Ham & Red Pepper Spread

Ham & Red Pepper Spread

4 Reviews
From: EatingWell Magazine, November/December 2010

Spread this creamy ham and roasted red pepper dip on Belgian endive, crackers or toasted baguette or use it as a dip for vegetables.

Ingredients 16 servings

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  • 1½ cups diced ham (about 8 ounces)
  • 1 cup diced roasted red peppers
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika (see Note)
  • 1 tablespoon sherry vinegar
  • 8 ounces reduced-fat cream cheese (Neufchâtel), softened
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh parsley


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  1. Pulse ham, peppers, paprika and vinegar in a food processor until the ham is finely chopped. Transfer the mixture to a medium bowl. Add cream cheese and parsley. Stir until smooth.
  • Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days.
  • Note: Look for smoked paprika in large supermarkets with other spices and at tienda.com.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: 2 tablespoons
  • Per serving: 72 calories; 3 g fat(2 g sat); 0 g fiber; 3 g carbohydrates; 6 g protein; 5 mcg folate; 18 mg cholesterol; 1 g sugars; 0 g added sugars; 408 IU vitamin A; 2 mg vitamin C; 28 mg calcium; 0 mg iron; 518 mg sodium; 114 mg potassium
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 0
  • Exchanges: ½ medium-fat meat

Reviews 4

January 05, 2014
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By: EatingWell User
If you love BLAND, you'll love this flavorless concoction I added a small diced onion, couple cloves of garlic, worcesterchire, double the spices... nothing improves this or even adds much flavor. What's wrong with this recipe? I don't know but I won't be spending any more time thinking about it. Sorry for the negative review, but honestly I won't be making it again. What a waste of good ham. Pros: It is very spreadable Cons: Can't tase the ham, the red pepper, the cheese... it all blend together in a flavorless mass.
December 22, 2013
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By: EatingWell User
Requested every Thanksgiving! I first made this a couple of years ago for our pre-Thanksgiving meal snack tray, and everyone raved about it! Since then it has been a regular holiday staple at our house. Takes only minutes to make, but the sherry vinegar and smoked paprika give it a nice, complex flavor. Never any leftovers with this one! Pros: Easy and quick to make
November 14, 2013
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By: EatingWell User
Not what I thought it would be... I really was disappointed in this one. As promised, it was quick and easy - but the end result was not as great as its parts (all of which I love!). The cream cheese seemed to mute all the flavor of everything else, and the spread was terribly bland - not bad per se, just flavorless. Can't see making this recipe again, but if I did, I think I'd add Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, or perhaps garlic to it to improve the lackluster taste. Pros: Quick, No-Cook Cons: Bland
July 22, 2011
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By: alesia
Great dip! I tasted this spread in the Test Kitchen and instantly knew I'd have to bring it to an upcoming family gathering. After the party I found my serving bowl nearly scraped clean! It was a huge hit! Pros: simple, delicious, something different!
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