4.14.2010

Ham Balls In Barbecue Sauce

Hi everyone! I'm in a bit of a rush tonight, so I can't bring any insightful stories, or side notes, or any creative thoughts to the table. I'm sleepy, ready for bed, and thinking about all I have to do tomorrow (school, optometrist/ophthalmologist appointment, homework, studying, papers, cleaning, banking, making my grocery list, sleep). This recipe from the Better Homes & Gardens New Cook Book is one that can be used for lunch or dinner, or if you want to shape them into tiny ham balls, they can be used as appetizers. The bread crumbs that are incorporated into the meat gives great texture and flavor, which is also complemented by the sauce.

Ham Balls In Barbecue Sauce
*makes 6 servings*

Ingredients:
2 eggs, beaten
1 1/2 cups soft bread crumbs
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
2 tbsp whole milk
2 tsp dry mustard
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
10 oz ground cooked ham
14 oz ground pork
3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup ketchup
2 tbsp apple cider vinegar

Directions:
1) Lightly grease a 2-quart rectangular baking dish; set aside. In a large bowl combine eggs, bread crumbs, onion, milk, 1 teaspoon of the dry mustard, and the pepper. Add ground ham and ground pork; mix well. Shape into 12 balls, using about 1/3 cup mixture for each. Place ham balls in the prepared baking dish.
2) In a bowl combine brown sugar, ketchup, vinegar, and the remaining 1 teaspoon dry mustard. Stir until sugar is dissolved. Pour over ham balls.
3) Bake, uncovered, in a 350F oven about 45 minutes or until done (an instant-read thermometer inserted into the ham balls should register 160F).

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