Saturday, January 4, 2014

Ham Balls with Cherry Sauce

My husband and I were watching Top Chef the other night when the contestants had to make something that reminded them of home. Well there are a lot of recipes that remind me of home, but if I were good enough to be on Top Chef (which will never, ever happen), I would make ham balls with cherry sauce. It reminds me of home and all the flavors go together so well. My mom got this recipe from my Grandma and it's one of my favorite recipes from her. She's made it for me quite a few times to take back with me to college and more recently when I had Claire. It can take a little time so when you commit to making it, double the batch and freeze half. 

1. I will give you the amounts for one batch of the recipe, so keep that in mind if you are doubling. I think it's actually easier to double because meat normally comes in the doubled amounts. You will need 1 lb ground smoked ham, 1/2 lb ground pork, 1 1/2c. bread crumbs, 1 well beaten egg, 1/2 t. dry mustard, 1/4c. brown sugar, and 1t. prepared mustard.

2. Mix the ground ham (I had to use my meat grinder and grind it myself), ground pork, bread crumbs, and dry mustard together. 

3. Form into 1/3c. size balls and place in greased muffin tin. 

4. Mix together prepared mustard and brown sugar. I used dijon. 

5. Spread over top of ham balls. Bake at 350F for 45 minutes. My doubled batch made 18 ham balls. 

6. For the sauce you will need 1 can tart red cherries, 2T. cornstarch, and 1/2c. sugar. If you double the recipe, I would recommend tripling the sauce recipe. That is one of the best parts! I love to drench these in the cherry sauce and you certainly don't want to be left with 5 ham balls and a teaspoon of sauce!

7. Combine all sauce ingredients in a saucepan and cook over low heat stirring constantly until sauce is thick and clear. Serve over ham balls. 

Ham Balls with Cherry Sauce
1 lb ground smoked ham
1/2 lb ground pork
1 1/2c. bread crumbs
1 well beaten egg
1/2 t. dry mustard
1/4c. brown sugar
1t. prepared mustard
For sauce:
1 can tart red cherries
2T. cornstarch
1/2c. sugar

1. Combine ground ham, ground pork, bread crumbs, and dry mustard together and form balls in 1/3c. amounts. Place in greased medium sized muffin tins. 
2. Mix together brown sugar and prepared mustard. Spread over top of ham balls. 
3. Bake at 350F for 45 minutes.
For sauce:
1. Combine cherries with juice, cornstarch, and sugar in a saucepan over low heat. Cook until thick and clear, stirring constantly. Serve over ham balls. 


  1. They look so sticky good. I would love them since I like Sweet. Savory & Salty all in one dish. These remind me of Chinese dishes and I love Chinese Food. =)

  2. I can see what you mean the way Chinese dishes combine sweet and savory. I love dishes that do that, too! :)

  3. This sounds pretty good. I have never heard of ham balls before.

  4. I've honestly never had them anywhere, but home. They are seriously delicious though! I love the sweet and savory flavors!