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postheadericon Pa. Dutch Ham Loaf with Pineapple Glaze

In the Coal Region and in Pa Dutch country, it is not unusual to have left over ham from a family holiday dinner or event. It is also easy to find meaty ham ends in grocery stores and butcher shops meaning there is a supply of good quality ham at our fingertips. Ham loaf is a PA thing – and is prolific in some areas across the state where you can find already mixed ground ham and pork for you to use. Many stores and shops even sell ready mixed  ham loaf — just take home and bake!

This ham meatloaf is one of my favorite ways to use leftover ham.  Ham loaf does require ground ham, but meat grinders are not a staple in every kitchen. I have a grinder attachment for my Kitchen Aid stand mixer and love it. For those without that indulgence in their arsenal, a food processor will do, but a food processor will be chopping the meat instead of grinding it, so the loaf may have a coarser texture than one made with ground ham. Some butcher shops stock ground ham, and others will grind some for you on request.   Leftover ham loaf makes a yummy sandwich (Ham loaf on rye with yellow mustard comes to mind…) giving left over regular meatloaf a run for its  money. The glaze for the ham loaf is the crowning glory. Some are basic brown sugar based, but my favorite is one that includes pineapple which you will find in this recipe. Unbaked ham loaf freezes well.  Glaze when it is time to bake. I like more ham than pork in my loaf, but equal parts works just as well. COOK’S NOTE: For this recipe you want a fully cooked ham, NOT cured “country ham”.

Pa Dutch Ham Loaf with Pineapple Glaze

Pa. Dutch Ham Loaf


  • 2 whole eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 cup finely crushed saltines
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1-1/2 pounds ground fully cooked ham
  • 1 pound ground fresh pork
  • SAUCE:
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon prepared yellow mustard
  • 1/3 cup white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 can (8 ounces) crushed pineapple in its own juice, undrained


  1. In a large bowl, beat the eggs; add milk, crackers and pepper. Add the ham and pork; mix well.
  2. Shape into a 9x4-in. loaf and place in a shallow baking dish.
  3. In a small bowl, combine sauce ingredients; pour over loaf.
  4. Bake at 350° until instant read thermometer registers 170°, about 80 to 90 minutes, basting with the sauce frequently. Do not overcook.
  5. Let rest for 10 - 15 minutes, slice and serve.

This kind of Ham

Use Fully Cooked Ham

NOT this kind

Do not use Country Ham


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