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Country Ham Relish


Serves 12 to 14 as a dip

Yields about 2 cups, enough for 8 sandwiches

  • by from Fine Cooking
    Issue 122

Served on crackers, endive leaves, or celery ribs, this sweet and salty relish makes an irresistible hors d’oeuvre. It’s also a delicious sandwich spread—try it on buttered whole wheat toast topped with sliced tomato and romaine lettuce leaves.

  • 8 oz. country ham (uncooked or cooked), trimmed of most fat and diced (about 1-1/2 cups)
  • 1/2 cup golden raisins
  • 4 oz. cream cheese, softened and cut into 2 pieces
  • 3 Tbs. mayonnaise or sour cream; more as needed
  • 3 Tbs. sweet pickle relish
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Scatter half of the ham in a layer in a food processor fitted with the metal blade, followed by half of the golden raisins. Repeat the layers with the remaining ham and raisins, and pulse until very few golden raisins remain whole, about fifteen 2-second pulses.

Transfer the mixture to a large bowl and dollop the cream cheese, mayonnaise, and pickle relish evenly over the top. With a silicone spatula, blend the mixture until it’s combined well and spreadable. Adjust the texture with more mayonnaise, if desired, and season to taste with black pepper.


The relish can be refrigerated for up to 5 days.

nutrition information (per serving):
Size : Per 1/4 cup, Calories (kcal): 180, Fat (kcal): 11, Fat Calories (g): 100, Saturated Fat (g): 4, Protein (g): 9, Monounsaturated Fat (g): 3.5, Carbohydrates (mg): 11, Polyunsaturated Fat (mg): 2.5, Sodium (g): 890, Cholesterol (g): 35, Fiber (g): 1,

Photo: Scott Phillips

Reminds me of the Deviled Ham Spread my mom used to buy. I didn't have any raisins at the same time as the piece of ham I wanted to do away with, but did find some dried apricots in the frig. Subbed those in, and I think it made a very interesting spread! Next time, I think I would make it a little savory/sweet and add some Dijon mustard, shallots, and/or horseradish. We'll see!

This transformed a bit of that eternal leftover ham into a delicious sandwich spread. The pickle relish makes it! I used city ham.

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