Leftover Ham Balls

Ham balls are a great recipe, the perfect way to enjoy leftover ham!

Savory ham and pork meatballs in a quick zesty sauce. These make a great meal served over rice or even an appetizer for snacking on! Pop some into a hoagie sandwich with cheese and onions for a new favorite!

close up of Ham Balls on rice

What are Ham Balls?

This recipe comes from an old church cookbook I have, it’s been around for ages. Ham balls are similar to a ham loaf but in meatball form!

Ham is finely diced (or processed in the food processor as you would for a ham salad) and combined with ground beef, pork, onions, and seasonings.

They’re baked in a simple (shortcut) sauce and great served over rice.

ingredients to make Ham Balls in bowls

Ingredients and Variations

MEAT Our recipe uses a 1:1 ratio of beef and pork, and then a full cup of ground ham, which makes this a great recipe for using up leftovers.

SAUCE The sauce is simple and zesty. Using condensed tomato soup makes the sauce a little bit creamy. For a sweeter flavor, add some pineapple juice!

ingredients to make Ham Balls in a glass bowl

How to Make Ham Balls

Ham balls are as easy to make as 1, 2, 3!

  1. Cook onion in butter until tender.
  2. Place ham in the food processor and process until it is crumbled.

shredding ham to make Ham Balls

  1. Mix ham ball ingredients & form into meatballs.
  2. Place meatballs in a casserole dish, spaced evenly.
  3. Cover with sauce & foil, bake per recipe instructions, turning once.

Ham Balls on a casserole dish


  • Baked ham balls in sauce will keep in the refrigerator up to 5 days as long as they are covered. Simply reheat them in the microwave.
  • Freeze ham balls with the sauce in zippered bags with the date written on the outside. They will keep for about 6 weeks.

So Many Meatballs!

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close up of Ham Balls on rice

Ham Balls

These juicy Ham Balls are flavorful & easy to make. Serve as an appetizer or as an entree over rice with our homemade sauce!
Course Appetizer, Dinner, Entree, Ham
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 562
Author Holly Nilsson


  • ½ onion finely diced
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • ½ pound lean ground beef
  • ½ pound lean ground pork
  • 8 ounces ground ham about 3 cups, see note
  • 1 egg
  • cup bread crumbs
  • ¼ cup milk
  • ½ teaspoon dry mustard powder
  • teaspoon ground black pepper


  • 1 can condensed tomato soup
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard


  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Cook onion in butter for 5-6 minutes or until tender. Cool completely.
  • Combine all sauce ingredients in a bowl.
  • Combine ham ball ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Form into 1″ meatballs and place in a 9×13 pan.
  • Spread sauce over the meatballs, cover and cook 30 minutes.
  • Uncover, flip meatballs over and cook an additional 20-25 minutes or until sauce is thickened and meatballs are cooked through.


Calories: 562 | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 36g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 159mg | Sodium: 1312mg | Potassium: 871mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 23g | Vitamin A: 471IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 103mg | Iron: 4mg
Ham Balls on rice with a title
Ham Balls in a dish with a title
Ham Balls with rice and writing
Ham Balls in a casserole dish with writing
Ham Balls in a dish and on rice with a title

Adapted from Riley, Ethel. “Ham Balls.” Circulation Service. Rapid City, SD, 1990. 86. Print.

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Pineapple Ham

Pineapple ham is a deliciously zesty twist on a classic baked ham recipe.

It’s spring and that means it’s time for Easter pineapple ham (although this easy dish can be enjoyed all year long)!  Serve it with your favorite sides from sweet potato casserole and scalloped potatoes (or even mashed) for the perfect meal.

ham topped with pineapple and cherries

A Delicious Ham Recipe

Pineapple Ham recipe is an Easter favorite!

  • This dish is easy, affordable, and delicious!
  • It has the perfect blend of flavors, sweet, tart, and salty.
  • This ham is incredibly juicy and tender.
  • The pineapple and cherries makes it beautiful and festive!

Ingredients and Variations

HAM The star of this delicious dish is a fully cooked 6-pound ham. If your ham is not fully cooked it will require extra cook time (follow the directions on your package).

PINEAPPLE  A can of pineapple rings is really easy to use, they’re thick and delicious. If you prefer, use fresh pineapple. If you only have pineapple chunks, those work too but you’ll need to use a toothpick to secure each chunk.

FLAVOR A quick glaze of mustard, brown sugar, and a handful of seasonings adds flavor to the ham. For extra flavor, use your favorite ham glaze recipe.

ingredients for making pineapple ham

How to Cook Pineapple Ham

  1. Score a ham. Place it in a deep casserole dish. Set aside.
  2. Brush ham with Dijon glaze (per the recipe below) and add pineapple juice to the baking dish.

baked ham with mustard

  1. Cover with foil & bake.
  2. Remove ham from the oven, brush with the pineapple juice. Secure pineapple rings to the ham with toothpicks. Secure half a maraschino cherry to the center of each pineapple ring.

pineapple rings and cherries on ham

  1. Bake, uncovered for another 25 to 35 minutes or just until ham reaches 140°F.


Baked ham will keep in the refrigerator for up to 8 days in an airtight container.

Freeze ham steaks in zippered bags either individually or between pieces of parchment paper. Label the bags with the date and they can stay frozen up to 3 months. Thaw and reheat in the microwave.

