Ham Salad

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Instead of ham biscuits one hot, summer morning, serve ham salad biscuits and watch everyone’s eyes light up. Nothing could be easier—or better—than this bare-bones recipe. I loved it at first bite. The only slightly tricky part is grinding the ham. The simplest solution is to make friends with your butcher. Baring that, you can use your mixer’s grinder attachment, in which case you should grind the olives along with the ham. Or mince the ham in a food processor. Be careful, though, not to turn it into baby food mush. You want separate little crunches of meat and olive. And speaking of biscuits, I know I promised but now I’m really promising: Buttermilk Biscuits ASAP. SAM

2 pounds cooked ham, ground
1/2 cup pimiento-stuffed green olives, drained and finely chopped
1/2 cup mayonnaise
Freshly ground white pepper to taste

In a large bowl, combine the ham, olives, mayonnaise, and pepper. Cover and chill. Make sandwiches or serve on biscuits or as a summer salad.
Makes 3 cups or 6 servings.

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5 Responses to Ham Salad

  1. Stephen says:

    Playing around with ham salad one day, I added some slivered almonds and green grapes. It was a hit. The flavors blend very nicely.

  2. rockyroadoflove says:

    I would never have thought of ham salad with green grapes and almonds. ‘Sounds delicious and, also, beautiful enough for a luncheon or summer buffet.

  3. almostgotit says:

    CRAISINS (is that a trademark? “Dried Cranberries,” then) would be so good in this salad, too! I am so very thankful for the wonderful invention of dried cranberries. They are so much better than raisins, and can go anywhere raisins can and far beyond. The orange-scented ones are particularly fabulous, and go great in all kinds of salad.

  4. rockyroadoflove says:

    Ham and dried cranberries sound great! Would you leave out the olives?

  5. almostgotit says:

    Hmm… maybe omit olives and add something crunchy? Pine nuts? Even celery? Some chopped sweet or green onion might be good, too. Waiting *eagerly* for those biscuits!!

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