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Old Fashioned Ham Balls

Old Fashioned Ham Balls are straight from Grandma.  These meatballs are a combination of ground pork, beef and ham with a surprise sweetness coming from graham cracker crumbs.  The brown sugar glazed is just the icing on the top made with a base of tomato soup. 
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 15 mins
Course: Appetizer, Entree, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: graham cracker ham balls, grandma's ham balls, ham balls, ham balls with brown sugar glaze, ham balls with graham cracker crumbs, ham balls with graham crackers, ham balls with tomato soup, old fashioned ham balls, vintage ham balls
Servings: 40 ham balls
Calories: 128kcal
Author: Barbara

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 pound ground pork
  • 1 1/2 pounds ground ham
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 10.5 ounces tomato soup
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • In a large bowl, combine ground beef, ground pork, ground ham, beaten eggs, graham cracker crumbs and milk until mixed.
    Old Fashioned Ham Balls are made with ground pork, beef and ham with a surprise sweetness coming from graham cracker crumbs. 
  • Roll into 1 1/2 inch balls. Arrange in a baking dish. (2) 13 x 9 inch baking dishes work perfectly.
    Old Fashioned Ham Balls are made with ground pork, beef and ham with a surprise sweetness coming from graham cracker crumbs. 
  • In a bowl, mix tomato soup, brown sugar, dry mustard and apple cider vinegar.
    Old Fashioned Ham Balls are made with ground pork, beef and ham with a surprise sweetness coming from graham cracker crumbs. 
  • Spoon or pour over the ham ball.
    Old Fashioned Ham Balls are made with ground pork, beef and ham with a surprise sweetness coming from graham cracker crumbs. 
  • Bake, uncovered, for 1 hour.
    Old Fashioned Ham Balls are made with ground pork, beef and ham with a surprise sweetness coming from graham cracker crumbs. 
  • Serve with the brown sugar glazed spooned over top.

Notes

  • Serve these vintage ham balls as an appetizer or as a main course.
  • This recipe serves a crowd, making approximately 40 brown sugar glazed ham balls.  Double the recipe if you are serving at a large gathering or party.
  • Bake in a glass baking dish, Pyrex or Corning-ware.  This ham ball with tomato soup recipe fits perfectly in two 13 x 9 inch dishes, however, use whatever size you have.
    • 20 ham balls fit in a 13 x 9 inch baking dish - 5 rows, 4 ham balls across.
  • Be sure to use plain ground pork not to be confused with pork sausage.
  • I made my own ground ham. I cut up a ham steak, and threw it into the food processor until it was pulverized.  Or, you can request some from the meat counter at the grocery store. 
  • This is a great way to use leftover ham or try this easy sandwich spread recipe. 

Nutrition

Calories: 128kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 33mg | Sodium: 78mg | Potassium: 158mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 51IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 21mg | Iron: 1mg