More Ways to Cook Ham

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ham topped with pineapple and cherries

Pineapple Ham

Sweet, savory, and oh-so-flavorful, this pineapple ham is a must-have for any holiday dinner!
Course Dinner, Entree, Ham, Main Course, pork
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Rest Time 10 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 5 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 577
Author Holly Nilsson


  • 1 fully cooked ham about 6 pounds
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 8 maraschino cherries optional


  • 1 can pineapple rings with juices
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • teaspoon ground cloves


  • Preheat oven to 325°F.
  • Diagonally score the ham with a sharp knife. Place ham in a casserole dish.
  • To make the glaze, whisk 3 tablespoons of the juice from the pineapple with brown sugar, dijon, and cloves. Set aside.
  • Brush ham with dijon mustard and pour remaining pineapple juice over ham. Cover with foil and cook 80 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven and brush with pineapple juice. Place pineapple rings over ham and secure with toothpicks (add a ½ maraschino cherry to the center of each if desired.)
  • Bake uncovered 25-35 minutes or just until ham reaches 140°F. Do not overcook.
  • Remove ham from the oven and let it rest 10 minutes before slicing.


Calories: 577 | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 65g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 248mg | Sodium: 3974mg | Potassium: 1056mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 40IU | Vitamin C: 86mg | Calcium: 41mg | Iron: 3mg

Ways to Use Leftover Ham

Check out all of our leftover ham favorites here!

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Easter Breakfast Bake

Easter Brunch is a special meal and this breakfast bake fits the bill! In this dish, french toast meets carrot cake for a breakfast so delicious you’ll think it’s dessert.

Top it with a drizzle of glaze, cream cheese frosting, or whipped cream for a perfect Easter breakfast.

plated Easter Breakfast Bake

No reservations, waiting in line, or waiting for service, plus, we love that this casserole can be made the day before while you are busy with other festivities!

What’s in a Breakfast Bake?

BREAD Sweet cubes of cinnamon bread are layered with other ingredients for a classic French toast bake with a twist!

FRUIT A sweet mix of carrots & pineapple is dotted with sweet raisins. So colorful for Easter, and super tasty!

CREAM CHEESE  With a citrusy cream cheese mixture, this is one breakfast bake that truly has it all!

EGGS & SWEETENER It’s all smothered in a creamy mixture made from eggs, milk, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Storing it overnight lets the liquid gets soaked into the bread and softens the raisins.

TOPPING This Easter Breakfast is baked to crispy perfection with a topping of pecans, coconut, and even more brown sugar.

ingredients to make Easter Breakfast Bake


What’s so fun about this recipe is that it’s so versatile! Get creative with this Easter season classic, it’s so good.

  • Instead of raisins, try dried cherries, cranberries, or chopped dried apricots.
  • Switch out the pecans for walnuts, and use shredded sweet potatoes instead of carrots.
  • Add a handful of mini chocolate chips or coconut to the topping, too!

process of adding ingredients to pan to make Easter Breakfast Bake

How to Make an Easter Breakfast Bake

Easter brunch is so easy with this sweet and fluffy recipe!

  1. Place cubes of cinnamon bread in a casserole dish (per recipe below).
  2. Sprinkle carrots, pineapple, & raisins over bread crumbs.
  3. Mix cream cheese, brown sugar, & orange zest in a small bowl and dot overtop.
  4. Pour the custard mixture over the entire casserole and refrigerate overnight.

In the Morning

  1. Remove casserole 45 to 60 minutes before baking.
  2. Bake uncovered, 45 to 55 minutes. Let rest 15 minutes before serving.

cooked Easter Breakfast Bake on a plate

Best Breakfast Bakes

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Easter Breakfast Bake

This Easter Brunch recipe is the perfect make-ahead casserole & tastes just like a carrot cake!
Course Breakfast, Casserole, Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Chill Time 12 hours
Total Time 13 hours 20 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 466
Author Holly Nilsson


  • 12 slices cinnamon bread cut into 1-inch cubes, about 12 cups
  • 1 cup carrots shredded
  • cup crushed pineapple drained and squeezed very dry
  • ½ cup raisins
  • 8 eggs
  • 2 cups milk
  • cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

Cream Cheese Mixture

  • 8 ounces cream cheese room temperature
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest


  • ¼ cup chopped pecans
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 2 tablespoons flaked coconut
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon


  • Leave your bread out for a few hours or place it on a tray at 350˚F for about 8 minutes to slightly dry it out.
  • In a medium bowl, combine cream cheese mixture ingredients until fluffy.
  • Grease a 9×13 inch baking dish. Layer half of the bread cubes in the pan. Sprinkle with half of the carrots, pineapple and raisins. Dot with the cream cheese mixture. Top with remaining bread and the other half of the carrots, pineapple, and raisins.
  • In a bowl, stir together the eggs, milk, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Pour over the casserole, cover with foil and refrigerate overnight.
  • Remove the casserole from the fridge about 45-60 minutes before baking. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  • Mix topping ingredients together in a small bowl. Sprinkle over casserole just before baking.
  • Bake uncovered 45-55 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean and casserole is set.
  • Cool 15 minutes before serving.


Calories: 466 | Carbohydrates: 56g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 205mg | Sodium: 357mg | Potassium: 467mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 27g | Vitamin A: 3508IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 180mg | Iron: 3mg
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Easter Breakfast Bake in a dish and plated with a title
plated Easter Breakfast Bake with a title
Easter Breakfast Bake with writing

Originally posted at Spend with Pennies