Friday, December 26, 2014

Salad Bowl Puff

Anyone care for a slice of salad? 

Got any of that delicious Christmas ham leftover?  Here's a vintage recipe that will help you make sure none of it goes to waste!   Today, I'm going back to around 1981 and sharing a  salad that's great for lunch or brunch.  It uses Bisquick mix and is so easy to prepare, even days ahead.  It's served on a bowl of bread and sliced like a pie.

I've made this on several occasions for ladies lunches and get-togethers, this version is my very favorite, even my husband enjoyed it.   

If ham isn't your thing, you can use your imagination and fill it with your favorite salad; tuna, chicken or even Taco!  Use about 4 cups of your favorite one, or make it even easier and pick up a salad from the're going to love serving and eating this one!



2/3 c. water
1/4 c. butter
1 c. Bisquick Baking mix
4 eggs
Ham Salad Filling (below) or your favorite luncheon salad

Heat oven to 400'F. 

Generously grease a 9" pie plate with non-stick cooking spray, such as Pam. 

Heat water and butter to boiling in 2-quart saucepan.  Add Bisquick all at once.  Stir vigorously over low heat until mixture forms a ball, about 1 1/2 minutes; remove from heat. 

Beat in eggs, one at a time;  continue beating until smooth. 

Spread in pie plate (do not spread up sides).  

Bake until puffed and dry in center, 35-40 minutes; cool. 

Just before serving, fill with Ham Salad Filling or your favorite chicken, turkey or tuna salad.  Cut into wedges, 6-8 servings.

Ham Salad Filling:

1 (9 oz.) pkg. frozen green peas
2 cups cubed fully cooked smoked ham
1 cup. shredded Cheddar cheese (about 4 ounces)
2 Tbsp. chopped onion
3/4 c. mayonnaise
1 1/2 tsp. prepared mustard

Rinse frozen peas under running cold water to separate; drain.  Mix all ingredients.  Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours.

Small Salad Bowl Puff:  Cut all ingredients in half.

Do-ahead Salad Bowl Puff:  After baking Salad Bowl Puff, cool completely.  Wrap and freeze no longer than 1 week.  To serve, place on serving plate; let stand uncovered at room temperature until thawed, large salad bowl about 60 minutes, small  salad bowl about 30 minutes.

"There is nothing wrong with men possessing riches.  The wrong comes when riches possess men."   -Billy Graham

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