Recipe: Holiday Party Meatballs (Ham)

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by on December 8, 2011

imageThis next recipe is from reader, Heather J., who sent me a recipe for Ham Balls. These sound like a great party food!  They would be a nice appetizer as people are mingling – or you can keep them as a side dish.  Meatballs, or “Ham Balls” are an easy item for people to eat while they are chatting with other guests or in-between your party games.

And in case you missed it, don’t forget to check out the Hungarian Nut Rolls recipe for your holiday events, too.

I would love to feature YOUR favorite holiday recipe, too! If you have a recipe that you want to share, please email me at melissa (at) with your recipe and a photo

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Ham Balls (16 balls)



1 1/2 lbs. ham ground
1 1/2 lbs. ground pork(Best thing to do is go to your local meat market and ask them to grind the ham and pork for you)
1 cup. cracker crumbs.. I use ritz crackers and mash them in a bag.
1 cup. Milk
1/4 t. pepper
2 eggs
1 t. worcestershire sauce

1 1/2 cup. brown sugar
1 T. dried mustard
1/2 cup. vinegar
1/2 cup. water


1. Mix everything together with the meat and form into round balls (as big or little as you want). Set aside.

2. Make Sauce –
Bring the sauce mixture to a boil and pour over balls. Put in over and bake for 2 hours at 350 degrees.

3. After 40 minutes of baking, flip the ham balls and than continue checking them every 15 minutes (depending on how hot your oven gets, your ham balls may get done faster).  You may need to flip again so they don’t burn, depending on how hot your oven gets.

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