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