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Ham Loaf

A variant of meatloaf, ham loaf originated with the Pennsylvania Dutch in the 1800s. Made with ground ham and ground pork, the loaf is often baked with a sweet glaze. A meat grinder or the grinder attachment of a KitchenAid mixer is helpful to grind your own ham; or ask a butcher to grind the ham. Ham loaf is also common in Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana and other Midwestern states. Good side dishes include macaroni and cheese, potatoes au gratin, or salad.

Recipe Servings: 8

Prep Time
15 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour 10 minutes
Total Time
1 hour 25 minutes
Gluten Free
Dairy Free




    For Loaf:
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Beat eggs in large bowl. Add milk, bread crumbs, and pepper.
  3. Add ham and pork and mix well.
  4. Form mixture into a loaf shape and place in shallow baking dish. Insert thermometer.
  5. Bake 30 minutes.
  6. For Glaze: (make while loaf cooks)
  7. Combine the brown sugar, cider vinegar, ground mustard, and water in a small bowl.
  8. Spoon over loaf. Reserve some glaze for basting two more times
  9. Bake 40 minutes more (basting twice) or until thermometer reads 170°F.

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