Stuffed ham

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Stuffed ham is a variety of ham in which cabbage, kale, onions, spices and seasonings are chopped and mixed, then stuffed into deep slits slashed in a whole corned or[1] smoked ham. Stuffed ham is believed to have originated in Southern Maryland, specifically in St. Mary's County, and remains popular in that region to this day.[2] Typically the ham has a distinctively spicy flavor due to added seasoning. Recipes vary widely, since they are traditionally passed down from one family member to another.

Salmonella vector[edit]

In 1997, improperly prepared stuffed ham served at the Our Lady of the Wayside Catholic Church fund-raising dinner in Chaptico, Maryland was responsible for one of the largest multi-drug resistant Salmonella Heidelburg outbreaks in Maryland which sickened 750 people and caused 2 deaths.[3][4][5] The CDC documented the incident in the journal Emerging Infectious Diseases.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Alumnae (1959). Treasured Recipes of Old St. Mary's County. St. Mary's Academy.
  2. ^ Stern, Jane (Jun 4, 2009). 500 Things to Eat Before It's Too Late: and the Very Best Places to Eat Them. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. p. 107. ISBN 9780547416441.
  3. ^ Jensen, Peter; Thompson, Neal (7 November 1997), "Illnesses blamed on church dinner exceed 600 cases Fatal heart attack of Baltimore woman could be linked to it", Baltimore Sun, retrieved 12 Nov 2017
  4. ^ Buote, Brenda (26 November 1997), "Culprit at church dinner was ham Markets in St. Mary's won't be penalized, health officials say", Baltimore Sun, retrieved 12 Nov 2017
  5. ^ Shields, Todd; Goldstein, Avram (7 November 1997), "Stuffed Ham Suspected in Illness", Washington Post, retrieved 12 Nov 2017
  6. ^ Varma, JK; Greene, KD (2005), "Hospitalization and Antimicrobial Resistance in Salmonella Outbreaks, 1984–2002", Emerging Infectious Diseases, 11 (6): 943–946, doi:10.3201/eid1106.041231, PMC 3367611, PMID 15963293

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