Hearty Ham Loaves Recipe
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Hearty Ham Loaves Recipe

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"This is a great way to use leftover baked ham," recommends Audrey Thibodeau, Mesa, Arizona. "I serve one of these loaves right away and store the other in the freezer for later. They're so nicely flavored with a variety of seasonings that everyone loves 'em!"
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 3 hours
MAKES:12-16 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 3 hours
MAKES: 12-16 servings


  • 1 cup crushed butter-flavored crackers (about 25)
  • 2/3 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped green pepper
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • Dash ground nutmeg
  • Dash paprika
  • 1-1/3 pounds finely ground fully cooked ham
  • 1 pound bulk pork sausage
  • GLAZE:
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 slice) equals 222 calories, 14 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 58 mg cholesterol, 663 mg sodium, 13 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 10 g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, combine the first 11 ingredients. Sprinkle ham and sausage over the cracker mixture and mix well. Shape into two loaves. Place in ungreased 9-in. x 5-in. loaf pans. Cover and freeze one meat loaf for up to 2 months. Bake the remaining loaf, uncovered, at 350° for 1 hour.
  2. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, combine glaze ingredients. Bring to a boil; boil for 2 minutes. Remove loaf from the oven; drain. Baste with half of the glaze. Cool remaining glaze and set aside. Bake meat loaf 30-40 minutes longer or until a meat thermometer reads 160°, basting occasionally.
  3. Cover and freeze reserved glaze for up to 2 months.
  4. To prepare frozen ham loaf with the frozen glaze: Thaw both in the refrigerator overnight and bake as directed. Yield: 2 loaves (6-8 servings each).
Originally published as Hearty Ham Loaves in Quick Cooking March/April 1998

Light-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.

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Reviewed May. 21, 2012

"i make a ham just so i leftovers to make this"

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