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Hearty Ham Loaf

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. Bake: 1-1/4 hours


10-12 servings

"THIS is a recipe that comes from my father's side of the family. It's a simple dish to make, good for just about any occasion. The sauce makes the meat especially flavorful. For me, this recipe brings back all kinds of memories of my childhood days in Nebraska. I hope you'll enjoy it in your home over and over again, so it can create some memories for you as well."


  • 1 cup coarsely crushed saltines (about 25 crackers)
  • 1 cup 2% milk
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1-1/2 pounds ground ham
  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 2-1/2 tablespoons vinegar
  • 1/4 cup water


  1. In a large bowl, combine the crackers, milk, eggs and pepper. Crumble ham and pork over mixture and mix well. Press into a 9x5-in. loaf pan. Bake at 350° for 1-1/4 hours or until a thermometer reads 160°.
  2. Meanwhile, combine the sauce ingredients in a small saucepan; bring to a boil. Boil for 2 minutes. Baste loaf occasionally after first 20 minutes of baking.

Nutrition Facts

1 slice: 301 calories, 18g fat (7g saturated fat), 95mg cholesterol, 836mg sodium, 14g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 0 fiber), 20g protein.

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  • Grammy B
    Dec 10, 2020

    We love hamloaf, but we make it into a festive dish beautiful enough to serve for Christmas dinner! Form the ham loaf mix into individual loaves (2/3 to 3/4 cup each) and place in a 9 x 12 baking dish, Decorate the tops of the loaves with 2 pineapple churks and a maraschino cherry. Make the sauce and pour over the loaves. Bake at 300degrees F for 2 hours basting often until a glossy glaze forms...FANCY and DELISH!

  • Nan Mock
    Feb 4, 2019

    My family and I had never heard of ham loaf before this recipe but we enjoyed it! The sweet basting sauce is delicious over the top. I added about a cup of finely deiced onion to the loaf mixture for a little extra flavor. It was great the next day too - I fried up the slices to have in breakfast sandwiches!

  • Lesmonty
    Jan 10, 2016

    Have made it 4 or 5 times, gets better each time! Delicious

  • janeenj
    Jan 4, 2014

    A good alternative to usual meat loaf - nice hammy taste. Don't neglect the basting sauce as it adds a lot a flavor. The loaf would be rather flat without it.

  • Geri Greene
    Nov 30, 2011

    A lovely variation on the other meat loaf! I have made this as meat balls also and served with navy bean soup and cornbread!

  • FriedaG
    Jan 31, 2010

    Delicious! I really like the basting sauce.