Have a new way to spice up your breakfast or appetizer with this quick and easy to make DEVILED HAM. Serve it on your sandwiches or as a spread or dip to your favorite crackers. A great way to make use of all those leftover holiday ham!
After last year’s Christmas, a friend left a chat on me asking for a way or recipe where she can put her leftover ham from Christmas Eve in use. And so, here I am to the rescue!
I shared my version of Deviled Ham. My friend added it into their breakfast sandwiches, and it became their Christmas Day breakfast “superstar” meal as she described it.
Now, even without leftover ham, she always makes sure to have it ready inside their fridge for an easy spread and dip whenever they want.
What is Deviled Ham?
Incorporating the word “devil” or “deviled” to food in accordance with the Oxford Companion to Food means “to cook something with fiery hot spices or condiments”. So, they are obviously hot and spicy.
Deviled ham is basically ground ham with added mustard and hot sauce (those are what I use in this recipe) while some use cayenne pepper and even hot pepper.
Is Deviled Ham Good For You?
While a ready-made version is offered out in the market, it’s absolutely packed with lots of sodium and preservatives to prolong shelf life.
My version here is much better because you can use the freshest ingredients and adjust the taste depending on your dietary needs or preference.
Deviled Ham Ingredients
To have this fantastic dip requires a few simple ingredients surely you have in store. Let’s look into these ingredients one-by-one before we go to the fun part 😉
- Cream Cheese
- Mayonnaise (Try my Homemade Version for a healthier option)
- Sweet Onion
- Sweet Pickle Relish
- Hot Sauce
- Lemon Juice
- Green Onion
- Worcestershire Sauce
- Cayenne Pepper
- Salt and Pepper
Feel free to make this recipe your own. Adjust the spiciness, or add other ingredients depending on your liking.
Pro Tip: Some ham is quite salty. If that’s the case, scale back on Worcestershire sauce or completely leave it out.
How Long is Deviled Ham Good For?
Fall in love with this sweet, spicy, and tangy spread over and over again by making a bunch of it.
This recipe contains mayonnaise so I do not recommend leaving it out any longer than two (2) hours.
Leftovers should be placed in an airtight container, then place in the refrigerator for up to two (2) days.
Freeze it if you want for up to six (months) but I wouldn’t recommend it. Though it’s still edible, I just personally don’t like the texture of it once it’s thawed.
However, if you’re planning to give this as a holiday gift, store it in a tightly closed jar placed in a cooler filled with ice. Remind your recipient to transfer it inside the refrigerator and consume within two (2) days.
What to Pair With It?
You can pair this homemade Deviled Ham with any of the following:
- Sliced baguettes
- Basic Homemade White Bread (as a breakfast sandwich)
- Easy Dinner Rolls
- Crudités (celery sticks, carrot sticks, cucumber sticks, bell pepper strips, and the likes)
- Homemade Tortilla Chips
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How to Make Deviled Ham
Place chopped ham in a food processor until finely chopped.
Remove ham from the processor and place in a large bowl together with the cream cheese, onion, sweet pickle relish, green onion, mustard, hot sauce, Worcestershire sauce (optional), mayonnaise, salt, and black pepper to taste, cayenne pepper (optional), and lemon juice. Salt lightly, if desired. Keep in mind that the ham is salty. Store in the fridge for up to 48 hours or serve immediately with crackers and vegetables, toasts or on sandwiches.
Watch How To Make It
- 2 cups diced ham
- 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
- ¼ cup finely chopped sweet onion
- 1 tablespoon sweet pickle relish
- 1 green onion, chopped
- 1 teaspoon mustard
- ½-1 teaspoon hot sauce
- ½ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce, optional
- ⅓ cup mayonnaise
- salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
- ⅛ -¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper, optional
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- Place chopped ham in a food processor until finely chopped.
- Remove ham from the processor and place in a large bowl together with the cream cheese, onion, sweet pickle relish, green onion, mustard, hot sauce, Worcestershire sauce (optional), mayonnaise, salt, and black pepper to taste, cayenne pepper (optional), and lemon juice.
- Salt lightly, if desired. Keep in mind that the ham is salty.
- Store in the fridge for up to 48 hours or serve immediately with crackers and vegetables, toasts or on sandwiches.
Tips & Notes:
- Please keep in mind that nutritional information is a rough estimate and can vary greatly based on products used.