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Krakus Ham®, Spinach and Artichoke Dip 

By Luke Manderson, age 9


½-1 lb Krakus® Ham

½ Tbsp. butter or EVOO

8 oz cream cheese – softened & cubed

½ cup Mayo

1 cup grated Parmesan Cheese

1 box frozen spinach (about 10oz) – thawed and squeezed to drain

1 Can Artichoke Hearts (about 14oz) – Drained & coarsely chopped

½ cup Red Bell Pepper – Chopped

½ cup Monterey Jack or Mozzarella cheese (or any shredded cheese)

½ cup Monterey Jack or Mozzarella cheese (or any shredded cheese)

Black or Red Pepper to taste (salt if desired, but parmesan & ham add saltiness)

Warmed or toasted french bread &/or assorted crackers


1. Preheat oven to 3500

2. Lightly grease baking dish.

3. Cube Krakus ham into 1cm cubes.

4. Fry with ½ Tbsp. butter or EVOO until browned and set aside.

5. Mix cubed cream cheese, mayo & Parmesan cheese. 

6. Combine spinach, artichokes, and red pepper.  Mix well.

7. Stir in cubed ham and ½ cup of shredded cheese (reserve remaining ½ cup to sprinkle on top)

8. Season to taste

9. Spoon into baking dish

10. Sprinkle with remaining ½ cup shredded cheese.

11. Cover & bake for about 20 minutes (until cheese is melted)

12. Remove cover & bake an additional 5-10 minutes until golden on top.

13. Serve with french bread and/or crackers

Krakus Ham® Lasagna (a la Olivia) 

By Olvia Kostrubiec, age 10


3 medium sized potatoes

3 cups Water

1 teaspoon of salt

1 10.5 oz. Can cream of mushroom soup

1 4 oz. Can mushrooms

4 slices of Krakus® ham

4 slices of yellow cheese (swiss, muenster, brick etc.)

Salt and pepper to taste


1. Wash and peel potatoes, cut into chunks.

2. Boil potatoes in pot with water and a teaspoon of salt. (about 15 minutes).

3. Drain and mash potatoes when fork tender.

4. In a small casserole pan, place a layer of potatoes on bottom.

5. Spread ½ of can of cream of mushroom soup on top of potatoes.

6. Spread ½ of can of drained mushrooms on top of the soup.

7. Take 2 slices of Krakus ham and place on top of mushrooms.

8. Take 2 slices of cheese and place on Krakus ham.

9. Repeat layers until gone.

10. Bake at 350ºF for 15 minutes.

11. Garnish as desired.