Deviled ham spread mixes cream cheese, mayo, whole grain mustard and sweet relish. Hot sauce and lemon juice for brightness, cayenne for kick.
My grandmother used to make the best Deviled Ham using leftover ham roast. She’d grind ham in her meat grinder and add some of her homemade Mustard Pickles, which is kind of like Chow Chow relish only hers was the world’s best, seriously. Then she’d serve deviled ham sandwiches to my brothers and me while we’d sit by a tiny record player she had stashed in a lower kitchen cupboard- Because don’t all awesome grandmas have a record player on its own secret shelf in their kitchen? I remember listening to stories-on-LPs like Rose Red (the truly original Beauty and the Beast) and Snow White. I’m sure we had other things for lunch while listening to these stories, but I can vividly picture the classic taste, smell, and texture of deviled ham sandwiches. And I’m pretty sure I listened to Rose Red hundreds of times, I can still remember it vividly.
My grandmother, the original Good Dinner Mom and best grandma ever, has been gone for over 30 years now and no one makes her Mustard Pickles anymore (It’s quite an involved recipe and I made one attempt several years ago- after I put in the hard work, I had several beautiful jars of waaaay too salty Mustard Pickles that were inedible). ANYWAY… this recipe is the closest I’ve come to the original that I remember as a kid. The combination of scallion, sweet relish, and whole grain mustard is perfect for texture and just enough mustardy taste. Cream cheese and mayo creams it all together and a dash of hot sauce and lemon juice brightens the whole thing. Cayenne pepper does heat it up though- so leave that out if you don’t want it. We loved it with the cayenne. Parsley adds color and freshness.
I did wonder if one of the reasons that I loved this recipe was because of the precious memory it brings back about my grandmother (I’ve got a lot of those, like her famous Macaroni and Cheese). But while I was taking pictures of the deviled ham for this post, I could hear my husband scraping out the rest from the bowl in the kitchen as he kept exclaiming how good it was. If you knew Dave, you’d know that’s saying something. So, I’m confident you’re going to love it even without a special childhood memory attached to it. Better than any canned ham spread, and if you don’t have any leftover ham roast, Deviled Ham works great with any good-quality deli ham. It only takes a couple of minutes to mix together and you’re gonna love it, whether you had deviled ham as a kid or are just trying it for the first time today.
As you can see, the Deviled Ham is excellent on crackers or open-faced toast or sourdough… however, my favorite way ended up eating it straight off the fork.
- 8 ounces coarsely chopped country ham, or good deli ham
- 4 ounces cream cheese, room-temperature
- ¼ cup mayonnaise
- 1 scallion, chopped
- 2 Tablespoons fresh parsley, finely chopped
- 1 Tablespoon sweet pickle relish
- 2 teaspoons whole grain mustard
- 1 - 1 ½ teaspoons hot sauce, Frank's Wing Sauce
- 1 teaspoon fresh squeezed lemon juice
- ⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper, optional
- Kosher salt
- Freshly ground black pepper
- Serve with crackers or toast as an appetizer or also makes a delicious sandwich spread on sourdough bread.
- Pulse 8 ounces coarsely chopped country ham or good deli ham in a food processor until finely chopped.
- Transfer to a large bowl and add all the remaining ingredients except salt and black pepper. Add salt and pepper to taste being careful not to overly salt the mixture.
- Serve immediately or refrigerate up to two days for serving on crackers or toast. Also makes a great sandwich spread on sourdough bread.
- The hot sauce will not add heat to the mixture, it adds a much needed brightness. If you like, add a dash at a time but I highly recommend adding it. The cayenne will definitely add a kick, so use less or leave out if you like.
I am personally not a ham-salad fan but this was delicious! My husband made this for me to try something different and I’m glad I did. Great recipe Sally 🙂
debby hymas says
Made this last night with leftover ham. It was very good! Thanks Sally!
katie d says
Made exactly as directed. Will definitely double the recipe next time, as this disappeared too quickly. –I’ve made this several times now. It’s a winner every time!
whitney h says
My husband asked me to make a ham spread and I had no idea what it even was so I found this recipe and tried it. It turned out SO good. My husband said it was awesome! We put it on Ritz crackers.
martha m says
This was so good! When I was a kid, deviled ham and cream cheese was my very favorite sandwich. When I found this recipe, I knew I had to try it and it was delicious!
Jenn Miller says
This recipe is awesome! First time making it and my man loved it and he’s really fussy about the taste!!
Sally Humeniuk says
Hi Jenn, I’m so glad this was a hit! We really love this and it’s perfect after Easter or spring ham dinners. Thanks for taking the time to comment, you made my day. 🙂
Yummy! This is a must try!
Carrie Weed says
Omg!! I never tried nor made Deviled Ham before, it never appealed to me in a can. But when I saw your photo and ingredients, my mouth was watering! LOL It is absolutely so fantastic! I will eat myself sick. Thank you! Love your site and recipes!! 🙂
Thank you Carrie! You made my day with your nice compliments. Hope you enjoy the recipe and hope you find others to your liking. 🙂
Flashback! This looks,and sounds so scrumptious I can’t wait!
Thank you Jay! For me, this recipe gives one of my favorite flashback memories. Hope You like it. Thanks for stopping by, it means a lot.