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Ham Baskets

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  Margarine 4 Ounce (Luxury Type)
  Mashed potatoes 2 Pound
  Egg 1 (Approximately)
  Milk 1 Tablespoon (To Mix)
  Milk 1 Tablespoon (To Glaze)
For filling
  Finely chopped onion 1 Tablespoon
  Margarine 2 Ounce (Luxury Type)
  Plain flour 1 1⁄2 Ounce
  Milk 1⁄2 Pint
  Cheddar cheese 3 Ounce, finely grated
  Salt To Taste
  Prepared mustard 1 Teaspoon
  Lean ham 8 Ounce, cut into 1/4 inch cubes
  Watercress/Parsley 2
  Pepper To Taste

Add margarine to mashed potatoes and mix thoroughly.
Add beaten egg and milk and whisk lightly with a fork.
Season to taste, then pile in eight heaps on a well-greased baking sheet and hollow out centres to form oval nest shapes.
Alternatively, pipe mixture, using a forcing bag and large star tube, into oval nests.
Brush with milk and bake in a hot oven (450°F - Gas Mark 7) for 15 minutes.
Fry onions in margarine till tender and golden, about 5 minutes.
Stir in flour and cook for 1 minute, remove from heat, and very gradually add the milk.
Bring slowly to the boil, stirring all the time with a wooden spoon, then cook for 3 minutes.
Add cheese and seasoning to taste, re-heat, then finally stir in ham and put into the hot potato cases.
Garnish with watercress or parsley and serve with salad or hot vegetables.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Preparation Time: 
20 Minutes
Cook Time: 
20 Minutes
Ready In: 
40 Minutes

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