Dotty's Ham Loaf

  • Yield: 6 servings

"This is my special Ham Loaf. It is wonderful, especially around Christmas. We look forward to it. It is so good and is different from any I have ever tasted anywhere else."


2pounds smoked ham, coarsely chopped
8ounces bulk pork sausage
1cup cracker crumbs or cracker meal
2tablespoons minced onion
2 eggs, beaten
1teaspoon salt, or to taste
1 1/4cups milk
1tablespoon finely chopped parsley
3/4cup packed brown sugar
1/4cup cider vinegar
3/4teaspoon dry mustard
3/4cup mayonnaise
3/4cup sour cream
1/4cup prepared mustard
1 to 2tablespoon prepared horseradish
1teaspoon lemon juice
1/8teaspoon salt


  1. Preheat the oven to 350F. Grease an 8 x 4-inch loaf pan.
  2. To prepare the loaf, place the ham in a food processor and process until it is the texture of ground beef. Combine the ground ham with the sausage, cracker crumbs, onion, eggs, teaspoon salt, milk, and parsley in a large bowl; mix well.
  3. Place the ham mixture in the prepared pan and flatten slightly.
  4. To prepare the glaze, combine the brown sugar, vinegar, and dry mustard in a small bowl; whisk to blend and set aside.
  5. To prepare the sauce, combine the mayonnaise, sour cream, prepared mustard, horseradish, lemon juice, and salt in another bowl. Refrigerate until serving time.
  6. Bake the ham loaf for 40 minutes. Remove from the oven and spoon the glaze over the loaf; bake 1 hour longer. Remove from the oven, pour off any grease, and let stand 10 minutes before slicing. Serve with the sauce.

Recipe by Dorothy Williams, Greencastle, Ind.