Amish Ham Balls
This Amish ham balls recipe is worthy of a new family tradition.
Ham ball recipes always remind us of church potlucks. There are so many delicious things to eat at those events, but someone will always bring a fantastic recipe like this one. As you're loading up your plate with potato salad, coleslaw, and funeral sandwiches, you're secretly just hoping that there will be some ham balls left by the time you get to them.
These Amish ham balls are our version of that all time favorite recipe, and this one is made for a crowd. With plenty of dark brown sugar and ketchup, this recipe is bursting with flavor. It's guaranteed to be a favorite at any church potluck or family event. Luckily this recipe makes plenty of Amish ham balls to go around... you might even have some leftovers to enjoy the next day!
This recipe uses purchased ham steak that you grind yourself into ground ham. It's easy to do in your food processor, and you'll love the savory, salty flavor that comes from the ham steak. You'll also make your own glaze, which is easier than it sounds. You'll combine a few delicious ingredients and then simmer on the stove until they reduce into gooey perfection.
What do you serve with ham balls?
As you can see by the quantity on this recipe, it makes enough all on its own to fill everyone up! However, we recommend side dishes like coleslaw or a big green salad to balance out the richness of the ham. You can also serve it with corn, cucumber salad, or a variety of other delicious sides.
Amish Ham Balls Recipe
Yields70 ham balls
Preparation Time25 min
Cooking Time1 hr 25 min
- 2 pounds ground ham steak
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1 pound ground pork
- 4 eggs
- 1 1/4 cup milk
- 1 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
- 3 1/2 cups dark brown sugar
- 1 1/4 cup ketchup
- 1/4 cup water
- 1 cup apple cider vinegar
- 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- 2 teaspoons dry mustard powder
Heat oven to 350. Lightly grease 2-9x13 inch baking dishes with cooking spray.
Cut ham steak into cubes and place in a food processor with the steel blade. Pulse until you have chopped the ham like the ground beef. You may need to grind the ham in 2 batches.
In a large mixing bowl combine the ham, beef, pork, eggs, milk and panko. Mix until well combined.
Using a small cookie scoop or your hands shape the mixture into 2 inch balls. Divide the meatballs between the 2 baking dishes.
In a medium saucepan whisk together the brown sugar, ketchup, water, apple cider vinegar, Worcestershire, and ground mustard. Over medium high heat bring the glaze to a boil, whisk until the brown sugar has melted. Reduce the heat to medium and simmer for 4 minutes or until the glaze has thicken.
Evenly pour the glaze over the meatballs. Bake for 75-85 until the meatballs are browned.
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