Back when I lived in my apartment, the local grocery store’s butcher department had a great store-made ham salad. Every time I visited the store, I would get a little container of it. Whether it was spread on a few crackers or on a piece of bread to make a sandwich, it was simple, packed with flavor and totally hit the spot. When I saw the recipe for Deviled Ham and Pickle Sandwiches in the April 2009 issue of Gourmet magazine, it instantly reminded me of that ham salad. Funny how I had forgotten all about it.
I quickly jotted down the ingredients and planned on making it for an upcoming lunch. Usually I don’t plan lunches during the week. Since I work mostly from home, lunch consists of scrounging for leftovers, and nothing more exciting than that. It was time for a change.
Consisting of mostly pantry items, it takes just a few minutes to whip together, and you’ll have a fantastic lunch in no time flat. Although it wasn’t suggested, I served the deviled ham on pumpernickel bread. I’m a fan of the dark bread in small doses, and it seemed like it would be perfect for this salad recipe.
Between the slight tang of the deviled ham, to the sharp bite of the raw onions and the sweet ending of the pickles, it was totally lick-your-fingers good .. and beyond that, a nice respite from leftovers. Surprisingly, even Madeline agreed, coming back again and again for another bite. She’s got good taste that one.
Deviled Ham and Pickle Sandwiches
Recipe courtesy of Gourmet magazine, April 2009
- 1-1/2 cups chopped cooked ham (1/2 pound)
- 1/3 cup mayonnaise
- 2 teaspoons grainy mustard
- 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1/4 teaspoon Tabasco
- Sliced cornichons or dill pickles
- Thinly sliced sweet onion
- 8 slices sandwich bread
Pulse ham with mayonnaise, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, and Tabasco in a food processor until finely chopped. (I just chopped the ham up and mixed it all together in a bowl, and skipped the food processor)
Make sandwiches with ham mixture, pickles, onion, and bread.
Yield: 4 sandwiches (I’d be hard-pressed to say there was enough for 4 sandwiches. Maybe 3)