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Nana's Ham Ball

Nanas ham ball

Nana makes the best ham ball ever! It's one of her trademark dishes. I always know she'll have a ham ball stashed in her frig with plenty of ritz crackers to smear it on around Christmas. Unfortunately, Nana didn't get to come to the Pressley's annual Christmas party-and we had to hurry back home for school and work so we didn't to spend the night with her and Papaw nor even see them this year. We missed Nana's ham ball, her sausage balls, her potato salad, but most of all we missed her. 

Easy ham ball recipe

 You can see by the photo-Nana's recipe doesn't take many ingredients.

Best ham ball recipe

Once you gather the necessary items-all that's left is to mix them together.

Quick ham ball recipe for the holidays

Once the ingredients are combined-you can shape the mixture into a ball and let it chill in the frig-you can even roll the ham ball in crushed pecans-or you can take the easy way out like I do and put it in a pretty glass bowl and sprinkle paprika on it.

Christmas ham ball

Nana's ham ball can be made well in advance-so its perfect to take along to a last minute Christmas party-or to have something on hand for unexpected guests who might show up during the holidays.

I must warn you-Nana's ham ball is highly addictive once you start smearing it on crackers and gobbling them down its hard to stop.


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That's one of my favorites and doubly so because it's quick and easy.

Tasty made with dried beef and chives in place of the ham and onion, too. Then rolled in dried beef.
Hard to resist. thanks for sharing.

Thanks Tipper! I appreciate the drama of the ham ball! However, everybody has their own twist on it. I will try the paprika. I missed you and Katie and Corie. I really miss listening to Christmas music anymore. Anywhere I go its not there.

Tipper, I made some this evening, the day after Christmas...and my husband, Skip, says it is "ump-delicious" Thanks for sharing! I sure do enjoy Blind Pig and the Acorn and the music files attached remind me so much of my childhood...God bless you all! Prayerfully, Nancy & Preacher Skip too!

Another good recipe. I'll certainly try this one soon. I love cheese balls and this ham ball will be added to my recipes.
Thanks so much. Merry Christmas to you, Tipper, and all your readers.

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Yum! Can't wait to make this. Thanks Tipper for sharing Nana's recipe. This one is definitely a keeper and is going straight into our BP recipe folder!

Who is Nana?

That looks very good and easy too! I'm glad to hear someone else smears things on like smearing honey on a hot biscuit or smear a little grease on a squeak. : )

hmmmmm ---- my grocery also sells chopped, fresh onion so it would be super quick to make as I still have LOTS to do! The hurrier I go the behinder I get.

Sounds yummy, I always have to make my cheese ball every year or the family gets upset with me. haha
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Have you tried using deviled ham? That's what we do - - equally "addictive". Also, try rolling in seasoned or lightly glazed crushed pecans.

That Ham Ball sure looks like a
really good treat, especially with
Ritz Crackers and a good Football
Game. Nice...Ken

Thanks for sharing. I am definitely going to try this one!

My mouth is watering from seeing the photo and recipe. We're having baked ham for Christmas dinner. I'm going to make one of these from leftover ham. Thanks for sharing.

Yummm, sounds and looks like an easy/peasy savory cheese spread for snacking on in the evening or afternoon.
Just wondering...I assume that is the 8oz. bar of cream cheese?

We are planning a late evening Christmas Day get together this year, so many places for the kids to visit and so little time! So we are having small sandwich fixin's, a sliced beef loin, spiral ham slices, cheeses and slider buns or breads...I will make some potato salad...and we will have a crudite tray as well.
Simple and gives a chance to test out all the recipes for fruit dips, savory spreads and still have room to try a new sugar highs..uhh, sugar plums..uhhh, a new pie, cake, candy or cookie recipe! That is if you spread all this tasting out for a few hours!
Thanks Tipper,
and Nana

That sounds and looks wonderful! It reminds me of the Liver Pate that Pap and the Deer Hunter likes so much but it always give the Deer Hunter heart burn. LOL
There are lots of good recipes like that, that are so good but we only make them at Christmas. Homemade Party Mix is another one.
Oh, I remember why we only make them at Christmas....they all have so many calories we'd all be as wide as the door if we made them all the time!

Tipper: Your post today makes me want to rush out to get the ingredients and make the HAM BALL! Maybe I'll get Jim to go shopping - as it is mighty chilly today!


Eva Nell

I had a friend bring one of them to a get together; I thought she had spent hours preparing it. It was quite yummy! Now I know how to make one of them. Happy first day of winter!

Nana's ham ball looks so good. Our holiday food traditions are so interesting, from New Years through Christmas.

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