“No, ga-hrose! Ham Balls?” Yeah, my sister didn’t hold back when I told her I made them. And that gross was a whole two-syllable gross! Too bad she’s so far away coz I know I could convert her with these little lovelies. They’re the real, deal Iowa Ham Balls with Sweet Sour Glaze, heritage style. No soup or ketchup or any weirdness at all. Just good down-home scratch cooking.
I just updated my Classic Ham Salad with new photos (and now new text) after I made it with the leftovers from my Pineapple Glazed Ham we had at Christmas. I posted the original out in August of 2016 during an epic heatwave when we were doing just about anything we could to keep cool.
Buried in my Grandmother’s recipe box on an old scrap of paper was a true treasure, my Grandmother’s Old Fashioned Ham Loaf. I can still imagine sitting at her Formica table. I can still taste it, the top brown and crusty and the inside moist, fragrant and flavorful, almost exotic with its little touch of allspice and clove.
For as long as I can remember, I loved Deviled Ham. It was my Dad who introduced us to those little cans of Underwood Deviled Ham when we were kids. They were so fascinating, all wrapped in paper and he’d spread it on saltines for us while we waited in turn for ours, lined up like little birds. Probably with our mouths open! I can’t remember anything tasting so good. But you know what’s even better? My more grown-up version of Classic Deviled Ham.