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Recipe courtesy of Jeremy Woerner and Pat McDonough

Canned Ham Bites

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  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 34 min
  • Prep: 30 min
  • Cook: 4 min
  • Yield: varies depending on size
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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


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


  1. Batter: Combine all of the ingredients in a medium mixing bowl.
  2. Breading: Pulse the crackers and potato chips in a food processor until finely ground. Transfer the mixture to a shallow bowl.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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!