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!  
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!

93 comments :

  1. Recipes for biscuits are among my favorites!

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  2. 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

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  3. 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.

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

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

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

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

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  8. Pecan Pie is probably my favorite.

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  9. My favorite southern food is fried chicken.

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

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

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  12. Southern fried chicken is my favorite.

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

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

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  15. I like Chicken Pot Pies.
    Kellywcu8888ATgmailDOTcom

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

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

    Andrea D.
    short74717@msn.com

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

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  19. 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.

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

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  21. 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

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

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  23. Southern fried chicken is my absolutely favorite.
    Elizabeth
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  24. There is a corn casserole recipe that I really love, and of course, biscuits

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  25. shrimp and grits, and biscuits, of course!

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  26. I love fried chicken with corn bread. Delicious!

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

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  28. 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.

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  29. 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.

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  30. 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.

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  31. Love everything southern. Makes my mouth water.

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  32. Brownie P

    Fried Chicken, Mashed potato and cream gravy.

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  33. 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!

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

    PatCH qfanon@aol.com

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  35. 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.

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  36. Pecan Pie and your butter dipped biscuits.

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

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  38. Biscuits and sausage gravy with grits also if possible.

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  39. I love Pulled Pork!

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  40. I like fried chicken
    sunniewoodyplus2 atmsn.com

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  41. Sweet potato casserole is my all-time favorite!

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

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  43. 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.

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  44. 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!

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  45. fried chicken i dont no how to profile im mona camp

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  46. 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.

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

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  48. Southern Fried Chicken and Pecan Pie

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

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

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  51. Shrimp and Grits!! Double yum!!

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  52. 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!

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

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  54. I love Okra and Collard Greens...I'm from Australia and I had never had them until I moved to the South. Yummy
    ginger_rose@hotmail.com

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  55. My favorite southern food is collard greens.

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  56. 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.

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

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  58. 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.

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  59. Fried chicken. But so hard to choose just one.

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

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  61. 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!

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

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

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  64. 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.

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

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

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  67. I love hushpuppies and chicken pastry

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

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

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

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  71. Southern Fried Chicken with gravy

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  72. 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

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  73. Chicken fried steak with gravy and mashed potatoes.

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

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  75. 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.

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

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  77. 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.

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