My friend Max was telling me about his in-laws’ declicious ham salad the other day at the party. He said it’s really addictive and one of the things he looks forward to after a family ham. Since I have a lot of ham left, the thought had been niggling in the back of my head. And I often find myself scrambling to figure out what to eat for lunch. Hmm. Ham salad.
I’ve never made ham salad in my life — so I did what anyone would do and googled it: Ham Salad. And because I’m me, I fiddled with it some. I put some leftover ham in the Cuisinart and whizzed it with the steel blade. It came out all nice and fluffy. I was surprised. I was afraid it would turn into ham mush. So I dumped it into a big bowl, then took a couple of pickles, a lot of leftover chopped scallions, and a handful of chopped apples (both leftover from the salads-that-weren’t) and whizzed them briefly. I didn’t want mush, I just wanted them smaller than they were. Into the big bowl with the fluffy ham it went. Then I put in a lot of mayo, mustard, some leftover sour cream (from the pecan biscuits) and a big squirt of Rooster sauce.
This made a lot of ham salad. So I froze about 3/4s of it, and put the rest of it in the fridge. Lunch was toast with ham salad, and a bowl of leftover greens soup. It’s really good. It might need a little more fiddling — I’m thinking thyme might just punch it up a tiny bit. But it’s good, and will make lunches a cinch for the rest of the week.
Now I just need to figure out what I’m going to do with the rest of the ham. I sense a session with my vaccuum sealer and the freezer coming up soon.