You know those family recipes that are warm, comforting and taste better each time you have the chance to enjoy them? My grandma’s ham pot pie is one of those such recipes. My mom, sister and I are always saying that we need to learn how to master this meal on our own, but I’m not sure my grandma will ever let that happen! For the time being, I have at least taken the next step and documented the meal as it was being prepared, mostly by her! For those of you that are precise with measurements, you’re going to hate this. I’m one of those people, but I’m trying to learn how food can turn out delicious with a dash of this and handful of that. So just note, measurements in this recipe are approximate. Feel free to add more or less of anything as needed.
My grandma, mom, sister and I always have a great time when we’re together. They’re three people that I am so very grateful to have in my life. We actually spent this afternoon together a few weeks ago and my grandmother has since headed to Florida for a few weeks leaving us to enjoy all of this snow alone. Since we seem to be back in the thick of winter weather, I figured this was an appropriate recipe to share.
Here are the step by step pictures followed by the recipe. If it sounds foreign to you, it’s because it’s a Pennsylvania Dutch recipe and if you’ve never had it before, you definitely need to add it to your list. Or at least throw it on Pinterest and get back to it at some point ;)
- 10-12 C and 1 1/3 C water
- 4C flour
- 4 tbsp crisco
- 7-8lb half ham with bone
- 1-2tbsp parsley
- 1/2 dozen potatoes, peeled and diced
- salt and pepper to taste
- Boil the ham with the bone in 10-12 cups of water for approx. 30 minutes to make ham broth. Once complete, cut ham into pieces and set aside.
- Mix 1 1/3 C water, flour and crisco to make dough and then separate into a few sections.
- Roll out each section of dough to approx. 1/4 inch and cut into 2 in. squares.
- Bring broth to a boil and drop pieces of dough in for approx. 20-25min.
- While dough is boiling, bring a pot of water to boil and boil potatoes for approx. 10 minutes.
- Add potatoes, ham, parsley, salt and pepper to the dough/ham broth.
I could kick myself for not getting a picture of us girls that day, but here’s a shot of the four of us (plus my daughter) on Christmas day. Thanks for a fun day girls, let’s do it again!
What are some of your favorite family recipes?