By Vicki Leach
September 2023


  • 2 8-ounce packages of diced ham (small diced)
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon grated onion (optional)
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened as needed
  • 2 cups chopped pecans 
A platter holding a selection of toasted breads, and a ball of ham and pecans held together by mayonnaise and cream cheese, called a party ham ball. It needs a little more party and way less ball.


Mix ham, mayonnaise, cream cheese, and onion (if using) together. When well combined, form into a ball, and roll in chopped pecans. If ball is too soft, throw in the fridge to harden a bit before rolling in pecans. Make the whole thing, divide in half, and serve one now and have one for later. 

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