Mar 1, 2013

Chipped Chopped Ham

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A lot of people look at me weird and ask me why I always call it "chipped chopped ham." I grew up around Pittsburgh, PA and we always got Isaly's at the meat counter in the grocery store. Why is it called "chipped chopped ham?" If you look at the label, you will notice that it is called Chopped Ham. You ask the person behind the counter to get it it chipped, not sliced. You combine all of the words to get what you want, "I would like a pound of chipped chopped ham."

The next question is probably "what is CHIPPED?" That just means that it is cut so very thin that you can almost read a newspaper through it. If you've ever used a deli slicer, it is setting 2. Sliced, is a setting of about 4 or 5. I know, because I used to do that, and cut off the tip of my thumb when cleaning it one time. Chipping ANY meat on a deli slicer makes the FLAVOR come through more in the dish you prepare. Heck, I go to a butcher shop to get my roast beef, bacon, and even chicken breast lunch-meat chipped. I get it that way because I don't have to do it on my own, and they don't charge me to do it. I love true butchers.

Next question is: what recipe do you use when getting ready to watch a Steelers game on a Sunday? Here is what I use, in the crockpot/slow cooker.

  • 1 cup BBQ or chili sauce
  • 1 cup Coke (no other brands because they are too sweet)
  • 1 - 2 pounds of CHIPPED CHOPPED HAM
  1. Mix sauce and Coke in a bowl.
  2. Place half of the ham in the crockpot/slow cooker.
  3. Cover with half of the sauce.
  4. Put in remaining ham, cover with the rest of the sauce.
  5. Cook on a low setting for 5 hours, stirring often.
  6. Serve on a bun.
Add other ingredients (sweet relish, Tabasco, salt, pepper, etc.) if you want a slightly different flavor, it is all up to you. Remember, a recipe is only a guideline. BUT, quit asking me why I call it that unless you find out why...otherwise, yinz wouldn't get a Burgh thing...

1 comment:

  1. Setting 2 is normal thickness, not chipped.