Bourbon Ham Balls

“Grandma Nette was the queen of ham ball recipes. I make them salty-sweet with a bourbon and vinegar kick. Serve them alone, in a sandwich or over pasta or rice.” —Kimla Carsten, Grand Junction, Colorado

Bourbon Ham BallsPhoto: Taste of Home
Servings Prep Time Cook Time
3-1/2dozen 70minutes + freezing 15minutes
Servings Prep Time
3-1/2dozen 70minutes + freezing
Cook Time
Portions: dozen
Portions: dozen
  1. Cut ham, pork chop and bacon into 1-in. pieces; arrange in a single layer in a foil-lined 15x10x1-in. pan. Freeze 30 minutes or until partially frozen.
  2. Preheat oven to 350°. Transfer meat to a food processor in batches; pulse until coarsely ground, 20-24 pulses. In a large bowl, combine bread crumbs, milk and eggs. Add meat mixture; mix lightly but thoroughly. Shape into 1-1/2-in. balls.
  3. In a large skillet, heat 1/4 in. oil over medium heat. Add ham balls in batches; cook 3-4 minutes or until cooked through, turning occasionally. Remove from pan; drain on paper towels.
  4. In a large bowl, whisk sauce ingredients; reserve 1 cup for serving. Add ham balls to sauce, a few at a time, allowing ham balls to soak 1-2 minutes. Transfer ham balls to a foil-lined 15x10x1-in. baking pan. Bake 15-20 minutes or until heated through, brushing occasionally with remaining sauce from soaking. Serve with reserved sauce.
Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts
1 ham ball with 1 teaspoon sauce: 138 calories, 8 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 27 mg cholesterol, 276 mg sodium, 9 g carbohydrate (8 g sugars, 0 fibre), 6 g protein.