The really economical way to cook a large ham is to cut it up and portion it out for various uses. Traditionally ham loaf was made from leftover ham, but I don’t think today’s mild hams are flavourful enough to withstand the cooking twice. When ham goes on sale my love brings home a large one and I cut it up for a variety of dishes I make with ham. The small meaty bits are put through the food processor and portioned out for ham loaf, ham patties and ham-balls. The one thing to keep in mind is that uncooked ham will burn easily so anything you may do with in the fry pan or in the oven; the heat must not be high, because ham burns easily. Also a loaf made only from ground ham will have higher liquid content and requires a little more breadcrumbs than a ham loaf made in combination with other ground meats. 

Ham Loaf

300 g fresh ham, minced
2 Tbsp olive oil
1/2 onion, finely diced
1-1/2 cups fine soft breadcrumbs
1 egg
few sprigs of fresh or frozen parsley, chopped

  • Preheat the oven to the suggested temperature. Cook’s ham requires 325F.
  • Sauté the onions on olive oil until very soft. Do not brown.
  • To assemble the ham loaf, place the ground ham in a large mixing bowl.
  • Add the soft onions and the remaining ingredients.
  • Do NOT add salt.
  • With your hands, mash together everything.
  • Form into a loaf and place it in a small greased baking dish.
  • Cover loosely with aluminum foil.
  • Place in the preheated oven and bake it until the internal temperature reaches 140F.
  • Remove from oven and let it rest for 15 minutes before slicing and serving.
  • Ham loaf is also nice chilled.


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