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Gram's Ham Loaf Recipe
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Gram's Ham Loaf

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"Famous Western Pennsylvania Ham Loaf. Perfect way to use up left over smoked ham after Christmas or Easter. Be sure to serve it with a generous amount of sauce. We use a hand-held meat grinder that belonged to my husband's great-grandmother - doesn't take long and is somewhat nostalgic. "

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Original recipe makes 2 ham loaves with sauce Change Servings
  • PREP

    30 mins
  • COOK

    2 hrs

    2 hrs 30 mins


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Line a large baking sheet or jellyroll pan with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, mix the smoked ham and ground pork together until thoroughly mixed, and lightly mix in the graham crackers, evaporated milk, and eggs. Form the mixture into two loaves, and place the loaves onto the prepared baking sheet.
  3. In a saucepan over medium-low heat, whisk together the tomato soup, brown sugar, vinegar, water, and dry mustard until well combined. Bring the mixture to a boil, stirring to dissolve the brown sugar. Pour about 1 cup of sauce over each ham loaf, reserving remaining sauce.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven for 2 hours. Slice and serve with reserved sauce.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Aug 23, 2010

I must say I was unsure of this recipe since there were no other reviews & I had never tried it. It was wonderful! I really only make ham loaf for my family because the other recipe I had made before was not what I liked, but I even ate this. It seems a bit wet when you put it in the pan, but it gets very firm & the moisture is necessary.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Oct 22, 2010

I wish I could have liked this...I was looking for something different for the family, followed the directions to a T and this was an absolute catastrophe. I can't explain the very odd taste and the texture was grainy and terrible... the only bonus was the sauce (hence the single star.) My family had to drown their ham loaf in sauce to choke it down...I'm sorry; will not be making again.


10 Ratings

Oct 20, 2010

Exactly the recipe I was looking for. This is authentic PA Dutch, just like my Gram used to make. The big difference between this and other recipes is the graham crackers. I skipped the tomato soup though, and added some pineapple juice to the topping. I then put some pineapples on top the loaf while it bakes....yum!

Feb 28, 2013

This is IT! My late husband's ham loaf. This meal is DELISH made just as the recipe is written. Try it before making any changes. Certainly deserves a blue ribbon in my family's book!

Apr 11, 2011

This ham loaf was absolutely delicious-my whole family loved it! A definite Easter dinner tradition!

Dec 29, 2012

Was very good. Mixed with hot sausage instead of ground pork, exchanged water for condensed milk and cut back to 2 Tbs and microwaved for 8 minutes. Great!

Dec 29, 2011

This ham loaf recipe was a good way to use up my leftover Christmas ham, but it needs onions and bell peppers in order to give it some pep. Frankly, it was too sweet for me, but the family liked it.

Jan 26, 2015

Been searching for an old fashioned ham loaf recipe and Grams is just perfect! I prepared it exactly as written was short on Graham crackers so I used a little bread crumbs. Had some Christmas spiral ham, chopped it in my food processor came out fine. The tomato/brown sugar sauce Is fantastic . Your Gram knew what she was doing! My husband and mother in law loved it so I got points boo-ya! Thanks for sharing Saylor's mom!


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  • Calories
  • 447 kcal
  • 22%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 26.7 g
  • 9%
  • Cholesterol
  • 114 mg
  • 38%
  • Fat
  • 26.8 g
  • 41%
  • Fiber
  • 0.4 g
  • 2%
  • Protein
  • 24.1 g
  • 48%
  • Sodium
  • 972 mg
  • 39%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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