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Moist Ham Loaf

Not only is this main dish special enough for entertaining, but I can assemble it early in the day and pop it in the oven before dinnertime. It seems much fancier than meat loaf, it's just as easy to make. Plus the cherry sauce really dresses it up, so guests think I fussed.—Nancy Brown, Dahinda, Illinois
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 50 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 pound ground fully cooked ham
  • 1/2 pound ground turkey
  • 1/2 cup cherry preserves
  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves


  • In a large bowl, combine the first five ingredients. Crumble ham and turkey over mixture and mix well. Press into a greased 9x5-in. loaf pan. Bake, uncovered, at 375° for 50-55 minutes or until a thermometer reads 160°.
  • In a small saucepan, combine sauce ingredients. Cook and stir over medium heat for 5 minutes or until heated through. Serve with ham loaf.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 269 calories, 7g fat (2g saturated fat), 53mg cholesterol, 980mg sodium, 25g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 25g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 1 starch, 1/2 fruit.

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  • deelyon
    May 7, 2020

    This was delicious and so easy to make. I've made other recipes for Ham Loaf that called for basting the loaf with a sweet syrup sauce while its baking but it makes the loaf a bit too sweet for us. This recipe is perfect. My only issue with it was I didn't know how much ground ham is a pound. Cup measure would have been easier for me. I just ground some up in my processor, probably 2 cups and it worked out fine. We loved the sauce on top. I only had a few tablespoons of the cherry preserves so I used raspberry to make up the rest. The amounts of vinegar and cloves were perfect. This was a lovely meal. I served it with Mashed Potatoes and Zucchini Sautéed with garlic