Iowa Ham Balls Main Dish Recipe

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This unusual meatball will be sure to treat your friend and family to a great meal.—Grace Howaniec, Waukesha, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 1 hour
MAKES:8 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 1 hour
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 2 pound ground ham
  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 2 eggs
  • 1-1/2 cups milk
  • SAUCE:
  • 2 cans (10-3/4 ounces each) tomato soup, undiluted
  • 3/4 cup white vinegar
  • 2-1/4 cups brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground mustard

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (2 each) equals 897 calories, 40 g fat (15 g saturated fat), 198 mg cholesterol, 1924 mg sodium, 84 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 49 g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, combine the crumbs, eggs and milk. Crumble ham and beef over mixture. Shape meat mixture, 1/2 cup at a time, into individual balls and place in a 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish.
  2. Combine the sauce ingredients and pour over balls. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 1 hour or until a thermometer reads 160°. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Iowa Ham Balls Main Dish in Country Woman January/February 1990, p36

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