Ham and English Muffins and Cheese

Ham Pucks, my mother called them. In all reality, these are simply ham salad placed on an English Muffin, topped with cheese, and then broiled to melty goodness. It’s an old family recipe that brings me a sense of nostalgia and place in the world. I reach for this one when I’m tired, cold, or need reminded that I do indeed come from somewhere. There’s nothing complicated about these, and they’re open to a wide variety of changes and interpretations. Mayonaise could be replaced with yoghurt or cream cheese if mayo isn’t your thing (the kind from a jar isn’t mine: I make my own though I use a blender or food processor). Ham salad itself is happy to accept additional flavors and seasonings as well. Add in a bit of saffron and sesame seeds or some chipotle powder, oregano, and cumin. Or, if you’re like me and looking for a taste of Americana, keep it simple and enjoy what each element brings to the party on their own.

Ham Pucks

Ham PucksIngredients

  • 0.5 lb ham
  • 1.0 onion
  • 2.0 pickles
  • 0.5 cup mayo
  • 4.0 oz cheese
  • 4.0 English Muffins

Make It!

Add the ham, onion, pickles, and mayo to a food processor and process until well mixed. Place 1/8 of the mixture on a half of an English Muffin. Cover with cheese (I like a mix of Gryuere and cheddar) and place in the oven under the broiler for 5 – 10 minutes, or until the cheese is melted. Sprinkle with a bit of paprika and serve.

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