|Jeni from Jeni Eats and myself |
enjoying our Iowa Ham Balls earlier this week
Iowa Ham Balls
2.5# Ham Loaf
1 1/2 cups Graham Cracker Crumbs
1 cup Milk
1 can Tomato Soup
3/4 cup Brown Sugar
1/4 cup Vinegar
1 tsp Ground Mustard
With a food processor, grind your ham loaf into small chopped pieces (or buy ham loaf mix from local grocery store or butcher - this mix usually contains ham and ground pork, and sometimes ground beef too). Add the eggs, graham cracker crumbs and milk. Mix together with your hands and form fist-sized ham balls. (If the mixture seems a little dry, you can add 1/4 cup of milk at a time, up to 1 1/2 cups of milk total.) Place ham balls in a 9"x13" pan. They fit nicely three across and five down.
Then mix the soup, brown sugar, vinegar and mustard til smooth. Drizzle the glaze over the ham balls for the classic ham ball sauce. (Or, if you're in a rush like I was this past summer - drizzle your favorite bbq sauce over them!)
Bake at 350F for 1 hour.
Yield: 13-15 ham balls
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These ham balls freeze well and can be warmed up in a crock pot if desired. Ham balls are the perfect Iowa potluck treat! Our family loves pairing Ham Balls with Cheesy Hashbrown Casserole!
Have you ever heard of ham balls? How do you make yours? When you think of classic foods for your homestate what comes to mind? Remember to Comment for a Cause!