THE Turkey Salad recipe from defunct Heavenly Ham

12:14 PM adrianphantom 15 Comments

Back in 1997, I worked for Heavenly Ham, the chief competition for Honey Baked Ham at the time. When I left the company, I had the recipes for their Tuna Salad, Pasta Salad, Ham Salad, Chicken Salad and Turkey Salad burned in my memory. The turkey salad was ALWAYS my favorite throughout the time I worked for the Heavenly Ham. Now that they are no longer in business and have been bought out by Honey Baked Ham, many of their products are no longer produced. It's a shame because the turkey salad is unbelievably good, though many people don't care for it's appearance or jump to the conclusion that it's ingredients sound disgusting. Don't let the mayo content scare you from making it, once in the mix it's calorie count would be no different than spreading a little on bread...and given the fact that Turkey is a low calorie and low fat food, it balances out.

16 oz package of Smoked Turkey Breast (lunch meat slices)
1 9oz jar Major Grey Chutney (In the Ketchup aisle and tough to spot check out attached pics)
1 1/2 Cups of Mayo (NOT Miracle Whip or Mayo Dressing)
2 to 3 Scallion Stalks
1/2 tbs Black Pepper

Empty jar of Chutney and Scallions into food processor or Cuisinart and puree. Use spatula to pour mixture into mixing bowl. Don't worry about rinsing the processor between steps, it all gets mixed together anyway. Chop Turkey in food processor (almost like a ground texture) pour into mixing bowl. Add Mayo and Black Pepper mix and refrigerate until you are ready to serve.

This is especially tasty on sandwiches made on Croissant with lettuce, Havarti Cheese slices and tomato. Also makes a great alternative protein in salads or served with Crackers.

Back in 1997, I worked for Heavenly Ham, the chief competition for Honey Baked Ham at the time. When I left the company, I had the recipes f...

15 comments:

  1. Any chance you could post any of the other recipes? I too worked for a location in Gainesville, Fl at the same time

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    1. Hi Jeffrey, I will post the ham salad as well as the tuna salad recipes soon.

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    2. I've been trying to figure out what's in the tuna salad! I absolutely loved it and crave it all the time!! Did you ever post to other recipes? I didn't see them anywhere.

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  2. Do you have the ham salad recipe?

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    1. Hey hey, I do have it and I will post it soon. It's a bit of a weird one to recreate because the "special sauce" is no longer produced...not to fret, I know the products closest to it.

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  3. would please share the recipe for the heavenly ham high roller. What's on the bread and what kind of bread did they use. Was soooo good
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    1. I worked at the corporate training store that was located in the Heart of Buckhead in Atlanta. We used a few different types of breads. The "french" bread and multi grain sub bread came frozen from Vie de France. The stickers on each said French Restaurant Loaf and Rustic Multigrain Loaf. The croissants came in a frozen sheet from Vie de France also. All of those were baked in a convection oven. We also had standard rye as well as 7 grain sliced bread, those were Arnold's Bakery. As for the High Roller, I honestly haven't heard of it. From my understanding, many of the franchise stores carried other items and offered other specialty items and it may have been one of them.

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  4. Is the chicken salad recipe the same, except chicken instead of turkey? Thanks!!

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    1. Hi Deedra, the turkey and chicken salad recipes were vastly different. There were only 3 ingredients that each salad had in common. Mayo, pepper and green onions, all the rest were different. I rarely made the chicken salad so I can only give you a sketchy description of items I remember. The chicken was smoked chicken breast diced, mayo (our store sometimes used miracle whip instead), white and black pepper, green onions, walnuts and red grapes sliced. I wanna say there was a dash of liquid smoke in it too but I cannot remember. Pretty much, just toy around with the ingredients and you might just recreate it.

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  5. Have you posted the tuna salad recipe?

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  6. Can you share the recipe for the ham itself? I currently still order a ham from one of the 6-8 remaining HH stores for X-mas every other year! Much better than the crap that bought them out. So sad. I understand that some of the ingredients may have been proprietary, but I'm willing to try to re-create the ingredients...

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  7. Hi Jill. The Heavenly Ham's hams actually came presmoked, spiral cut and the butt and shank were already separated. The process of glazing the hams sounds very strange but it was what created the unique hard candy like coating on the ham. Believe it or not, we used an industrial blowtorch to melt sugar onto the ham and then we had a spice blend that came in a premixed bag. We were never given the exact ingredients as they were a company secret but I do remember the spice packet included ground cinnamon, ground nutmeg, ground cloves, paprika, ground ginger, allspice. There was no salt added, I remember people always asked that question, Heavenly Ham never added additional salt to their ham as ham is naturally salty. I hope this answers your question. I've also included a link to some guy's at Honey Baked Ham glazing a ham, this is pretty much the same process we used. Hope this helps and have a wonderful holiday season. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5_Udd5TBdDE

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  8. Do you have the recipe for the Honey Mustard? If so, can you please post it? It was one of the best Honey Mustards around and I haven't found anything else quite like it.

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  9. I used to work for them as well, the potato salad was to die for.....it was made with sweet potatoes, red, and russet I believe. I know they purchased that (it wasn't made in house)....any chance you recall the ingredients?

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  10. Hi- what brand of mayonnaise did they use?

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