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Ham Ball/Loaf Appetizer
A New Take on an Old Favorite
During the holidays, or even when the gang is invited over for a game, many of us know what we like, and we want to serve favorites that are enjoyed. Even if a meal isn't expected, an appetizer is appreciated and makes the night a special event.
Begin your night with an appetizer or several, but remember it should taste good, be easy to fix, and it is always a good idea to have one standard favorite.
Ham balls/loaves are one of the perennial favorites.
All types of crackers can be used, and looks like something much harder to make than it is.
This is a recipe that can stand substitutes, but it is one of the best I have made.
Ham - 1 pound (small dice)
8 oz cream cheese (use light cream cheese for those New Year's Resolutions to cut down the calories).
1 T ground dry mustard
1 tsp bourbon smoked garlic powder (found at stores such as World Marker, Fresh Market)
1/2 tsp of bourbon soaked sea salt. This is a Kentucky Proud Product, but there are now a world of sea salts on the markets, so take a chance on something smokey but not overpowering.
2 tsp onion powder
1 tsp liquid smoke
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp paprika
2T hickory smoked barbecue sauce
Ky Proud Products
- Mixture one - everything together except cream cheese.
- Take Mixture one and heat mix in microwave for 1 minute.
- stir in cream cheese
- Mould in ball or log or desired shape
- Roll the final product in the parsley. The amount depends on personal taste and desired appearance.
- Refrigerate until cold complete through.
Serve with crackers of choice.