Ham loaf may not be the most appetizing name, but my ham loaf with tasty brown sugar Dijon glaze is totally delicious! The tangy-sweet Dijon glaze will get you hooked and you'll be putting ham loaf on your list of favorite weekly dinners!
Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) and line a rimmed baking sheet or baking dish with parchment paper.
Melt the butter in a small skillet or frying pan over medium heat, then saute the diced onion for 4-5 minutes or until it reaches your desired level of tenderness. Remove from heat when done and allow to cool.
¼ cup onion, 1 tablespoon butter
Place cubed ham into a food processor and pulse until broken up and ground, but not turning into a paste consistency. Transfer the ham into a large mixing bowl.
3 cups ham
Add the remaining ingredients (ground pork, egg, seasoned breadcrumbs, milk, ground black pepper, and sauteed onion) and mix until well combined.
1 lb ground pork, 1 large egg, ⅔ cup seasoned breadcrumbs, ½ cup milk, ⅛ teaspoon ground black pepper
Transfer the ham loaf mixture to your prepared baking sheet or pan and form into a loaf shape, approximately 8x4-inches in size. Place the loaf into your oven in the middle of the center rack and bake for 1 hour at 350°F (175°C) or until the internal temperature of the ham loaf reaches 160°F (71°C).
Combine the glaze ingredients in a small bowl (light brown sugar, Dijon mustard, and apple cider vinegar) until smooth. Coat the ham loaf with the glaze and top with optional pineapple rings and maraschino cherries then return to the oven for an additional 15 minutes.
¼ cup light brown sugar, 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard, 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar, pineapple rings & maraschino cherries
Remove the cooked ham loaf from your oven and tent a sheet of aluminum foil over the loaf loosely. Allow the ham loaf to rest for 10 minutes before slicing and serving.