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Every family has them – the black sheep, odd holiday tradition(my family always drank pink pineapple-grapefruit juice on Christmas morning), or even the really strange recipe. Tonight, I am preparing the really strange recipe – Ham Pie. I’m not sure exactly where this recipe originated. I just know that my mother’s side of the family has always made it. My own children love it. I recently taught my middle son how to make it. (Isn’t it nice when they call mom for a recipe?) Many folks outside of our family think this is a weird recipe, but it you love ham and eggs (not to mention pie), you might want to give it a try.

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Ham Pie

  • ready made pie crust (OK, you can make it from scratch)
  • all of the chunks of leftover ham that won’t just slice off the bone (in times of desperation, I use the cubed ham that is pre-packaged, but it is not the same)
  • 6-8 eggs
  • salt and pepper

First, decide if you want a top and bottom crust or just a top crust. Tonight I just went with a top crust because I am “trying” to watch the calorie intake. If you want both, roll out one crust and place it into a pie plate overlapping the sides a bit. Boil the ham chunks in water(just enough to cover them).  Use a slotted spoon to dip out the ham into the pie crust. Pour in just enough of the water from the pan to almost cover the ham. Crack 6-8 eggs into the mixture. Salt and pepper the eggs.

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Roll out and place the top crust over the mixture and “flute” the edges. After all, you want to make it fancy!

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Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes. At this point, I take it out and add a “foil ring” over the edges to keep them from burning and bake another 10-15 minutes.

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Let it rest for about 5 minutes. Cook and serve.

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