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Sweet-Sour Ham Balls

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. Bake: 45 min.


2 batches (about 30 ham balls each)

Pineapple, brown sugar and mustard combine to create a tangy sauce for these savory ham and pork appetizers. "I like to keep a batch on hand for card parties and other occasions," writes Dorothy Pritchett, Wills Point, Texas.
Sweet-Sour Ham Balls Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 4 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1-1/2 cups soft bread crumbs
  • 2 pounds ground ham
  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 2 cans (8 ounces each) crushed pineapple, undrained
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup prepared mustard
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar


  1. In a large bowl, combine the eggs, onion and bread crumbs. Crumble meat over mixture and mix well. Shape into 1-1/2-in. balls. Place in two greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dishes.
  2. In a blender, combine the pineapple, brown sugar, mustard and vinegar; cover and process until smooth. Pour over ham balls. Transfer to freezer bags; seal and freeze. Or, bake, uncovered, at 350° for 45-50 minutes or until a thermometer reads 160°, basting occasionally with sauce.
  3. To use frozen ham balls: Completely thaw uncooked ham balls with sauce in the refrigerator. Bake as directed in recipe.

Nutrition Facts

3 each: 482 calories, 26g fat (9g saturated fat), 166mg cholesterol, 1326mg sodium, 33g carbohydrate (28g sugars, 1g fiber), 29g protein.

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