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Country Ham Relish

Scott Phillips

Yield: Yields about 2 cups, enough for 8 sandwiches

Servings: 12 to 14 as a dip

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

Nutritional Information

  • Nutritional Sample Size Per 1/4 cup
  • Calories (kcal) : 180
  • Fat Calories (kcal): 100
  • Fat (g): 11
  • Saturated Fat (g): 4
  • Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 2.5
  • Monounsaturated Fat (g): 3.5
  • Cholesterol (mg): 35
  • Sodium (mg): 890
  • Carbohydrates (g): 11
  • Fiber (g): 1
  • Protein (g): 9


  • 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.


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Reviews (2 reviews)

  • penelopeplantlady | 03/16/2015

    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!

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    Pielove | 03/11/2013

    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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