Please don’t confuse this with Emeril’s Kentucky Country Ham Salad – there are no pecans, apples or shallots in this recipe! Our dear friends Debbie and Dennis are coming for supper tomorrow night – and I want to make everything as special as I can! In addition to the ham salad I’ve made a Date and Nut Loaf – tomorrow’s post! We’ll also have Black Bean Soup and a simple appetizer.
In addition to our meals during the year, we have celebrated New Year’s Eve together for at least 25 years – always the same way! Ritchey makes a lovely pot (or two!) of traditional Swiss fondue – a yummy, garlicky, Gruyere, Emmentaler and Brie mixture! White wine, kirsch, butter and nutmeg are the remaining ingredients! Various cubed breads are at hand for dipping! Then we play Trivial Pursuit – guys against the girls! Dessert is usually a midnight affair, just after a champagne toast! When we started this our children were 3, 4 and 5 – and preferred pizza! They soon learned to appreciate the finer foods for New Year’s Eve! Linton and Kate have their own fondue pots and have introduced many of their friends to this lovely Swiss tradition that their dad enjoyed every Saturday night while he lived there. This recipe will come along later in the year!
Back to the country ham salad. I use lovely slices of country ham – not the end pieces. They are torn into pieces and ground up in my food processor. A large silverware spoon is easier to measure the mustard, mayo and pickle relish. I use Maille Old Style whole grain Dijon mustard – it gives the ham salad such a good taste! Generally I buy Hawaiian sweet rolls for serving the ham salad – but it is also good on crackers or a thin white bread.
Kentucky Country Ham Salad
- 1 pound country ham, ground
- 3 large table spoons Dijon mustard
- 3 large table spoons sweet pickle relish
- 4 or 5 large table spoons mayonnaise
Place the ground country ham in a large bowl. Add two spoons of the mustard and relish and 4 of the mayonnaise and mix well. Add more condiments if needed. Serve with bread or crackers. Enjoy!