Thursday, April 30, 2015

KY Derby | country ham balls

Kentucky has a great country ham scene, and why not highlight it with this delicious recipe?  Not only is it easy and delicious, the meatballs can be made ahead of time then baked when you need them!

country ham balls
 {country ham balls}

country ham balls
 {these are so delicious!  I have made them several times over the last 6 months, and they are always a favorite!}

country ham balls
adapted from Sterling Bits

makes 24-36 balls (depending on how you roll them)

2 pounds local country ham, diced into 1/4 inch pieces
2 pounds local pork sausage
1 1/2 cup bread crumbs
2 local eggs, beaten
2 cups brown sugar
1 1/2 tablespoon mustard
1 cup white wine vinegar
  1. Mix country ham, sausage, bread crumbs, and eggs together until well combined.
  2. Roll out meat mixture to golf-ball sized meat balls.  At this point, the meatballs can be cooked or frozen for future use.
  3. When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350.
  4. Meanwhile, combine brown sugar, mustard, and vinegar in a pot.  Boil until rolling and allow to boil for 2 minutes.
  5. Place meatballs in a 9x13 casserole dish and pour hot sauce over meatballs.
  6. Bake for 20 minutes, turning balls at least once, or until done.
  7. Serve.
I hope that these and the other recipes that I shared this week will inspire your Derby party!

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