Ham Balls with Brown Sugar Sauce Recipe
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Ham Balls with Brown Sugar Sauce Recipe

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This tasty main dish, pairing ham and pork, is a wonderful way to use up leftover Easter ham. Covered with a savory brown sugar sauce, these ham balls are hard to resist. —Ellen Benninger, Stoneboro, Pennsylvania
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 1 hour
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 1 hour
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 2/3 cup crushed bite-sized Shredded Wheat
  • 1 pound ground fully cooked ham
  • 1 pound ground pork
  • SAUCE:
  • 1-1/2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 1/3 cup white vinegar
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground mustard

Nutritional Facts

3 each: 461 calories, 21g fat (8g saturated fat), 126mg cholesterol, 801mg sodium, 44g carbohydrate (41g sugars, trace fiber), 24g protein


  1. In a large bowl, combine the eggs, milk and cereal; crumble ham and pork over mixture and mix well. Shape into 1-1/2-in. to 2-in. balls; place in a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish.
  2. In a large saucepan, combine sauce ingredients; bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 4 minutes. Pour over ham balls. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 60-70 minutes or until a thermometer reads 160°. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Ham Balls in Taste of Home February/March 1997, p31

Medium-Bodied White Wine

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

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Reviewed Jan. 21, 2014

"This is my most requested recipe from my friends and family."

Reviewed Nov. 27, 2013

"This was a bit too sweet for my taste. I made them last night, and didn't really care for them. But, this morning I ate one cold and thought they actually would be a nice addition to an appetizer table, served with mustard for dipping. Maybe next time I'll even add a couple of drops of liquid smoke to the sauce."

Reviewed Jul. 27, 2012

"My family loves this recipe. It's very good company food. Everyone wants the recipe."

Reviewed Mar. 16, 2012

"My family loves this recipe. They look forward to it after Christmas and Easter when we have leftover ham. Add scalloped potatoes, a vegetable and salad and you have a delicious meal everyone will enjoy."

Reviewed Mar. 18, 2011

"My son was recently diagnosed with food allergies so I am always looking for creative recipes to keep him satisfied. I substituted a flax seed egg substitute for the eggs, sweetened almond milk for the milk and Rice Chex cereal for the Shredded Wheat cereal. My whole family LOVED this recipe. I had to set out 5 ham balls so that I would have some to pack in his school lunch box the next day. This is definetly a keeper!! Thanks so much Ellen."

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