Sure to please your guests, Glazed Ham Meatballs combine ham and fresh ground pork sausage with vegetables, mustard, spices, and a splash of whiskey. What a perfect appetizer for parties and game days.
Ground ham is available in 1-pound rolls in most supermarket meat departments, but you can also grind your own in a grinder or food processor. These are so good, you will probably want to make a double batch for your party.
Glazed Ham Meatballs Recipe
1-1/2 cups soft bread crumbs (about 3 slices bread pulsed in the food processor)
1 pound ground cured ham, broken apart
1/2 pound fresh ground pork sausage (sage flavored is nice)
1/3 cup minced onion
1/4 cup minced celery
2 Tablespoons milk
1 large egg
1 Tablespoon whiskey
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a rimmed jelly roll pan with non-stick foil.
Combine bread crumbs, ground ham, pork sausage, onion, and celery in a large bowl until evenly mixed.
In a small bowl, whisk together milk, egg, whiskey, dry mustard, pepper, and cloves. Scrape into ham mixture and thoroughly combine. Using about 1 tablespoon of the mixture for each, form into balls and place 1 inch apart on prepared pan. Bake for 25 minutes.
While the ham balls are baking, whisk together brown sugar, whiskey, brown mustard, ketchup, and balsamic vinegar in a small saucepan over low heat. Simmer on low, stirring often, for 5 minutes. Set aside.
Place cooked ham balls in a large bowl and drizzle on the glaze. Gently toss to coat. Serve as an appetizer, warm in a chafing dish or low-heat crockpot.
Yield: 24 to 28 meatballs
Glazed Ham Meatballs Recipe Photo ©2019 Peggy Filippone