Monday, April 12, 2010

Ham and Cheddar Scones

My family can never seem to decide what to make for family gatherings, especially around the holidays. My grandpa loves ham but hates seafood, my grandma loves seafood but hates ham, 1 uncle is lactose intolerant, 1 uncle is on a diet, yada yada yada. Being the gracious hosts, my parents try to work around everyone's dietary preferences. This means that for Easter, we had: ham, leg of lamb, potato salad, mashed potatoes, coleslaw, horseradish sauce, prepared horseradish, etc...

This also leads to an abundance of leftovers. The leg of lamb got turned into what I called Greek Tacos, but what to do with the ham? I had already eaten it with eggs, as a sandwich, and I knew the bone was destined for soup.

 (Anemic scones- what happens when you forget to brush the top with milk)

Long story short, I made scones (at least that is what I am calling them). At the risk of sounding like a broken record, these are easy to make and a perfect choice for people who are nervous about their baking skills. They don't have to be rolled out and with some scrambled eggs would be a fantastic addition to a brunch buffet (although if you still had some hard boiled eggs leftover from Easter those work well too). They freeze well, and don't have to be rolled out. Anyways, sorry for yet another ham recipe (we're out now yay!) but after you try them I am sure you'll forgive me.

Ham and Cheddar Scones

These need to be served warm. When I ate them the next day, they got split in half, toasted and smeared with butter and dijon mustard.

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 2 tsp dry mustard
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 6 green onions, chopped
  • 8 oz extra-sharp Cheddar, grated
  • 6 oz ham, cubed
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • milk for brushing the top (optional. I forgot so mine are a little anemic) 


  1. I do it when scones have lots of "bits" in them which make the lovely and moist and I can see that yours definitely do! :D Our family gatherings are a bit like that too-full of bits that everyone likes hehe

  2. Oh my! These are scrumptious looking. :-) Scones are such amazingly diverse things, aren't they? I love all the flavor you've packed into these babies. :-)

  3. O wow! These look utterly fantastic - and easy enough where I might have the energy to make them in the morning (as oppose to dinner for breakfast).

  4. These look perfect for breakfast! I wish I had one right now.