Country Ham Sauce

Serve this versatile sauce over hot cooked pasta or grilled chicken breasts, or offer it as a dip with chips.


Makes about 6 cups

Recipe from

Southern Living

Recipe Time

Prep: 20 Minutes
Cook: 25 Minutes


1 (10-ounce) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed
3 tablespoons butter or margarine
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 cups chicken broth
1 1/2 cups whipping cream
1 cup chopped country ham
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg


Drain spinach well, pressing between paper towels; set aside.

Melt butter in a heavy saucepan over low heat; add flour, stirring until smooth. Cook, stirring constantly, 2 to 3 minutes or until lightly browned.

Whisk in broth and whipping cream gradually; cook over medium heat, whisking constantly, until mixture begins to boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 10 to 15 minutes or until slightly thickened. Stir in spinach, ham, and remaining ingredients; cook until thoroughly heated.

Jill Sauceman, Johnson City, Tennessee (cake layers only),

Southern Living

April 2005
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