Apricot Ham Balls Recipe

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My family requests these ham balls for our annual Christmas Eve open house.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 45 min.
MAKES:8 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 45 min.
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 3 eggs
  • 1-3/4 cups apricot nectar, divided
  • 1 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1-1/2 pounds ground fully cooked ham
  • 1 pound bulk pork sausage
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (3 each) equals 551 calories, 29 g fat (10 g saturated fat), 148 mg cholesterol, 1481 mg sodium, 48 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 24 g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, whisk eggs and 3/4 cup apricot nectar. Stir in bread crumbs and onion. Crumble ham and sausage over mixture and mix well. Shape into 2-in. balls. Place in an ungreased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish.
  2. In a bowl, combine the brown sugar, vinegar, flour, mustard, allspice, Worcestershire sauce and remaining apricot nectar. Pour over ham balls. Bake, uncovered, at 325° for 45-50 minutes or until meat is no longer pink. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Apricot Ham Balls in Taste of Home's Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2006, p42

Medium-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied white wine such as Riesling or Gewürtztraminer

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