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Grandma’s Ham Pot Pie

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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 ;)

hampotpieIngredients:

  • 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

Directions:

  • 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!

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What are some of your favorite family recipes?

 

  • Rebecca Bartron says:

    Your posts always inspire me to eat something or buy something :)

  • Carrie says:

    We can’t wait to make this! Thanks so much!!

  • Aubrey says:

    This is the same way my family prepares it except we cook the potatoes the whole time with the ham and dough so the starch makes it a bit more like gravy instead of a thin broth! Delicious!…ps im from pa dutch country;)

  • Mare says:

    Thanks for sharing this recipe! My hubby said his granpappy used to make this and he wished I could find a recipe. Lo and behold I did on Pinterest, and it led me here. (o:
    I made this and it was hubby approved. He said his PapPap would have been proud.
    Thanks again for helping me make some good memories be remembered from my hubby’s youth.
    A PA gal livin’ in GA.

    • marisa says:

      Thanks so much for sharing! I’m so happy to hear that others are just as big a fan of this recipe as I am. Hoping some of us can keep the tradition going :)

  • Mary Jo says:

    Hi,
    Thanks, so much for the recipe. My Mom, used to make something very similar (no crisco, or parsley & the potatoes & dough were cooked together). Like your Grandma, Mom, prepared the dish & nothing was ever measured or written down!
    Anxious to try. Thanks again, for bringing back wonderful memories.
    Mary Jo

  • Cindy Ross says:

    Thank you for sharing this recipe for “ham pot pie “. My grandmother made this every January to celebrate all of the birthdays for that month. You guessed it mine was one of them. Like you I once spent an afternoon with Grandmom trying to learn her secret for making the treasured “ham pot pie” but as you mentioned it was a pinch of this and a dash of that. I never was able to figure it out and that recipe and a few others passed away with Grandmother in 1998. Thanks to the Internet and your post I may be able to finally make Grandmom Smiley’s famous “ham pot pie”.

    Thank you
    Cindy

  • Derek says:

    Can I add some cornstarch to thicken the broth? I like a more gravy consistency.

    • marisa says:

      Although I do not claim to be a cook, I’d say you could certainly use some cornstarch or flour to thicken up the broth to your liking! :)

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