Glorious Ham Salad is a ham salad that I recently tried. This basic ham salad doesn't taste so ordinary, you are going to love this one.
Glorious ham salad is named after it's creator, Gloria makes an amazing and simple ham salad. I was recently at a party and Gloria brought the most delicious ham salad I ever had. I wasn't the only person at the party that thought this was the most amazing ham salad imaginable. I loved that she used simple slices of ham to make this homemade ham salad. She used a lot of unique ingredients in it, and I thought it would be a great recipe to add to the website.
So she starts with a package of sliced ham. She first cooked the ham in water, but she added brown sugar. This cooking of the lunch meat helps to remove some of the saltiness of the meat. The brown sugar adds a nice touch to the flavor. I have made this with both a smoked ham, and honestly some of the cheapest ham you can buy, and both of them worked great.
She uses gherkin pickles. These are small pickles that are sweet. So they add a nice flavor. I think you could also use India Relish (made by Heinz) for a fairly similar taste. Pickle juice adds to the flavor. She claimed her real secret was by grating a red onion in the salad as well. For me, ham salad is often prepared with far too much mayonnaise. I always felt a salty meat held together by way too much mayonnaise wasn't a dish that I wanted to enjoy.
Why cook the ham again? Ham is already cooked.
Gloria, the lady who gave me her recipe, said she thought that cooking, the ham, again, with the brown sugar added to the flavor of the ham salad. After having sampled a fair amount of her ham salad, I agreed, it added to the flavor.
I would have to agree that all of these ingredients combine together to make a basic ham salad recipe. I personally am not wild about ham salad, and I can't recall ever ordering or even making a ham salad until I tried one like hers. I hope you enjoy this one as much I have.
Glorious Ham Salad
Enjoy this classic ham salad made with every day ingredients.
- 14 to 16 ounces ham slices
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 1 1/2 tablespoons grated red onion
- 1 1/2 tablespoons chopped gherkin pickles
- 2 teaspoons pickle juice
- 2 tablespoons mayonnaise (not Miracle Whip)
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
Place ham slices into a pot add 1 tablespoon of brown sugar. Add enough water to just cover the ham. Simmer for about 20 minutes. Remove ham from water, and allow to cool.
In a food processor add ham slices, red onion, gherkin pickles, pickle juice, mayonnaise to the food processor. Pulse several times. Taste, and season with salt and pepper.Print Recipe