Haunted Halloween Ham Bread {It's Not Too Late!}

October 28, 2013


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Need a great appetizer to bring over to your neighbor's on Halloween night?  It's not too late to pull together this fabulously tasty ham bread recipe.  It's loved by both parents and kids alike, and it's sure to wow them in appearance and taste!
 
My husband made it this past weekend for a Halloween party and, as always, it got plenty of oohs and aaahs!  He mastered the recipe while working in a bakery on the Jersey shore as a kid.  Not surprisingly, he said it always "sold out."  {Spookiness, however, is original.}   

 
 
INGREDIENTS
1 to 1.5 lb. dough ball  (from freezer, bread machine or pizza shop)
1/2-3/4 lb. thinly sliced polish ham
1/2 lb. thinly sliced american cheese
1/4 - 1/2 lb. each thinly sliced Genoa and hard salami
1/4 lb. cheddar slices (or shredded cheddar)
Olive Oil
Italian seasoning
[Optional - pepperoni slices, Sirachi sauce, jalapeno peppers for spooky factor]

Allow dough to rise as if making bread. On floured surface, roll out to approximately 18" by 12".
 
Place meats and cheese in the middle, leaving enough dough free of toppings so you can fold in the ends and sides to seal shut.
 
Cover the middle well - think putting pepperoni all over a pizza, but not the crust.
 
All ingredients should be thinly sliced, so sharp edges don't pierce the dough.
 
Fold sides in, pinch together, using wet fingertips if needed to seal the seam shut. Fold ends up and over. Pinch seams tight.
 
Coat lightly with olive oil, flip over so seams are down on your jelly roll pan, coat the top with olive oil.
 
Sprinkle Italian seasonings or oregano lightly on top, add jalapenos (eyes, mouth) or Sirachi sauce (stitches, lips) to decorate. Lightly cut surface in a few places to allow air to escape when baking.  Let finished product rest for 30 minutes (if you have the time) - or not - then place in 425 degree oven until gold brown, crispy and bubbling.

 
Let cool 5-10 minutes, cut crossways into slices and enjoy. NOTE: This thing feeds a ton of people, it's huge!

And here's the one he made for us to keep at home, not long after it came out of the oven.

 
 
 Those vultures! 

Beware, it doesn't last long!   Mwaaahhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!

We're looking forward to Halloween night, how about you?
 
 



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Betsy@ coastal-colors said...

Wow, looks like you have had an invasion of vultures at your house! What a cute idea!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Sounds like something I would like. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

I can certainly see why this doesn't last long. The recipe sounds delicious! Love those crows pecking away at the bread:-)

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

This must have been good, it is gone already. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

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