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Sweet-&-Sour Ham Balls

  • 35 m
  • 1 h 5 m
Diabetic Living Magazine
“Try this twist on the classic ham dinner for a tasty weeknight meal.”


    • 1 large red sweet pepper, seeded and quartered
    • 1 teaspoon water
    • 1 (8 ounce) can pineapple chunks (juice pack), undrained
    • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
    • 1 tablespoon packed brown sugar (see Tips)
    • 1 tablespoon reduced-sodium soy sauce
    • 2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger
    • 2 teaspoons rice vinegar
    • 2 cloves garlic, minced
    • ½ cup soft whole grain bread crumbs (see Tips)
    • ¼ cup refrigerated or frozen egg product, thawed, or 1 egg, lightly beaten
    • 2 teaspoons dry mustard
    • 10 ounces lean ground pork
    • 4 ounces lean ground lower sodium cooked ham (see Tips)
    • 2 (9 ounce) packages fresh spinach
    • ¼ cup sliced almonds, toasted (optional)


  • 1 Preheat oven to 350°F. For sauce, place sweet pepper quarters, cut sides down, in a microwave-safe dish. Add the water. Cover with plastic wrap. Microwave on 100% power (high) 4 to 5 minutes or until tender. Let stand about 10 minutes or until edges of skins are loosened. Gently peel off skins and discard.
  • 2 Place sweet pepper quarters in a food processor; cover and process until smooth. Drain pineapple, reserving ⅓ cup of the juice; set pineapple chunks aside. Add reserved ⅓ cup pineapple juice, the cornstarch, brown sugar, soy sauce, ginger, vinegar and garlic to sweet pepper in food processor. Cover and process until combined; set aside.
  • 3 For ham balls, in a medium bowl combine bread crumbs, egg and dry mustard. Add ground pork and ground ham; mix well. Form mixture into 12 balls and place in a 2-quart rectangular baking dish. Pour sauce over ham balls. Bake, uncovered, about 30 minutes or until ham balls are done (160°F) and sauce is bubbly on the edges.
  • 4 Meanwhile, heat an extra-large skillet over medium-high heat. Add reserved pineapple chunks; cook 4 to 5 minutes or until lightly browned, turning occasionally. Add spinach in batches, cooking until spinach is wilted. Drain any excess liquid.
  • 5 Serve ham balls and sauce over spinach mixture. If desired, sprinkle with toasted almonds.
  • Tips: If using a sugar substitute, choose from Sweet'N Low Brown or Sugar Twin Granulated Brown. Follow package directions to use product amount equivalent to 1 tablespoon brown sugar. Nutrition Per Serving with Substitute: same as below, except 316 calories, 22 g carbohydrate, 11 g total sugar.
  • To make soft bread crumbs, tear whole grain bread into pieces and process in a food processor.
  • Ask your butcher to grind the ham for you. Or dice the ham, place in a food processor and process until ground.
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