Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Iowa Ham Balls

This is a Taste of Home recipe and a common one in Iowa. I have made these many times and they were a favorite of the "boys" in my family. Perhaps we could enjoy a bit of nostalgia and present them in Allen Hall on some occasion.

Iowa Ham Balls

TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 1 hour
MAKES: 15 servings


  • 3-1/2 pounds ground ham
  • 1-1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 2 cups milk
  • 3 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 2 cans (10-3/4 ounces each) tomato soup, undiluted
  • 3/4 cup vinegar
  • 2-1/2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon prepared mustard


  1. In a large bowl, combine first five ingredients. Using a 1/3 cup measure, shape mixture into 2-in. balls. Place in two large shallow roasting pans. Combine all remaining ingredients; pour over balls. Bake at 325° for 1 hour, basting frequently with sauce. Yield: about 15 servings.
Originally published as Iowa Ham Balls in Country April/May 1992, p47

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