Red Currant-Glazed Ham Meatballs W/Dried Cherries

Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 18 mins

I LOVE these, been making them for about 15 years now. A nice change from regular meatballs. Everyone really likes them. I usually serve these as an appy or even a side dish for parties, but I wouldn't see why it couldn't be made as a main dish, too! :)

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In bowl, combine first 5 ingredients.
  2. Add next 2 ingredients and mix with hands.
  3. Shape into 1" balls.
  4. Bake in 13x9 pan and bake at 350º for 18-20 minutes.
  5. In small saucepan, melt jelly and mustard.
  6. Place meatballs into dish, pour sauce over, stir lightly to coat.
  7. Toothpick if desired for appetizers.
  8. Serve hot.
Most Helpful

Delicious! I loved the tartness of the cherries and the mustard currant sauce was a nice complement! Have 1/2 ham and 1/2 beef made these less salty than when I make hamballs out of 100% ground ham and I will use this mixture from now on instead. I used 1/3 c panko instead of a slice of bread, and it held together nicely. I used dijon mustard like a previous reviewer and agree that I would prefer that to yellow mustard. Thanks for posting!

noway November 02, 2010

As is ... Great twist on meatballs. I had a friend stop over Sat night at midnight. Driving through town to the keys and wanted to go out and grab a bite, instead ... I had all this on hand. The cherries I even had. Some from a Christmas recipe and ham and beef in the fridge, so this was great. And for those who don't use currant jelly. It is great. I use it all the time for glazes of beef, poultry and pork. It is wonderful. My only change. I soaked the bread in milk and squeezed. I think the wet bread crumbs gives a bit of moisture. I make all my meatballs that way. Three notes ... I used a large egg. I think a jumbo may be too much; I used the whites and greens of the onions; and last I used dijon, I don't think yellow would work well. I just baked as directed and tossed in the sauce. I served some grilled baguettes on the side and some cheese and crackers for my friend. He was happy. Better than expensive late night take out food. Thx for a great different recipe.

SarasotaCook March 10, 2010

These were really good. I love the sweetness with the ham!!! I also ground up some ham in my mini-processor. I doubled the recipe for my big family, and served with noodles and red cabbage!

Charmie777 June 19, 2007