Glazed Ham Balls and Smokies

These mini party appetizers are cooked in the slow cooker, freeing up the host for other projects. Cranberry sauce adds a touch of sweetness to these treats.

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  • Makes: 25 servings
  • Prep: 30 mins
  • Bake: 15 mins 350°F
  • Cook: 2 hrs to 3 hrs (high)

Glazed Ham Balls and Smokies

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Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Lightly coat a 15x10x1-inch baking pan with cooking spray; set aside.
  2. For meatballs, in a large bowl, use a fork to beat egg. Stir in graham cracker crumbs, onion, dried cranberries, milk, and cloves. Add ham and pork; mix well. Shape the mixture into 50 meatballs. Arrange in the prepared pan.
  3. Bake for 15 minutes or until done (160F). checking with an instant-read thermometer*.
  4. Meanwhile, for sauce, in a medium saucepan stir together cranberry sauce, chili sauce, vinegar, and dry mustard. Cook over medium heat until cranberry sauce is melted, stirring occasionally.
  5. In a 3-1/2- to 5-quart slow cooker, combine meatballs and sausage. Pour sauce over mixture in cooker. Cover and cook on high-heat setting for 2 to 3 hours. Serve immediately or keep warm on low-heat setting for up to 2 hours. Serve meatballs and sausage with cocktail picks. Makes 25 servings.

From the Test Kitchen

Prepare as directed through Step 3. Place baked meatballs on a tray; cover and freeze for 30 minutes. Transfer meatballs to a freezer bag. Seal, label, and freeze for up to 3 months. To use, transfer frozen meatballs to a 3-1/2-, 4-, or 5-quart slow cooker. Continue as directed in Steps 4 and 5, except cook for 3 hours on the high-heat setting.

Test Kitchen Tip:

Looking at the internal color of a meatball is not the best way to know if it's thoroughly cooked. A beef or pork meatball cooked to 160F or a poultry meatball cooked to 165F is safe, regardless of color. To check the temperature, insert an instant-read thermometer into the center of a meatball.

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Nutrition Facts (Glazed Ham Balls and Smokies)

  • Per serving:
  • 138 kcal cal.,
  • 7 g fat
  • (2 g sat. fat,
  • 1 g polyunsaturated fat,
  • 3 g monounsatured fat),
  • 29 mg chol.,
  • 524 mg sodium,
  • 13 g carb.,
  • 1 g fiber,
  • 9 g sugar,
  • 6 g pro.
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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