Christmas Favourites: Christmas Eve Hamballs

This recipe is one of the best recipes I have come across for using up left over roast meat. The ingredients are staples most people would already have at home. Preparing this dish is also pretty simple, which makes this the perfect Boxing Day meal when you want to take it easy.


For the Hamballs:

  • 450g/1lb lean pork, finely chopped
  • 450g/1lb lean ham, finely chopped
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups breadcrumbs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon salt

For the Glaze:

  • 1/2 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 10 whole cloves

These Ham Balls are a great way to use up leftover roast meat


1. Mix all of the ingredients for the ham balls together, with your hands.
2. Form into 5 cm / 2 inch balls, and place them side by side in a glass baking dish.
3. In a saucepan, combine the ingredients for the glaze and bring it to the boil.
4. Pour the boiled glaze over the ham balls, covering each one by a spoon if necessary.
5. Cover the baking dish loosely with foil and bake in the oven at 180 °C / 350° F for 45 minutes.
6. Spoon the glaze over the ham balls again, and bake for another 45 minutes.
7. During the last 30 minutes, remove the foil and periodically spoon the glaze mixture over the ham balls

This recipe was kindly shared with us by Charly Leetham (Author), Kim Lambert (Editor) and comes from their book, Celebrate Christmas – Dinners and Drinks (The Celebrate Christmas Collection Book 1). You can buy the book here.

About the authors: 

Kim Lambert is an author, photographer, speaker, freelance writer, business woman and entrepreneur, with a background ranging from Technical Management and Development in the computing field to cooking and sewing as part of a medieval recreation group, and making theatrical costumes.

She writes cookbooks and photography books for fun (as a bit of a change from business books!) and also helps others publish their books (regardless of topic!). She lives near Canberra, Australia, and travels as often as possible.

Charly Leetham’s goal is to assist small business owners realize the power of the Internet as a channel to market their organizations in an appropriate and cost-effective manner. She helps solopreneurs and small businesses map their business processes and plan their web presence.  Charly has a passion for IT and helping people overcome their technology challenges. She has more than 24 years experience in the IT industry.

As a result of her endeavours over the last four years, Charly has won the MCEI Women in Business Marketing Award 2010, been shortlisted for the Telstra Business Woman of the Year 2011 awards and awarded Best Entrepreneur – Service Businesses – Up to 100 Employees – Computer Services category in the 8th annual Stevie Awards for Women in Business.  Charly was also named in to the Top 100 Women in Ecommerce 2011 and is an honoree for Website Development in the Women In Business Golden Mouse awards.
In her spare time Charly enjoys good food, drink and company, and sharing that enjoyment. She writes recipe and seasonal books for fun and hopes that you enjoy using them! 

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