Monday, January 13, 2014

Callie's Ham Salad

I'm not sure if y'all remember me talking about how, for years, I didn't really care for Pimiento Cheese.  I tried it several times as a kid and later as an adult and it never really appealed to me a whole lot.  Then I tried Callie's Pimiento Cheese.  And it was life changing. Life changing, I tell ya! This stuff was amazing. It wasn't gloopy with a ton of mayo or seasoned with bizarre spices.  I felt like Goldielocks from the Three Little Bears.  It was just right.  That was it. Just like that, I was hooked.  I have been spoiled.  And did I mention that Callie's makes some pretty darn amazing biscuits too?  They are small, square, little bites of tenderness.  All made by hand at Callie's Charleston Biscuits. In fact, that is what Callie's is known for, their biscuits.  But you gotta trust me on that Pimiento Cheese too. It will rock your socks. If you are ever down that way, you gotta stop in and pick you some up (or you can order it, and the biscuits, online). 
So, I got pretty giddy when I got my hands on a new cookbook called 'Callie's Biscuits and Southern Traditions' from Carrie Morey (the owner of Callie's Charleston Biscuits in Charleston, South Carolina).  I have been dying to know how she makes her pimiento cheese, y'all.  I mean, it didn't taste like any of the other thousands I had tried before. It's special, ya know.  Well, it's definitely a top secret recipe because Carrie doesn't share it in her new cookbook. Well, shoot.   BUT, she does give away her mother's special biscuit recipe!  The biscuit recipe Carrie shares is the same recipe that put Callie's (named after Carrie's Momma) on the map! You'll have to check out her cookbook though to get that heirloom recipe. Carrie only uses White Lily flour.  Y'all know how I feel about White Lily flour when making biscuits.  Remember those 2-Ingredient Cream Biscuits I shared? Mmmm Hmmm. It is just the BEST flour for biscuit making.  
 Carrie is definitely a true southern cook.  But I like how she has put her own spin on southern classics.  This cookbook not only has southern favorites like fried chicken, squash casserole and banana pudding but it also has Carrie's unique twist to other southern dishes like collard greens and deviled eggs. She nicely mixes the comforting classics we know and love with a few modern twists while still keeping it simple.  And the pictures in this book (holy cow) they are drool-worthy.   Hang on, let me wipe my chin. 
This would make a great cookbook for new cooks as well as seasoned cooks.  Carrie's recipes are a fresh take on old favorites while still paying tribute to her Mom's and Grandma's family-favorite recipes. So, I thought I'd share a recipe today that Carrie says is inspired by her Grandma's original dish.  It is for ham salad. It caught my attention because I've always had ham salad with relish not onions and celery (like I traditionally use in a chicken salad).  So I thought I needed to give this one a spin.  It had a great range of flavors while still being fairly simple to make!  Scroll down to enter the giveaway for Carrie's cookbook as well as a fantastic prize pack from the good folks at White Lily!
Ingredients:
1 pound ham (leftover or purchased thick slab), trimmed of fat and diced
1/2 cup chopped onion 
3 stalks celery, chopped
2 dill "sandwich-sliced" pickles, chopped
2/3 cup mayonnaise
2 tbsp. Dijon mustard
1 tbsp. light brown sugar
1 1/2 tsp. pickle juice
kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper (to taste)

Note: I used a couple of dill spears since I didn't have any of the "sandwich-sliced" pickles on hand.  Also, I used a sweet onion (like a Vidalia). 

Directions:
Put the ham, onion, and celery in a food processor. 
(season with a bit of black pepper)
  Pulse (short, quick pulses) 20-25 times to mince.  
 Combine remaining ingredients (chopped pickles, mayo, mustard brown sugar and pickle juice). 
 Then stir in minced ham mixture
Cover and chill.  (I chilled it for several hours, it definitely gets better as it chills for a while). 
Note: give it a taste test before serving.  I didn't add any additional salt to mine because my ham was salty enough so additional salt would have been too much.  But adjust it to your taste.
Serve on rolls, biscuits or as a spread for crackers!

Enjoy!


Want your own copy of this heirloom cookbook? Click on link below to order!


***GIVEAWAY***
Includes:
1 copy of 'Callie's Biscuits and Southern Traditions' cookbook
1 'Save the Biscuit' t-shirt (I will get the correct size when I have a winner chosen)
A 2-lb bag of White Lily self-rising flour
1 biscuit cutter
1 pastry blender
1 tea towel
1 flour sifter

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93 comments:

Tina said...

Recipes for biscuits are among my favorites!

Anonymous said...

My favorite
southern food is Chicken and Rice. Also red velvet cake I am Debbie Lind But have to post Anonymous on your website sorry

Debbie said...

Bisquits, and more Bisquits. I don't have them very often. I'm not good at making them. But boy do I miss my Mama's bisquits.

