Glazed Ham Balls
  • For Ham Balls:
  • ½ pound ground cooked ham
  • ¾ pound ground pork
  • ⅔ cup quick-cooking rolled oats (not instant)
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • ½ cup milk
  • For Glaze:
  • ⅓ cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • ⅔ cup fruit juice (pineapple, apricot, or peach - or water, but juice is best. I used pineapple)
  • 2 Tablespoons cider vinegar
  • ⅓ cup dark corn syrup (or if you are lucky to have, Finnish dark syrup. Order online!)
  • Dash of cloves
  1. Combine all ham ball ingredients and mix well. Chill mixture to make rolling into balls easier. You can do this hours ahead!
  2. Heat oven to 300 degrees F. Shape mixture into small balls, about 1-inch. Place in a shallow baking pan and bake for ½ hour. Turn meatballs over and bake another half hour or until cooked through.
  3. While meatballs are baking, make the glaze. Combine the brown sugar, flour, and dry mustard in a small saucepan; stir to mix. Add the fruit juice, vinegar, syrup, and cloves; stir to combine. Cook and stir over medium heat until slightly thickened, about 5 minutes.
  4. Pour over ham balls after they are cooked, stir well to coat, and return to oven for 5 minutes or until nicely glazed and hot. Watch carefully!
  5. Serve glazed ham balls as desired- over noodles, rice, with buttered new potatoes, or serve as an appetizer with toothpicks by themselves.
Recipe by The Culinary Cellar at