Mom’s Secret Ham Ball Recipe

by Jarryd Bedell

Hey guys, this is one of my favorite recipes that my mom makes. The whole family loves it. Even the dogs like it. But the dogs will have to fight me for the last one.

Maybe some of you have seen my sister’s post about my mom’s good cooking. Last time we had ham balls I about lost a finger. We haven’t had ham balls in a while. I’m hoping my mom will read this blog post and make some real soon.  It’s a special recipe, so when she does make it, she makes it by the boatloads. The weather is cooling and mom is getting ready to dust off the cook books and make some kick-butt fall goodies.

Fall is my fav time of year because it’s not too hot and not too cold- it’s just right as long as you’re wearing a sweatshirt of course. I also love fall because it makes for some great family time like carving pumpkins and walking through scary corn mazes. I think that fall time really brings families closer together and that’s why I love it so much. One last thing: I’m looking forward to all the nights sitting by the wood stove drinking our pumpkin spice lattes. I hope you all have fun playing in the leaves and eating these delicious ham balls.

Mom’s Famous Ham Balls

Ingredient List:

3-1/2 pounds ground ham

1 pound of ground pork

3 eggs beaten

2-3 cups of crushed saltine crackers

1 can of crushed pineapple

1 ½ cups brown sugar


How to Make:

In a bowl, combine eggs, milk and cracker crumbs; mix well.

Add ham and pork.

Shape 1/2 cupfuls into individual balls.

Place in a greased 13 x 9 inch pan

Cook at 350° for 1 hour, basting after 30 minutes.

Yield: 12-14 servings.  Enjoy!

Directions:  You need to start out with making the sauce, First you’ll need a small sauce pan.  Put that pan on medium heat because you wouldn’t want to burn your sauce. Next you’ll combine the crushed pineapple (and juice) and brown sugar in the small pan and let it all come together. This part should take you about ten minutes.  Once it simmers a little bit then put that sauce on a back burner and let it cool down. Then you’ll take your ground ham and ground pork and combine them together.  Add your 3 beaten eggs to the meat mixture and continue to combine. Once that is all mixed together you add the saltine cracker crumbs to thicken the mix. Next, you will take your mix and roll it into 2-inch diameter balls and put them into your pan. Bake for 1 hour or so and baste the ham balls with the pineapple/brown sugar sauce that you made earlier.

As you can see this treat is easy to make and a very tasty to eat. Happy ham time!




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