Lucy's Ham Spread


This is one of my favorite recipes. My Mom, Lucy Wahnsiedler, used to make this when I was a kid. I love the flavor of the spread, and it is marvelous for making sandwiches or for spreading on crackers. It is simply delicious!

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
1 hrs
Total Time:
1 hrs 35 mins
14 servings


  • 3 pounds smoked ham, cut into chunks

  • 1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce

  • 2 tablespoons quick-cooking tapioca

  • 2 tablespoons ketchup

  • 1 tablespoon prepared mustard

  • 1 teaspoon vinegar

  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

  • 1 pound processed cheese food (such as Velveeta®), cubed


  1. Place ham into a saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium, and boil ham gently for 15 minutes. Drain and allow ham to cool.

  2. Place ham into a food processor and pulse several times to grind the meat to your desired texture.

  3. Stir tomato sauce, tapioca, ketchup, mustard, vinegar, and Worcestershire sauce in a large saucepan over low heat; melt cheese food in the tomato sauce mixture and stir all ingredients smoothly together. Do not allow to simmer.

  4. Combine melted cheese food mixture with ground ham in a large bowl; stir thoroughly. Chill before serving.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

357 Calories
26g Fat
5g Carbs
24g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 14
Calories 357
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 26g 34%
Saturated Fat 11g 57%
Cholesterol 80mg 27%
Sodium 1784mg 78%
Total Carbohydrate 5g 2%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 24g
Vitamin C 36mg 178%
Calcium 195mg 15%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 462mg 10%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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