Saute' the country ham over medium heat until lightly colored. Set aside to cool.
In a bowl, combine the ham with the cream cheese, clams, pimento, mayonnaise, Parmesan, hot pepper sauce, onion soup mix, and black pepper. Mix well. For a real treat, spread it on lightly toasted French bread slices and broil until bubbly.
Add the cheddar cheese and, using a fork, mash together the ingredients (you want a texture that is well mixed but still a bit chunky.)
This spread is great on crackers, apple slices, celery stalks, and sandwiches.
Recipe creator Doug DuCap uses some of the powder from a standard onion soup mix packet. He suggests that you can substitute regular onion powder in this recipe, but the onion soup mix powder adds more interesting flavor notes.
Recipe and photo credit by Doug DuCap as published on aboutfood.com.