Holiday16: Ham-into Cheese Bites

  • Chef: Lauren Wyler
  • Ready in: 20 minutes
  • Serves: 5 or more
  • Complexity: very easy
Holiday16: Ham-into Cheese Bites


  • 1 (8 ounce) ham steak, cut in large cubes
  • 1/3 cup chopped red onion
  • 1/3 cup chopped roasted red bell pepper
  • 8 ounces shredded Rumiano Extra Sharp Cheddar Cheese
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 cups panko bread crumbs


Heat oven to 400 degrees. Pulse ham, onion and roasted peppers in a food processor until finely minced and place in a large bowl. Add the cheese, mayo, cream cheese, garlic powder and black pepper and stir until combined. Chill in fridge for 15 minutes. Place the panko on a cookie sheet and lightly spray with cooking spray. Toast in the oven 2-5 minutes. Watch closely to prevent crumbs from burning. Once panko is golden and toasted, place in a small bowl. Scoop and roll the cheese mixture into balls (about 1 Tablespoon) and roll into breadcrumbs, pressing lightly to help them stick. Serve immediately.

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