Deviled Ham


Back in the day my mom had this hand cranked grinder. It was attached to the side of the table and you put a big bowl under it to catch everything. At the top there was a chute that you would put the meat in, crank the handle and grind it. This is how she made her deviled ham. Except her deviled ham was not so devilish. She didn’t really put anything spicy in it.

Come to think of it, I don’t think my mom combined anything with the ham except mayo. My father loved it with a slice of onion on bread. For me that seemed to be way to much onion, but he loved it.

Thank goodness I have a food processor to grind up food now. That thing was a pain in the butt to clean. You had to take it apart and we used a baby bottle brush to get deep inside it.  You also had to make sure you dried it really good or the stuff would rust if you didn’t.

So those are my first memories of eating Deviled Ham. With everything I said, you would think that I would not want to make it anymore.

Gosh it sure seemed like a pain to make, didn’t it?

I do love it though, maybe because it is not that hard to make now.

I do however, have a different recipe than my moms.

Perhaps that makes a difference too…


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Deviled Ham


2 cups diced ham

4 ounces cream cheese at room temperature

1/3 cup mayonnaise

2 teaspoon Dijon mustard

3 tablespoons grated onion

1 teaspoon Worcestershire Sauce

1 teaspoon sweet pickle relish (I minced my bread and butter pickles)

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon pepper


In the food process pulse the diced ham until finely chopped. Add the cream cheese and mayo and mustard. Pulse until combined.

In a large bowl combine the ham, onion, Worcestershire, pickle relish, salt and pepper. Stir and combine well.

Refrigerate for an hour or so to allow flavors to marry.

I love to serve mine with crackers

Peace be with you,





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6 Responses to “Deviled Ham”

  1. #
    Bebe — January 30, 2014 at 7:09 am

    I haven’t made deviled ham in years. What a great idea for the leftover ham in the freezer. Yum!


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    Linda@There and Back Again — January 30, 2014 at 11:40 am

    I remember eating deviled ham out of those little cans you could buy at the grocery store. I loved it. Yours sound even better. I have some ham pieces in the freezer. Time to break out the food processor!


  3. #
    Debra — February 1, 2014 at 2:52 pm

    Veronica, we had an ancient grinder like that too (that I believe was an antique back then). Mom made a family “hash” with it grinding up leftover roast beef, potatoes, and onions. We fried it up and ate it with lots of ketchup. Thanks for sparking this memory.


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    Brenda T. — February 3, 2014 at 6:30 pm

    I remember having deviled ham long, long ago and liking it! I think my kids would like this for their lunchboxes. I have a bunch of ham pieces (leftover from main sliced ham) in the freezer to use up so I think this will be perfect. Thanks for the great idea.


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    Therese Z — February 6, 2014 at 4:46 pm

    You can up the fiber and lower the calories by replacing about half the ham with white or pink beans, drained and rinsed. The flavor is really unaffected and it actually gets a little fluffier in the food processor!


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    Tammy — April 7, 2015 at 2:02 pm

    This sounds wonderful..I love this idea. Sounds delish! 😀


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