. A lot of people don't like to eat ham this way; but, I do think most women do enjoy it for a change.

Pineapple Ham Loaf

2 eggs
1/2 cup milk
1 cup finely crushed saltines
1/4 tsp. pepper
1 1/2 pounds cooked ham, ground
1 pound ground pork

Sauce (optional)
1 cup brown sugar
1 tsp. prepared mustard
1/3 cup vinegar
1/4 cup water
1 (8 oz.) can crushed pineapple, undrained

In a large bowl, beat the eggs; add the milk, crackers and pepper. Add the ham and pork; mix well. shape into a 9 in. x 4 in. loaf and place in shallow baking dish. Bake the loaf at 350 degrees about 1 1/2 hours. If you are going to use the sauce, combine the sauce ingredients and pour over the loaf before you bake it. You'll also need to baste the loaf frequently with the sauce.

When I make the loaf, I do use the sauce. I prefer not to use all of it because it is very sweet. It's just a matter of preference. The loaf is very good without it.

When I went to the meat market and got my meat, the butcher said, "I know what you're making, ham loaf!!!" Of course, then he preceded to tell me how much he likes it. I've always thought of it as something ladies serve at luncheons or club meetings. I know Mother did a lot. It's just fun to serve things a little different sometimes.

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Lori said...

Grandma Sibyl would always serve this at her ladies' extension club meeting party each year like Mom mentioned in her post. I was able to go stay with her and help serve the ladies for several years. I really liked the ham loaf, but especially enjoyed getting to serve it on the pretty and fancy plates - plus getting to host the party with Grandma! Now I enjoy hosting parties and ladies luncheons in my home just like Grandma did many years ago. Great memories from "Ham Loaf"!!

Ben said...

Oh that sounds lovely. My mom used to make something similar, I think. Nice blog :)

Wa Wa Waughs said...

So, a dumb question for you: You find any kind of 1 1/2 # ham at the store and ask the butcher to grind it up for you? Does it look like ground beef when he's finished with it? Obviously, I never ask the butcher for ANYTHING...

Lori said...

(Lori is replying, but answer is from Donna who posted it!)
Robin, you do have to ask the butcher to grind the ham for you. Just tell him what you’re making, and I’m sure he’ll know exactly what to give you. And yes, it will look like ground beef after it’s ground up.
The ground pork you can find in a 1 lb. pkg. Our United has the ground pork in the meat market with the other meats.

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