Aunt Rachel, if you’re looking down on me from somewhere in the heavenly realms, I’m still enjoying your ham loaf after forty years. And I’m not just eating it so I can get dessert, either, although your peach cobbler with ice cream was always worth rushing through dinner for.
This recipe was one of the signature dishes of my grandma’s sister-in-law, who lived in a little mountain town where we went during the summer to pick peaches, apricots, and cherries. Many of my siblings and cousins hated it, but I couldn’t get enough of it. When the grown-ups weren’t looking, the other kids would sneak chunks of their ham loaf onto my plate so they didn’t have to finish it before they got their coveted desserts. I left the table very, very full on ham loaf nights.
This is a good recipe for using up leftover ham after a holiday meal. I like it with green chili poured over the top, although Aunt Rachel would never have thought of serving it that way. She wasn’t exposed to green chili till late in her life, although once she tried it, she never looked back.
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
1 tablespoon butter
2 cups finely chopped cooked ham
3 slightly beaten eggs
1 cup mild Cheddar cheese, shredded
2/3 cup finely crushed cheese crackers
1-1/2 cups milk
pepper, to taste
1. Cook onion in butter till tender.
2. Combine onion with remaining ingredients in a large bowl.
3. Pour ingredient mixture into a 10 by 6 inch baking dish. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 to 50 minutes or till a knife inserted just off the center comes out clean. Enjoy!
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Jo Elizabeth Pinto was among the first blind students to integrate the public schools in the 1970’s. In 1992, she received a degree in Human Services from the University of Northern Colorado. While teaching students how to use adaptive technology, she earned a second degree in 2004 from the Metropolitan State College of Denver in Nonprofit Management. She freelances as an editor and a braille proofreader and is a contributor of The Writer’s Grapevine Magazine where more articles like this may be found.
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