Canned Ham Bites

Total Time:
34 min
Prep:
30 min
Cook:
4 min

Yield:
varies depending on size
Level:
Intermediate

Ingredients
  • Bites Batter:
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 5 large eggs
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground black pepper
  • Bites-breading:
  • 20 saltine crackers
  • 4 cups kettle cooked potato chips
  • Bites- filling:
  • 1 can chopped pork and ham product (recommended: Spam)
  • Handful sliced pickles
  • 2 pounds cream cheese
  • All-purpose flour for hands
  • Vegetable oil, for frying
  • This recipe was provided by professional chefs and has been scaled down from a bulk recipe provided by a restaurant. The Food Network Kitchens chefs have not tested this recipe, in the proportions indicated, and therefore, we cannot make any representation as to the results.
Directions
Watch how to make this recipe.
  • Batter: Combine all of the ingredients in a medium mixing bowl.

  • Breading: Pulse the crackers and potato chips in a food processor until finely ground. Transfer the mixture to a shallow bowl.

  • Filling: Cut the canned meat into chunks and put it into a food processor with the pickle slices. Pulse until the mixture becomes chunky. Do not overmix.

  • Roll pieces of the cream cheese into 1 1/2-ounce balls with floured hands to avoid sticking. Fatten each ball with the palm of your hand. Portion out the meat mixture to match the amount of cheese balls. Put a portion of the meat into the middle of a cheese ball and fold the cheese over the meat to enclose. Once you have a ball formed, dip it in the batter and then roll it in the cracker mixture. Repeat with the remaining cheese balls and meat.

  • Heat about 1-inch of vegetable oil in a frying pan over medium heat. Gently fry the bites, in batches, until golden brown. Remove them from the oil to a serving platter and enjoy!


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