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Farmhouse Ham Loaf

A traditional meal that I crave is this baked and juicy Farmhouse Ham Loaf. This is one of the BEST comfort food recipes that we make.
Smoked ham and ground pork is seasoned with onion and bound together with eggs and graham cracker crumbs. Add a magical pineapple and brown sugar glaze to create one of our farm family's best meals!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword Farmhouse Ham Loaf
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 35 minutes
Servings 10 people
Calories 600kcal
Author Jennifer @ Plowing Through Life

Equipment

  • Silicone Spatula
  • Sauce Pan
  • 9x13 Baking Dish

Ingredients

Ham Loaf

  • 2 pounds ground ham
  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons mustard
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 2/3 cup onion finely chopped
  • 1 ½ cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 ½ cups milk
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika

Ham Loaf Glaze

  • 1 ½ cups brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon mustard
  • 8 ounces crushed pineapple with juice

Instructions

Ham Loaf

  • Mix all ground ham, ground pork, eggs, ketchup, mustard, chopped onion, graham cracker crumbs and milk together very well.
  • In a greased 9 x 13 inch baking dish or lasagna pan shape meat into a loaf using your hands.
  • Sprinkle with at least 1 teaspoon of paprika over the top of the loaf.
  • Preheat oven to 350°F and bake covered for 30 minutes.

Ham Loaf Glaze

  • Combine all glaze ingredients in a pan over medium high heat.
  • Stir often until mixture boils. Boil for one minute.
  • Pour glaze over ham loaf and return to oven to bake uncovered for an additional hour. Baste with glaze 2 - 3 times over the hour.
  • Use a digital meat thermometer. The dish is done baking when the center of the ham loaf reaches 160°F. Cover with foil once the outside of the ham loaf has reached a golden brown color if it needs to continue baking.

Notes

  • Use a food processer to grind small pieces or chunks of leftover ham after a big holiday meal. Ground ham can be frozen in an air tight bag or container for up to 3 months.
  • I like to grind ham within a day or two of cooking it so that the meat is fresh. I use the ground ham within 2 - 4 days of the ham being cooked or I like to freeze any extra ham.
  • Use a 350 degree F oven to bake ham loaf. A digital thermometer should be used to ensure that ham loaf containing raw, ground meat, is cooked to an internal temperature of 160 degrees F.
  • The size of the piece of meat affects baking time. This recipe calls for three pounds of meat and takes almost 1 hour and 30 minutes to bake in loaf form. This recipe could be shaped into ham balls or mini meatloaves, but baking time would change.
  • I end up covering a three pound ham loaf with foil for about half of the baking time to prevent the brown sugar glaze from burning on top of the loaf.

Nutrition

Calories: 600kcal | Carbohydrates: 52g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 133mg | Sodium: 356mg | Potassium: 592mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 43g | Vitamin A: 278IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 116mg | Iron: 3mg