Part of how we bond with family is by cooking with them! Making food and sharing food with the people we care about is how we forge community. Mother-In-Law’s Ham Salad is an excellent example of this: a recipe shared between families newly joined together and made stronger because of it! It’s a meaty, succulent spread of ham in a creamy, tangy sauce with notes of mustard and onion, perfect for piling on rolls or just eating it by the spoonful. It’s simple, it’s tasty, it’s quick to whip up, and it brings people together. That’s the power of Mother-In-Law’s Ham Salad.

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  • 4 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 2 scallions, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon Creole mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 8 ounces smoked fully-cooked ham, finely chopped


Step 1 –In a large bowl, stir together the cream cheese, the scallions, the parsley, the mustard, the cayenne pepper, and the black pepper.

Step 2 –Fold the ham into the cream cheese mixture.

Step 3 –Serve.