Manda said...

I love cheese grits.

K Little @Cooking with K said...

I have been wanting to make ham salad…this recipe looks great! Like the idea of using the food processor….

Anonymous said...

Don't have a food processor.Will a blender work?

Karrie Millheim said...

I love southern fried chicken deep fried. yum. This recipe above looks so good

Chelle said...

Deviled Eggs...it's the small things for me ;)

Alyson Thompson said...

Fried okra is a favorite of mine!

Babs said...

Pecan Pie is probably my favorite.

ChristinaC said...

Fried catfish

Kristin Rae said...

Grits!

michele376 said...

My favorite southern food is fried chicken.

Cheryl S. said...

My favorite is biscuits! Thank you for the giveaway :)

Jewel said...

Biscuits & sausage gravy

Anonymous said...

One of my favorite southern foods is ham and bean soup with cornbread.

Birdie Bee said...

Southern fried chicken is my favorite.

Jenn said...

Banana Pudding!

Anonymous said...

Pecan Fried Chicken, best had at historic restaurant at Stone Mountain,Georgia

Robin Coxon said...

Bean and Ham bone soup is one of my favorite topped off with cornbread made with creamed corn.

Christy Spurlock said...

I love biscuits and country gravy.

Ayalicious said...

Pecan Pie loooooooooooooooove

kellyr78 said...

I like Chicken Pot Pies.
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Pam Gurganus said...

My favorite southern recipe is my mother-in-law's chicken and pastry!

Andrea said...

I love some good fried chicken. Thanks for the chance to enter.

Andrea D.
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mimiof2 said...

My favorite Southern recipe is Southern Fried Chicken! Heck, i love all Southern food! :) Thank you for the chance! mimieavers@gmail.com

Drisanna said...

Fried catfish is my favorite, I think. Though black-eyed peas and okra is awfully good, too. And fried chicken. I'm going to stop now, I'm making myself hungry and I just finished dinner.

morchella said...

Hoppin jogn and cornbread dressing my favorite recipes but of course we love gumbo too.

Holly in Houston said...

Fried chicken. Chicken pot pie. Chicken and biscuits. Chicken fried chicken. Did I mention chicken and anything? Thanks for making these great prizes available. jtropic@comcast.net

Barbara Mc said...

Our newest southern favorite is your Pineapple Casserole, we love it!

Elizabeth said...

Southern fried chicken is my absolutely favorite.
Elizabeth
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Roseanna C said...

There is a corn casserole recipe that I really love, and of course, biscuits

Anne H said...

shrimp and grits, and biscuits, of course!

Jeannette Harnish said...

mac and cheese

labbie1 said...

Biscuits and Gravy!

Maria W. said...

I love fried chicken with corn bread. Delicious!

Mimi G said...

There are so many - shrimp & grits and sweet tea.

karen bullion said...

My favorite southern southern recipe--that is not fair. I eat it all the time. I cannot make biscuits worth a hoot but I can fry chicken, cook collard greens, make gravy and am always asked to make banana pudding for all holiday meals. I love bean dumplings and no one can make them as well as my mother-in-law's sister. Not sure if that is a southern thing but it is definitely a Parrott thing.

abeullah said...

fried chicken and corn breas.

abeullah said...

should be corn bread

scmom (Barbara) said...

Ham salad is one if my favorite dishes. My recipe is almost the same except I add a few hard boiled eggs. I would love that cookbook. I am a southerner at heart, but just across the Mason-Dixon Line in Ohio.

suburban prep said...

I have not really had any Southern food.
My mother was born in Texas of parents who were from Europe so I have not really had Southern food.

Denise V. Moses said...

Love everything southern. Makes my mouth water.

Anonymous said...

Brownie P

Fried Chicken, Mashed potato and cream gravy.

Sandra Henslee said...

Paula Deen's Chicken Pot Pie!

Diane Nickerson said...

Biscuits and gravy and cheese grits are two of my favorites. Really looking forward to trying this ham salad recipe. I've been looking for a good one for years!

Anonymous said...

Biscuits, biscuits and sausage gravy, cornbread, all the good things. Dom't forget banana pudding

PatCH qfanon@aol.com

Janette Griffin said...

I've been sick for two days, having only crackers and ginger ale. After reading all these comments about everyone's favorite southern foods, I'm so hungry I could eat my iPad, especially if ya chicken fried it and smothered it in gravy.

Joan Oscarson said...

Pecan Pie and your butter dipped biscuits.

scottylover said...

My favorite southern recipe is Red Velvet cake. Love it!
Sandy A

Nancy Andrews said...

Biscuits and sausage gravy with grits also if possible.

Debbie Bishop said...

I love Pulled Pork!

Sunnie said...

I like fried chicken
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Amy said...

Sweet potato casserole is my all-time favorite!

Lisa Elder said...

