Dilly Ham Balls

If you’re not a fan of any of the sweet glazed ham ball recipes, this one may be for you.  It substitutes a sour cream sauce, similar to one I often use on regular meat balls.  Use good ham for this…I always choose ham that says “no water added” for more ham flavor.  Notice that this is not a ham loaf mixture, but entirely ground ham.  I think a mixture would need more seasoning.  This makes a pretty company platter.               
Dilly Ham Balls
     ½   Cup  Dry Bread Crumbs
     ¼   Cup  Green Onions -- finely chopped
  3        Tablespoons  Fresh Dill -- finely chopped OR
  3        Teaspoons  Dill Weed -- divided
     ¼   Cup  Milk
  1        Large  Egg -- lightly beaten
  1        Teaspoon  Dijon Mustard
     ½   Teaspoon  Pepper -- Divided
  1        Pound  Ham -- ground fully cooked
  1        Tablespoon  Butter -- - 2 tablespoons
  1        Tablespoon  Salad Oil -- - 2 tablespoons
  2        Tablespoons  Flour, All-purpose
  1        Cup  Water
  1        Cup  Sour Cream -- 8 ounces
            Hot Cooked Noodles
In a bowl, combine bread crumbs, onions, 1 tablespoon fresh dill (or 1 teaspoon dried dill), milk, egg, mustard, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.  Add ham; mix well.  Shape into 1" balls.  In a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon butter and 1 tablespoon oil.  Brown ham balls, adding remaining butter and oil as needed.  Remove to a serving dish; cover and keep warm.
Drain drippings into a saucepan; blend in flour until smooth.  Gradually add water.  Cook over low heat, stirring constantly until mixture thickens.
Add sour cream and remaining dill and pepper; heat through, do not boil.  Pour over ham balls.  Serve over noodles.
6 Servings
  "Taste of Home Complete Guide to Country Cooking "
Per Serving: 324 Calories; 22g Fat (61.2% calories from fat); 18g Protein; 14g Carbohydrate; 1g Dietary Fiber; 102mg Cholesterol; 1144mg Sodium.  Exchanges: 1/2 Grain(Starch); 2 Lean Meat; 0 Vegetable; 0 Non-Fat Milk; 3 Fat; 0 Other Carbohydrates.


  1. I hope this isn't a duplicate msg. My first one disappeared when I clicked "publish." Am wondering if this would be perhaps a leftover piece of a spiral ham from Christmas that is ground? Sounds good! Something different.

    1. I'm sure your spiral ham would do very well in this recipe. Good way to use it up!


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