Pineapple flavors ham loaf


November 21, 2001|By Ellen Hawks | Ellen Hawks,SUN STAFF

Don Garth of Timonium is seeking a recipe for a ham loaf with pineapple. His answer came from Betty Zofer of St. Augustine, Fla., who noted, "I have never made this ham loaf, but hope it will help. It is from the Joy of Cooking."

Ham Loaf

Serves 6

1/2 cup crushed pineapple

1/2 teaspoon dry mustard

1 pound smoked ham

1/2 onion, minced

1/8 teaspoon pepper

3 tablespoons mixed fresh herbs

2 eggs, well-beaten

1/2 to 1 cup cracker or plain bread crumbs, an equal amount of milk

1/2 pound lean pork, ground

Grease a medium loaf pan. In a small bowl mix together pineapple and mustard. Spread mixture in bottom of a loaf pan. If you have a meat grinder, grind smoked ham and place ground meat in a large mixing bowl with remaining ingredients.

If you don't have a meat grinder, chop ham into small cubes. Place cubes in the bowl of a food processor with the onion, pepper and herbs. Add eggs. Pulse to blend. With the processor running, add cracker crumbs and milk alternately until the mixture is homogeneous but not overly wet.

Scoop mixture into a large mixing bowl with finely chopped or ground pork and stir to combine. Pat meat into loaf pan and bake in preheated 350-degree oven for 2 hours. Run a knife around the edges and unmold onto a serving tray.

Tester Laura Reiley's comments: "Unfortunately, the food processor is not ideal for a loaf like this: It leaves the ham in overly big chunks or it purees the mixture too fine.

"Try to work quickly, pulsing the processor to combine. Fold the mixture in with the ground pork and don't overmix. Overmixing may result in meat that gets rubbery during the cooking process. For the mixed herbs, I used parsley, chives and a bit of thyme, which lent nice bits of green color and a pleasant flavor to the finished loaf. This could be eaten, sliced thin, as an hors d'oeuvre with crackers or sliced thicker as an entree."

Recipe requests

Linda Boone, Lenoir City, Tenn., writes: "I am looking for a recipe for Coconut Pumpkin Pie, made with light Karo syrup. It is a very different-tasting pie. Please help."

Eleanor Miller of Millers is seeking a recipe for the finnan haddie that was served at Haussner's Restaurant. She says, "I had it the week before they closed, and it was the best."

If you are looking for a recipe or can answer a request for a hard-to-find recipe, write to Ellen Hawks, Recipe Finder, The Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, MD 21278. If you send more than one recipe, please put each on a separate sheet of paper with your name, address and daytime phone number.

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