Famous Western Pennsylvania Ham Loaf. Perfect way to use up left over smoked ham after Christmas or Easter. Be sure to serve it with a generous amount of sauce. We use a hand-held meat grinder that belonged to my husband's great-grandmother - doesn't take long and is somewhat nostalgic.

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Ingredients

16
Original recipe yields 16 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Line a large baking sheet or jellyroll pan with parchment paper.

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  • In a large bowl, mix the smoked ham and ground pork together until thoroughly mixed, and lightly mix in the graham crackers, evaporated milk, and eggs. Form the mixture into two loaves, and place the loaves onto the prepared baking sheet.

  • In a saucepan over medium-low heat, whisk together the tomato soup, brown sugar, vinegar, water, and dry mustard until well combined. Bring the mixture to a boil, stirring to dissolve the brown sugar. Pour about 1 cup of sauce over each ham loaf, reserving remaining sauce.

  • Bake in the preheated oven for 2 hours. Slice and serve with reserved sauce.

Nutrition Facts

446.8 calories; protein 24.1g 48% DV; carbohydrates 26.7g 9% DV; fat 26.8g 41% DV; cholesterol 114.4mg 38% DV; sodium 971.8mg 39% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
10/20/2010
Exactly the recipe I was looking for. This is authentic PA Dutch, just like my Gram used to make. The big difference between this and other recipes is the graham crackers. I skipped the tomato soup though, and added some pineapple juice to the topping. I then put some pineapples on top the loaf while it bakes....yum! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
10/22/2010
I wish I could have liked this...I was looking for something different for the family followed the directions to a T and this was an absolute catastrophe. I can't explain the very odd taste and the texture was grainy and terrible... the only bonus was the sauce (hence the single star.) My family had to drown their ham loaf in sauce to choke it down...I'm sorry; will not be making again. Read More
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18 Ratings
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  • 4 star values: 1
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
10/20/2010
Exactly the recipe I was looking for. This is authentic PA Dutch, just like my Gram used to make. The big difference between this and other recipes is the graham crackers. I skipped the tomato soup though, and added some pineapple juice to the topping. I then put some pineapples on top the loaf while it bakes....yum! Read More
(22)
Rating: 5 stars
08/23/2010
I must say I was unsure of this recipe since there were no other reviews & I had never tried it. It was wonderful! I really only make ham loaf for my family because the other recipe I had made before was not what I liked but I even ate this. It seems a bit wet when you put it in the pan but it gets very firm & the moisture is necessary. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
10/22/2010
I wish I could have liked this...I was looking for something different for the family followed the directions to a T and this was an absolute catastrophe. I can't explain the very odd taste and the texture was grainy and terrible... the only bonus was the sauce (hence the single star.) My family had to drown their ham loaf in sauce to choke it down...I'm sorry; will not be making again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/28/2013
This is IT! My late husband's ham loaf. This meal is DELISH made just as the recipe is written. Try it before making any changes. Certainly deserves a blue ribbon in my family's book! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/11/2011
This ham loaf was absolutely delicious-my whole family loved it! A definite Easter dinner tradition! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/29/2012
Was very good. Mixed with hot sausage instead of ground pork exchanged water for condensed milk and cut back to 2 Tbs and microwaved for 8 minutes. Great! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
12/29/2011
This ham loaf recipe was a good way to use up my leftover Christmas ham but it needs onions and bell peppers in order to give it some pep. Frankly it was too sweet for me but the family liked it. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/05/2016
I made this recipe with left over ham. It was great. Definitely family friendly as I think kids would love this. The flavor and presentation were good enough for a holiday meal or for company. I used my Ninja to do the graham cracker crumbs. It was not grainy as the previous reviewer had stated. The ingredients are so simple that the only thing that could give the loaf an off taste would be the graham crackers themselves; maybe hers were old or she used a sausage instead of ground pork.. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
12/30/2014
This was my first try at ham loaf. I used our farm-raised pork products to make it and it was very good. The reason I gave only four stars is because the sauce was very runny and I think the loaf itself could use some more seasoning. It had good flavor and my 4-year-old loved it. There are 2 things that I will do differently next time. First I formed the loaf into a sourdough-type shape and next time I will make it more of a bread-loaf shape to hold in some moisture. The edges just got a little dry. Second I will not add as much water & vinegar to the sauce; maybe only half the amount. That way the sauce will not run off of my loaf and burn onto the parchment which is what happened this time. I prefer more of a thick-gravy one that would stick on the loaf and get nice and gooey. Overall I will definitely make this again but maybe add some additional herbs or fine-cut veggies to the loaf to suit our tastes. Thank you for the recipe! Read More