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This was a mish-mash of several different recipes. I served a spiral-sliced honey ham for my husband’s birthday a few days ago and had quite a bit leftover. I have a grinder attachment to my Kitchen Aid mixer and so I can easily make the ground ham. Another well-used appliance that I have is a commercial-style chamber vacuum sealer. I buy ground pork in bulk and then divide it into 1/2# and 1# packages to toss in the freezer. It works well for being prepared to make Egg Roll in a Bowl, Chorizo Burgers, Cold Pork Pie, and now these Baked Ham Balls.

  • Ingredients for Ham Balls
  • 2# ground fully-cooked ham
  • 1# ground pork
  • 2/3 cup bread crumbs
  • 1 Tbsp. mustard powder
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup milk
  • Ingredients for Sauce
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/3 cup cider vinegar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease or spray a 9 x 13″ baking dish. Mix all ham ball ingredients together in a very large mixing bowl. Form into large balls, about 3″ diameter. You will get about 20-24 meatballs. Place meatballs into the prepared baking dish. They should all fit into the one pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.

While the ham is baking the first time, mix the sauce ingredients together in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Sugar should be dissolved. Remove from heat.

Remove ham balls from oven and pour sauce over them as evenly as possible. Return to oven and bake 30 minutes more.

Remove from oven and serve warm. Yield: 8-10 servings.

Chorizo Burger with Garlic Shrimp

I’ve made this recipe a few times now and it is really delicious. The original recipe is found at  The photographs on Mandy’s site are spectacular. The first time I made this I used chorizo ready-made from the store. It was not good. Way too salty and spicy, a bad idea. Still intrigued, I made a go of making the chorizo myself according to Mandy’s recipe. My oh my oh my. Yes, that’s wonderful. It’s really easy to throw together. I’ve been using store-made buns, but I made ladyandpups Sweet Potato Burger Buns recipe once and they were great. I’ve also made these several times without the manchego cheese, too. Still great.

I usually double the recipe and form the burgers in the morning to serve for dinner in the evening. We were going to our cabin one weekend and I formed the burgers a couple days ahead and froze them, letting them thaw on the 7-hour drive. I had the other parts ready to go in Ziploc bags and little containers. We arrived and had a most delicious hot dinner that night. Memorable!


1 lb. ground pork
2 cloves minced garlic
1-1/2 tsp. Mexican chili powder
1-1/2 tsp. sweet paprika
Dash cayenne
1 tsp. salt
½ tsp. ground pepper
½ tsp. oregano
¼ tsp. ground cumin
1 tsp. red wine vinegar
1 tsp. tequila

An hour, or more, ahead of time, mix all together and form into 4 patties.
Keep refrigerated.



3 Tbsp. mayonnaise
1 Tbsp. tomato paste
1 tsp. prepared mustard
1-1/2 tsp. paprika
Juice of one lime.
Mix all together. Keep refrigerated until serving time.

8 large shrimp, peeled and deveined.
1 garlic clove, minced
3 sprigs fresh thyme, minced
Salt and pepper
1 tsp. Olive oil
Dry the shrimp well on a towel.
Mix evenly with remaining ingredients and let sit in refrigerator at 
least 30 minutes.










Heat the olive oil in a large skillet. Dust each patty with flour.* Fry the patties at a high heat until a nice brown crust forms on each side. Place a bit of grated cheese on top of each burger, cover, and continue cooking at a lower heat until the meat is thoroughly cooked and the cheese has melted. Remove from skillet.



Add garlic shrimp to hot skillet and stir-fry until they’re cooked. Should take just a couple minutes.

Prepare hamburger buns by toasting, or not, and smear each bun with paprika mayo. Place a patty on a bun, then a couple shrimp, and sliced tomato.

Chorizo Burger

Always someone doesn’t like something . . . sans shrimp.


*This is a great thing I learned at, the dusting of flour on the patties. It forms a nice crust and keeps the moisture inside. You really have to be careful not to burn your mouth. Let the patties rest a bit.


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