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Ham Loaf

We're headed back to Christmas of 1947 with this recipe - when the children and mama hate a nice meal of bake potatoes, ham loaf, a pineapple cheese salad (garnished with red hots!) and scalloped oysters. They ended the meal with jello, whipped cream, red cherries, and gold cake.

Christmas 1947: as recorded by great- great- grandma Nellie

The recipe shared with me for ham loaf comes from my great-grandma Emmy (Mary Emily) Schwengel's aunt Jane. She writes on the recipe, "Note: Aunt Jane was one of my favorite aunts and was known for her good cooking! I've had this recipe for 50 years".

Happy Holidays!

I've placed and * by the ingredients that I can find at my local Illinois famers market.


  • 1 pound ham, ground

  • 1/3 pound veal, ground

  • 1 egg

  • 1/2 cup milk

  • 1 cup bread crumbs

  • 1 large stalk celery, finely minced

  • 1 small onion, finely minced

  • Whole cloves, about four or five

  • Brown sugar, for garnish

  • 1/4 cup pineapple juice


  • Pre-heat oven to 325 degrees.

  • Mix all ingredients together, thoroughly.

  • Mold into a loaf pan.

  • Using a silver knife handle, score the top of the loaf into 1" squares.

  • Insert whole cloves into center of each square.

  • Sprinkle with brown sugar.

  • Just before placing into the oven, pour over 1/4 cup pineapple juice.

  • Bake for 1 1/2 hours.

Serving size: Serves about 6-8 people.

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