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There are a few recipes that I always associate with the person who made them for me in the past. This Ham Balls with Sweet and Sour Sauce recipe was a specialty of my Grandma. She grew up in the farm country of Western Maryland which was heavily influenced by many of the traditions of the Pennsylvania Dutch. This recipe was a favorite to be enjoyed at our many family gatherings and I’m happy to share it with you. I am sure you will love it as much as we do.
As with all of my recipes, the nutritional information for this dish is listed just below the recipe. A serving of 5 Ham Balls with Sweet and Sour Sauce comes in at 359 calories and 14.7 grams of fat. If you are on a low-sodium diet, let me say “I’m sorry.” This is pretty high in sodium.
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Ham Balls with Sweet and Sour Sauce- Steps
(Recipe below steps)
One of the first challenges when making this recipe is finding ground ham. You have a couple of options. First, if you live near a grocery store that sells ground ham, then it will be easy. For me, it’s difficult to find ground ham. So the second option is to ask your grocery store to grind some ham for you. Or a final option (which I show below), is to use a food grinder or a food processor to chop the ham to mimic a ground ham. The food processor works just fine although the overall texture is a little softer than if you bought ground ham. And, since I had the food processor out, I went ahead and finely chopped up some Ritz crackers (about 10 of them).
Combine the first five ingredients in a large mixing bowl. To shape them into meatballs, I used a large cookie scoop.
Place them in a 9 x 13 casserole (spray with cooking spray) and insert into a 350 degree oven to allow them to cook halfway through.
While the ham balls are in the oven, take the remaining four ingredients and combine in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil and then simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from the heat until the ham balls have cooked for 30 minutes. Once the ham balls have cooked for 30 minutes, remove them from the oven. Note, there may be a lot of fat in the bottom of the dish at this stage.
Pour the sauce over the ham balls and put it back in the oven for another 30 minutes. We usually serve the ham balls as is (serve up extra sauce on top) and with a vegetable on the side, but I also know people who prefer them served on white rice.
I hope you enjoy this recipe. If you make it, please let me know by leaving me a comment and a rating!
Thanks, Andrea- The Food Tracking Momma
Ham Balls with Sweet and Sour Sauce
Ham Balls with Sweet and Sour Sauce
- 2 pounds smoked ham (ground)
- 3/4 cup cracker crumbs
- 2 eggs (beaten)
- 1/2 cup 2% milk
- 1/8 tsp pepper
- 1 can condensed tomato soup (10 3/4 oz)
- 3/4 cup brown sugar (packed)
- 1 1/2 tsp dijon mustard
- 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine the first five ingredients. Shape into balls and place in a 9 x 13 casserole that has been sprayed with cooking spray. Bake for 30 minutes.
- While the ham balls are cooking, prepare the sauce by combining the remaining four ingredients in a medium saucepan. Heat to boiling and then simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from heat.
- After the first 30 minutes, remove the ham balls from the oven and pour the sauce over the balls. Cook for 30 minutes longer.