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

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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