Savory Baked French Toast Croque Monsieur (with Ham and Cheese)

What is Ham?

All types of ham start out as a roast cut from the hind leg of a hog. This is called a fresh ham. Before it’s prepared, it is no different than any other pork roast. To become ham, the pork is aged, cured, smoked, and/or cooked.



How long will ham salad keep?

It should last for 10 days in a sealed container in the refrigerator.

Can I freeze deviled ham?

Yes. Because the ingredients are processed to a smooth spread, the deviled ham will freeze well for up to 2 months. Defrost and give it a good stir before serving.

Can I use a ham steak if I don’t have leftover ham? Yes. You’ll want to cook the ham steak first, either in a saute pan or baked in the oven. Be sure to trim away any tough skin and fat before adding it to the food processor. Do not use ham from the deli.

This simple spread is so versatile, it can easily morph for any occasion. 

A side by side comparison

I conducted a taste test with Scott, my husband, (who also had fond memories of Underwood Deviled Ham from his childhood). I gave him both the homemade and canned deviled ham on some Stacy’s Pita Chips with a neutral drink to clear the palate between tastings… Ok, it was a gin and tonic.

First, he conducted a “smell test” sniffing the canned deviled ham and the homemade. The canned had a decidedly processed smell… he said it reminded him of dog food, (but we don’t have a dog, so I can’t attest to that).

The homemade smelled fresh and tangy. “Inviting” was the word he used.

Visually, he noted that the canned stuff was “looser” and had an oily quality. Homemade was thicker and creamier.

Then the taste test…

His reaction was eye opening. Literally, his eyes opened WIDE.

His response to the canned ham was, “I can’t believe I used to eat this stuff. All I taste is SALT.”

“The homemade version tastes like ham, but with so much more… it’s lighter, sweeter, tangy — and it doesn’t taste like a salt lick.”

Several crackers later, he was shaking his head, telling me never to buy the canned stuff again.

Our not so scientific “survey of two” concluded that the differences between fresh and homemade ham spread and canned are clear and vast.

Let’s dive deep and take a look at the difference between the two, starting with the ingredients:

Ways to Modify This Recipe

You could certainly change this recipe up by adding different veggie fillings. Cooked, diced sweet potato or cooked mushrooms would be yummy. Try not to add any raw veggies that take a while to cook because they’ll still be uncooked at the end of baking time.

Not into cheese? Cool, you can leave that off. Salsa or pesto would be tasty on top as well.

Ham and Asparagus Quiche

Savory ham and asparagus quiche is the perfect dish to make for Easter or brunch. The buttery crust is filled with egg custard, ham, leeks, chives, and asparagus.

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