Ham Balls

Southern Living
Makes about 50 appetizers


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1 pound diced ham
1 pound ground pork
2 cups fine dry breadcrumbs
1 cup milk
2 large eggs, beaten
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
6 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup white vinegar
1 teaspoon dry mustard


Process ham in a food processor until coarsely ground; add pork and next 5 ingredients, and pulse to combine. Cover and chill 1 hour. Shape into 1-inch balls.

Cook balls, in batches, in 2 tablespoons hot oil in a large skillet over medium heat 3 minutes on each side or until lightly browned, adding oil as needed. Place in lightly greased 13- x 9-inch baking dish.

Combine brown sugar, 1/2 cup water, and next 2 ingredients in a large saucepan over medium heat; cook about 5 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Pour sauce over balls.

Bake, covered, at 350° for 20 minutes. Uncover and bake 30 more minutes.

Created date

November 2003