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Ken Enck's Recipe for Ham Balls

Ken Enck, owner of Enck's Custom Catering, feeds many NASCAR teams. Below is his recipe for ham balls, courtesy of Ken's mother, Ann Enck, who calls the meal "excellent for Thanksgiving." The Enck family catering business in Lanchester, Pa., feeds about a thousand people a year on Thanksgiving Day. Ham balls are always on the menu.

Ham Balls or Ham Loaf

3 pounds freshly ground smoked ham

3/4 -1 pound of fresh ground pork

4 eggs

1 1/2 cup whole or 2 percent milk

2 cups bread crumbs

Directions: Mix ingredients together and form into a loaf or into individual balls. Bake the ham balls at 350 degrees for 1 hour and 10 minutes. When the balls are three-fourths baked, drizzle some syrup on them — that's what gives them their special flavor. Continue cooking for another 15 minutes or until done. Serve remaining syrup with finished dish. Serve with mashed potatoes and green beans.

To Make the Syrup

1/2 cup vinegar (any kind)

3/4 cup brown sugar

1 or 2 tablespoon mustard — wet

Directions: Mix the ingredients together and cook at low heat on a stovetop to make syrup.

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