Holiday Essentials: Yummy Deviled Ham

Andy Anderson !


Deviled ham is a quintessential part of most of my holiday tables; especially my holiday open houses. But I am not talking about that stuff you get in a can… I am talking about freshly made, bursting with fresh flavors, do-it-yourself deviled ham.

The spices for this recipe are based on what I like, and not what someone “thinks” that I like. When I put this out on my holiday table, the bowl always comes back to the butler’s pantry empty.

So, you ready… Let’s get into the kitchen.


★★★★★ 2 votes

6 -8
10 Min
No-Cook or Other



  • 8 oz
    ham, cut into chunks
  • 4 oz
    cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 c
    mayonnaise, or vegenaise
  • 1 Tbsp
    hot sauce, i prefer frank’s
  • 1 tsp
    dijon mustard, i prefer grey poupon
  • 1/4 tsp
    paprika, sweet or hot
  • ·
    salt, kosher variety, to taste
  • ·
    white pepper, freshly ground, to taste
  • 1 Tbsp
    pickle relish, dill variety
  • 1 Tbsp
    capers, chopped, plus some juice

How to Make Holiday Essentials: Yummy Deviled Ham


  2. Gather your Ingredients (mise en place).
  3. Place the ham in a food processor, fitted with an S-blade.
  4. Use 1-second pluses until you achieve the desired level of chop.
  5. Chef’s Note: I like mine a bit chunky, but you could continue the blending process all the way down to a pâté.
  6. Add the ham to a large bowl, and mix in the mayo, cream cheese, hot sauce, mustard, and paprika.
  7. Fold in the capers and pickle relish.
  8. Chef’s Note: Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  9. Chef’s Tip: Not all hams are created equal; some are decidedly saltier than others. Keep that in mind when you add the salt.
  10. Place in the refrigerator for an hour or so, before serving. This will give the ingredients a better chance to know each other.
  12. Serve in a nice bowl, along with some crackers, or small slices of bread. Enjoy.
  13. Keep the faith, and keep cooking.

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About Holiday Essentials: Yummy Deviled Ham

Course/Dish: Meat Appetizers
Main Ingredient: Pork
Regional Style: American
Other Tag: Quick & Easy
Hashtags: #holiday #ham

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