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Ham Balls with Brown Sugar Glaze

These smoky-sweet meatballs are a Pennsylvania Dutch specialty. I like setting them out when folks come to visit. —Janet Zeger, Middletown, Pennsylvania
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. Bake: 30 min.
  • Makes
    about 6 dozen


  • 1 pound fully cooked ham, cubed
  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 1 cup 2% milk
  • 1 cup crushed cornflakes
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • GLAZE:
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon ground mustard


  • Preheat oven to 350°. Pulse ham in batches in a food processor until finely ground. Combine with the next 7 ingredients just until mixed. Shape into 1-in. balls; place in a single layer on greased 15x10x1-in. baking pans.
  • For glaze, cook and stir all ingredients in a small saucepan over medium heat until sugar is dissolved. Spoon over ham balls. Bake until ham balls are just beginning to brown, 30-35 minutes, rotating pans and carefully stirring halfway through. Gently toss in glaze. Serve warm.
Nutrition Facts
1 meatball: 52 calories, 2g fat (1g saturated fat), 11mg cholesterol, 113mg sodium, 5g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 0 fiber), 3g protein.

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  • MaggieWB
    Dec 27, 2019

    I thought it superb! I subbed 1% fat ground turkey for the ground pork to reduce the fat, and used prepared mustard because I forgot to buy dry. I was delighted to find ground ham sold in tubes (like breakfast sausage) which simplified the prep. I served them with pretzel sticks so family could “eat their toothpicks.” thank you for this wonderful recipe. I made them for Christmas dinner and may do so again for New Years dinner.

  • cassandrabottos
    Apr 5, 2018

    Just fantastic.

  • newgrandma
    Apr 5, 2018

    Because I had the ham, I made two recipes of this without the sauce. I froze most of them in bags of 20 - perfect for dinner for my husband and me. The ones I kept out I topped with the sauce and baked them for 30 additional minutes. The only change I made was saltines instead of cornflakes and prepared mustard instead of dry mustard in the sauce. This recipe is a keeper! (And to the latest review on line - I'm sure you could finish these in a slow cooker. You would need to bake the hamballs in the oven with out the sauce, and put them in a slow cooker with the sauce.)

  • davewali
    Feb 28, 2018

    Could I do these in a slow cooker?

  • Carol
    Dec 25, 2017

    These are so delicious!! I didn't have corn flakes, so used Special K and it worked fine!

  • Steve
    Dec 13, 2017

    Does it make any difference what kind of cereal? Does it have to be cornflakes or can you use Cheerios or Chex for example?

  • nshar
    Dec 11, 2017

    Do you spoon ALL of the glaze over the balls before baking or save some for tossing after baking ?

  • KristineChayes
    Dec 9, 2017

    i've been making these ham balls for years and they are delicious! Everyone who tries them, loves them! Excellent party appetizer. The ham balls are tasty and the glaze takes them over the top!

  • rena 55
    Nov 26, 2016

    My husband grew up with Ham Loaf and that's what these little appetizers are. So now we can have them for a quick snack or for a party!

  • WaltWDIV
    Jan 10, 2016

    Great recipe!! easy and delicious