An Amish homemaker typically has a pretty ready supply of meats on hand and they know how to stretch it’s use. In most Amish settlements, the meats are your typical chicken and beef. In some of the Amish settlements I have visited out west elk and even bear meat is common. Bear or elk meat can be blended with hamburger to take the edge off the “gamey” taste and stretch the meat supply. Here is a good ham loaf recipe using a blend of meats. This comes from an Amish woman in Millersburg, Ohio. As is typical of Amish recipes the instructions are a little sparse,but I think most of you will be able to figure it out. This stock image looks pretty close to what this recipe creates. Enjoy!
Amish Ham Loaf
Serves: 2 loaves
- 5 pounds equal amounts beef, ham, and sausage, ground
- 3 eggs, beaten
- 1 cup graham cracker crumbs
- 1 cup white cracker crumbs
- 1 1 /2 cups milk
- 3 /4 cup brown sugar
- 1 /2 teaspoon mustard
- 1 /4 cup vinegar
- 1 /4 cup water
- Mix the loaf ingredients until combined thoroughly.
- Shape into loaves in baking pans.
- Baste with half the sauce:
- Cover with foil and bake at 350 for one hour.
- Remove foil and baste with remaining sauce and bake one more hour.