Old Fashioned Deviled Ham Spread is the perfect ham salad to quickly use leftover ham. Mix it with a few ingredients you have in your fridge and serve on your favorite cracker or bread!
Grandma Lucille’s Deviled Ham Spread Recipe
Man, I ate ALOT of Ham Salad when I was growing up.
My Grandma Lucille made it often and served it with crackers or on little cocktail buns.
Whenever I make ham (usually in my Instant Pot) I love having some leftovers so I can make a big ham salad bowl.
Ham salad is great to have in the fridge – it makes me feel good knowing it’s there for my family when they get hungry.
Make sandwiches in nothing flat, and ham salad in a lettuce leaf is delicious for those of us who are trying to eat low-carb.
I’ve also served ham salad for lunch on mini croissants and in Athens Phyllo Cups – such a beautiful, easy appetizer.
Plus, I like the texture of the creamy ham salad with the crispy phyllo cup.
- Cooked ham, ground
- Sweet pickle relish
- Worcestershire sauce
- Spicy brown mustard
- Prepared horseradish
- Pure maple syrup
How to make Deviled Ham Spread
Mince your ham with a chef’s knife or grind your ham using a food processor or food grinder.
Combine the mayonnaise, relish, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, horseradish, and syrup in a large mixing bowl until well blended.
Add the minced (ground) ham to the prepared dressing, gently folding it in until nicely combined.
Taste and adjust seasonings as needed.
What is deviled ham spread?
A deviled ham spread is a finely chopped or minced ham base spread mixed with a mayonnaise base.
It is normally served on bread or crackers.
What to do with deviled ham spread
Serve on cocktail buns, a lettuce salad, croissants, in a phyllo cup, or with crackers.
Or be like some of us that eat it with a spoon!
Can you freeze deviled ham spread
No. It is not recommended to freeze deviled ham spread or ham salad.
Does deviled ham spread need to be refrigerated
Yes, ham spread should be refrigerated and kept at a safe temperature for serving.
Is this the same thing as ham salad?
Ham salad and deviled ham are very similar – some would say they are the same…it depends on where you are from.
Both deviled ham spread and ham salad are made of very similar ingredients – a mayonnaise-based dressing with relish and ground ham, served on crackers on cocktail buns.
Grandma Lucille’s Secret
One day, when making a ham salad batch, she let me help her grind the meat.
That was when I learned she didn’t use ham at all…it was BOLOGNA!
She said it was her little secret and that it saved a ton of $$. All I know is that it was delicious!
Grandma Lucille had a grinder clamped right to her counter’s side.
She would drop chunks of bologna into the top of the grinder, and I got to turn the handle.
(I sure wish I had her grinder – I think of it often.
I remember watching the bologna come out of the grinder into her bowl; it was fun.
So, if you are feeling adventurous, try some bologna with this recipe, too!
More Salad Recipes to Enjoy
- Summer Corn Salad
- Tortellini Pasta Salad with Tomatoes, Corn and Basil
- Crunchy Corn Salad
- Sweet Corn and Baby Pea Salad with Jicama
- Delta Cornbread Salad
- Grandma Lucille’s German Potato Salad
- Classic Macaroni Salad
- Chicken Salad with Red Grapes and Walnuts
- Instant Pot Potato Salad
- Broccoli Potato Salad with Mustard Vinaigrette
- BLT Pasta Salad (Bacon Lettuce and Tomato Pasta Salad)
Deviled Ham Spread
- 4 cups finely minced or ground cooked ham, I process mine in the food processor (this is about 1 lb. of cooked ham)
- 1/2-2/3 cup Hellman’s mayonnaise
- 1/4 cup sweet pickle relish
- 1 Tbs. Worcestershire sauce
- 1 Tbs. spicy brown mustard
- 1-2 tsp. prepared horseradish
- 2-3 Tbs. pure maple syrup
- To make the ham salad dressing, combine the mayonnaise, relish, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, horseradish, and syrup in a large mixing bowl until well blended.
- Add the minced (ground) ham to the prepared dressing, gently folding it in until nicely combined.
- Taste and adjust seasonings, as needed. Serve on cocktail buns or with crackers.
- What if I don’t own a food processor? No worries. Just pull out your cutting board and your chef’s knife and get to mincing. It takes a bit longer, but it’s totally worth the effort. Or, if you have a food grinder, like my Grandma Lucille did, that works even better!
- This recipe calls for pure maple syrup. Is that the same thing as pancake syrup? Great question, and no it’s not. Pure maple syrup is a concentrated (pure) form of syrup that’s actually sap from a maple tree, much unlike pancake syrup that is highly processed. I try to keep pure maple syrup on hand at all times for using in my recipes as a sweetener – love the flavor!
- Why does this recipe call for horseradish? Prepared horseradish is grated horseradish root and must be stored in the fridge. You will find this ingredient in the meat section of the grocery store, or near the deli meats and bacon area, typically. Horseradish is great in any dish that needs a little ZING! It’s a solid condiment to keep on hand.