Subject: ham & cheese delight
Date: 12/2/2020, 6:55 AM
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
From the scanned recipe:
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
Subject: Sharp Process American Cheese
Date: 12/15/2020, 3:18 PM
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.