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Ever have ham loaf?

lynnlato | Apr 13, 200906:16 PM     84

I have a recipe that was written by my grandmother. It's titled Mrs. Whipple's Ham Loaf. This has been a staple in our family for generations. It's a combination of ground pork, ground ham, breadcrumbs, eggs and milk. Formed into a loaf and glazed w/ a brown sugar glaze (w/ cider vinegar, dry mustard, ground cloves & water). It's sooooo good and was always served w/ scalloped potatoes, green beans and pineapple souffle. Simple comfort food. The Italian deli, back home in PA, sells the loaves ready to bake. I've never seen ham loaf anywhere else and few folks I've met have heard of it. But those that have had it (or are from my hometown) seem to love it.

I no longer live in PA and so I have family bring me frozen loaves when they visit. I've spoke w/ a few butchers in the area and they cannot (will not) grind ham to blend w/ the pork. A NY butcher recently opened up shop here and he said he'd make the loaves if I give him the recipe.

Anyone familiar w/ ham loaf? What are it's origins... is it a PA dutch thang? How do you serve it and with what sides?

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