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Ham-Cheese Delight from BH&G

Subject: ham & cheese delight
From: Debi
Date: 12/2/2020, 6:55 AM
To: phaedrus@hungrybrowser.com

On 12/2/2020 4:48 AM, Debi wrote:

Hello. I hope you can help me. I am looking for a recipe called Ham-Cheese Delight. 
This recipe was in the 1976 Better Homes and Gardens Cook Book on page 200. (I have 
somehow lost that page!) The recipe was very basic. It included eggs (6 I think), 
diced ham, onion, milk and bread crumbs. I cannot remember the measurements and the 
last time I tried to make it I failed miserably.

I've searched all over the internet and cannot find this recipe. I would hate to have 
to buy a new copy of the cookbook. This is the only page I've managed to lose.

Thanks in advance.
Debi

Hello Debi,

I can't find any recipe called "ham and cheese delight" from BH&G.

I'll post this. Maybe one of my readers has that 1976 edition.

Phaed

On 12/2/2020 10:31 AM, Debi wrote

Hello again. I don't know if it makes a difference but the index of the book shows 
the name of the recipe as Ham-Cheese Delight. The word 'and' is not used. I appreciate 
your efforts. I am pursuing another avenue of inquiry so I will let you know if that 
one produces results.

Thanks again.
Debi

Hello Debi,

It didn't make any difference. There's no mention anywhere of a recipe for "ham-cheese delight". The closest thing that I can find is a recipe called "Ham 'n Cheese Delight". It has all the same ingredients except that it calls for 3 eggs and for cracker crumbs, not bread crumbs. It does not mention BH & G. See below for that recipe.

Unless your other inquiry is successful, I think we're going to have to wait until your request publishes on my site and hope that one of my readers has that 1976 edition of the cookbook and responds. I found a scan of the index from an undated copy of the BH & G cookbook (it may be from the sixties), but it does not have a dish with that name listed.

Phaed

Ham 'n Cheese Delight (from cooks.com)	 

1/2 c. chopped onion
1 tbsp. butter
2 c. chopped ham
3 eggs, slightly beaten
1 c. sharp American cheese, shredded
2/3 c. crushed crackers
1 1/2 c. milk
Dash of pepper

Cook chopped onion in butter until tender. Combine with ham, eggs, 
cheese, crushed crackers, milk, and pepper; mix well. 
Pour into a 10 x 6 x 1 1/2 inch baking dish. Bake at 350 degrees 
for 45-50 minutes or until knife inserted near center comes out 
clean. Makes 6 servings. Excellent for brunch.
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Hello,

The other source came through with a scanned copy from the cookbook. 
I've attached it for you. It was 3 eggs and cracker crumbs. It's been 
probably 20-25 years since I made this. Maybe I was doubling it and 
that's where the 6 eggs came from. 

Thanks again for all your help!
Debi
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From the scanned recipe:

Ham-Cheese Delight
				Oven 350 

Cook 1/2 cup finely chopped onion in 1
tablespoon butter until tender. Add 2 
cups finely chopped cooked ham, 3 slightly 
beaten eggs, 1 cup shredded sharp process 
American cheese, 2/3 cup fine cracker crumbs,
1 1/2 cups milk, and dash pepper. Mix well. 
Turn into a 10 x 6 x 1 1/2 inch baking dish.
Bake at 350 for 45 to 50 minutes. Serves 6.

Hmmmm... "sharp process American cheese?" Perhaps that is "sharp cheddar cheese made in America."

 
Subject: Sharp Process American Cheese
From: Jennifer
Date: 12/15/2020, 3:18 PM
To: phaedrus@hungrybrowser.com

Hello Uncle Phaedrus,
Up until about the late 70s Kraft made a sharp process American cheese 
called "Old English." Though it now only comes in jars, it used to come 
in a brick like Velveeta or in a package of slices.

However Kraft currently markets a sharp version of their American Cheese 
slices, called "Deli Deluxe Sharp Cheddar pasturized process American Cheese.

My grandmother who was an American Cheese fan said that the only modern 
American Cheese that tastes like it used to in the 50s was Land O Lakes 
which she bought at the deli counter. To recreate an old recipe calling 
for American Cheese, I would buy either Land O Lakes, Boar's Head or some 
other premium American at the deli counter.

Best Regards,
Jennifer


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