I'd have to say my favorite southern recipe to make is pound cake or a pineapple poke cake.

Joey J said...

this looks delicious!! Thanks for the recipe!! My fave Southern recipe(I grew up in the South) is banana pudding! yum!

Thanks for the chance to win!

Joey J.

Susan Broughton said...

My favorite Southern recipe is for Breakfast, I love Sausage Biscuits and Gravy. There's nothing like it with eggs and fried apples too. Mmmmm!

Anonymous said...

fried chicken i dont no how to profile im mona camp

Christine said...

My husband is a southerner and he has spent years trying to show me the errors of my northern ways :)
I do love a good biscuit and gravy breakfast, and he is a big fan of ham, beans, and cornbread.

Judy said...

I love true sothern recipes. Biscuits and gravy - what not to like!!!

romi said...

Southern Fried Chicken and Pecan Pie

Tracy Flickinger said...

My favorite southern recipe is chicken and sausage gumbo. UMMMMMMM!!!!

Kris Philpot said...

Biscuits and sausage gravy is tops in my book. Thank you for the opportunity to win this prize package. Good luck everyone.

Terry said...

Shrimp and Grits!! Double yum!!

Patty Howe said...

Chicken fried steak!!

Dalila G. said...

Oooo......I have to go with fried pork chops, parsnips and collared greens with pickle juice mixed in.
Now that's a great southern dish to have anytime!
Thanks for the chance to win these great gifts!

Anonymous said...

I love southern food. Fried chicken fried okra. Biscuits and gravy. It is all yummy

Anonymous said...

I love Okra and Collard Greens...I'm from Australia and I had never had them until I moved to the South. Yummy
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Marie said...

My favorite southern food is collard greens.

Amy Anthony said...

Love all southern food...biscuits, cornbread, country ham, fried chicken, fried okra, cream style corn, green beans, any fruit cobbler, peach cobbler, banana pudding, mustard geens, sweet potato casserole....yum, yum!! Thanks for giving the chance to win all of these good items.

Leslie said...

this tastes divine! although I did sneak in a splash of pineapple juice.

msbooch75 said...

I usually look at the baked goods and so far I have a good list going. Pound cake and southern biscuits are the favs. My neighbor always gets a share of my baking cuz she works everyday and no time.

BumbleBeeLane said...

Fried chicken. But so hard to choose just one.

MaryB said...

Too hard to choose just one....shrimp and grits or BISCUITS!

Anonymous said...

I enjoy all of your receipes so much! Thank you for taking all of the time that you do posting receipes and sharing recipes! They are excellent!

Anonymous said...

My favorite southern recipe is banana pudding. My mother made this for me when I was little. I will never forget that taste.

Cele Deemer said...

Biscuits & gravy! It was my dad's favorite too,

Shannon said...

My all time favorite Southern food is banana pudding. My grandmother made THE best and I'm always trying to recreate it. However, The Commissary in Memphis has pretty awesome, bring-a-tear-to-your-eye banana pudding.

Kara Marks said...

I love fried okra!

April @ PolkaDots n' PinkySwears said...

I would have to say cheese grits!! I love them!!

Drew said...

I haven't had ham salad in years, you've just inspired me to get back on that wagon!

keshakeke said...

I love hushpuppies and chicken pastry

sharonjo said...

One of my favorites is Italian Cream Cake. I think that's a southern recipes, isn't it?
sharonjo at gwtc dot net

Caroline Sanders said...

I don't make them but I order shrimp and grits whenever possible!

emilyanne said...

Pimento Cheese, especially a grilled pimento cheese sandwich! Another favorite is definitely Banana Pudding with meringue!

sunny14 said...

Southern Fried Chicken with gravy

Catherine said...

I love all southern foods but I would have to say either fried chicken or gumbo! Thank you for hosting such a fun giveaway. Those ham sandwiches look delish! Blessings, Catherine

M.j. said...

Chicken fried steak with gravy and mashed potatoes.

Melissa @ My Recent Favorite Books said...

I love Biscuits and Gravy! ( with lots of fresh pepper ) !

Doona Goddard said...

just lov Southern food. this Maine born gal lived in Fla. for 20 yrs, and Tenn for 5 yrs. sure got hooked on pulled pork, catfish n hush puppies, etc. had cheese grits this am with my eggs n toast. also love Biscuits n gravy.
didn't see anyplace to enter the giveaway with all the biscuits ingredients. I use a can for my biscuits, as I can't find a biscuit n donut cutter anywhere in this small burg.

Anonymous said...

Love, love fried chicken, fried okra and all other southern foods! White Lily floue a TOTAL must keep on hand!
Sue C

Stella said...

Peach cobbler!

Anonymous said...

I always add a bit of pineapple juice to my ham salad....no measuring just enough to taste. maybe a 1/4 c. or less.