Ham Balls with Pineapple and Chipotle Drizzle

It happens every Friday at my work, and probably every day at work, where we end up discussing what we are cooking during the weekend. Typically someone is grilling, and another person is smoking food, but this conversation led to one of my coworkers planning an upcoming party. He was asking me for a simple salad idea, of which I pointed to an easy to make, and wonderful  Asian noodle salad, and then he began to bring out some of his mom’s recipes that he had online. Many of the recipes were classic, but one of the headings caught my attention. Ham balls.

Ham balls! I could not get that heading out of my head, and as I already had a ham in my refrigerator that I was going to cook and slice for the upcoming work week, I thought what a great idea to make these ham balls and make them with a pineapple and chippotle glaze. The result was nothing but pure heaven in ball form.

Ham Balls Recipe


  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 3/4 cup homemade breadcrumbs
  • 1 cup minced ham
  • 2 tbsp minced onion
  • 3/4 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 1/2 cup canola oil
  • Swiss cheese, small cubes
  • 4 oz crushed pineapple
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 whole chipotle pepper, chopped
  • pinches of salt

Begin by adding the ham, eggs, onion, and homemade breadcrumbs to a large bowl. Mix well.

Add the panko breadcrumbs to a plate.

Take enough of the ham mixture and form it into a golf ball size shape. Once formed, press it down a bit with your thumb. This is where you will take a cube of the swiss cheese and place it in the middle of the ham ball. Form it back into a ball, and roll it into the panko breadcrumbs. Place on a separate plate.  Repeat.

Once all of the balls are formed, place the plate of balls into the freezer and let them form and solidify, approximately 30 minutes.

Ham Balls Recipe

During this time, make the glaze. Add the pineapple, water, and chipotle pepper to a sauce pan. Bring to a simmer, and cook for about 10 minutes. Set aside and let cool. Add the mixture to the blender and pulse it down to a nice puree. A bit of texture is just fine.

Heat the oil in a pot on the stove. Heat it on medium high heat until you reach about 375 degrees.

Take the ham balls out of the freezer and add a few to the heated oil, moving them around until they are all nice and golden brown. This will only take about 5 minutes, if that.

Remove the balls with a slotted spoon onto a paper lined plate, and sprinkle them with a pinch of salt. Repeat.

When you are ready to plate and serve, add the balls to a serving plate, and add the sauce in a small bowl. This plating allowed for a nice drizzle of the sauce on the ham ball. Pure delight through and through. A great crunch on the exterior, while nice a fluffy on the inside, this ham ball when perfect with the sweet heat from the sauce.

Simple, comforting, and great to make for a party, these ham balls were something wonderful.

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Dax Phillips

Thank you for visiting my website. Truly, I do appreciate it. My free time and stress reliever is cooking for my family, friends, and everyone in between. The recipes you find on this site are those that I have either created, been part of, or those that I simply enjoy and have made my own in some shape, form, or other. My focus has always been on comfort food, because at the end of a long work day, you want something comforting. I currently am the father of three children, and married to a wonderful wife of thirteen years. There is nothing fancy with these recipes, just simple, and I will admit, not so simple ingredients, and a simple kitchen corner I can call my own. I learned early on that cooking and bringing family together was very important. After all, this notion of being together at dinner time was instilled early on by my parents. There are many memories of being in the kitchen with my parents, watching them cook, or preparing meals, or those home cooked smells while waiting for dinner. My parents who worked full-time, always had home cooked meals during the week, with the exception of Friday nights where we would enjoy a Wisconsin fish fry, and often on late afternoons on Sunday, where we would order Ann's pizza. I tend to cook by making things up. As a home cook, I think you have to take chances, and add or subtract ingredients that make up a dish, and make them your own. Remember to taste, and taste often. If a dish has potential, try it again, and make it your own. You should also note that I do not count calories, or break down recipes into grams of anything. To me, that's a bit boring. My philosophy is that if the food is good, eat it, and eat it in moderation. Life is just too short not to enjoy good food. Commonly Asked Questions: Can I use your photography/content on my website/blog? Please do not redistribute my photography or recipes without my permission. All of the recipes and photography on this website are my own unless noted, and is subjected to copyright  If you’d like to use a photograph or a recipe, please contact me for permission. Will you review my product/book/site? I am available for recipe development, food photography and/or styling, travel/press events, product reviews, brand promotion/ambassador, and sponsored posts. If you are interested in working with me, or if you have a question/comment regarding a recipe or about my blog, please send me an email.

2 thoughts to “Ham Balls with Pineapple and Chipotle Drizzle”

  1. HI
    How many balls does this recipe make? Do you think I can fry them ahead of time and then reheat in the oven?


    1. Hi Cheri, this recipe made about eight ham balls. You could double up to make more if you want to. You could also decrease the size of them to make a few more. They held up nicely after frying and can definitely be warmed in the oven, or microwave if you should want to go that route. Thanks!

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