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Old Fashioned Ham Balls

Marie Freeman


Savory ham meatballs are coated in a thick, sticky, sweet and sour glaze and then baked in the oven until piping hot and irresistible. You know those foods that stick in your memory? These ham balls are one of those recipes.Taken from Barefeet in the Kitchen.

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20 Min
1 Hr 20 Min


2 pounds leftover ham
2 pounds ground pork
4 eggs
1 1/4 cups milk
1 1/2 cups panko breadcrumbs


3 1/2 cups brown sugar
1 1/2 cups water
1 cup apple cider vinegar
2 teaspoons ground mustard powder


1Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease (2) 9x13 baking dishes with oil and set aside. Use the coarse setting on your meat grinder to grind the leftover ham. If you don't have a meat grinder, you can use a food processor to pulse until it is chopped like hamburger meat.
2Combine all the meatball ingredients in a large bowl and mix with your hands until combined. Roll into 1 1/2" - 2" meatballs. I use a medium size cookie scoop to scoop them all the same size before smoothing them with my hands. Arrange the meatballs in the baking pans and set aside.
3Whisk together all the glaze ingredients in a medium size saucepan over medium high heat. Bring to a boil, whisking until the sugar has dissolved. Reduce the heat to medium and simmer for 4-5 minutes, until the sauce has thickened.
4Pour the glaze over the ham balls, dividing it between the two pans. Bake the ham balls, uncovered, for 75-85 minutes, until the ham balls have browned and the sauce has reduced to a syrupy consistency. Enjoy!

About Old Fashioned Ham Balls

Main Ingredient: Pork
Regional Style: American
Other Tag: Heirloom