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Ham Ball

When I married Jim I became a part of the Begley family and have been introduced to many new traditions as well as food items they grew up eating. I will never forget the Christmas that the brothers kept talking about "handball" as an appetizer. I was too afraid to ask what the heck they were talking about, so I just waited until the holiday came to find out they were actually saying "ham ball."

It isn't the most attractive appetizer, but it is three important things:

  1. Delicious

  2. Easy to make

  3. Special to the Begley boys

Thank goodness my Mother-in-Law is always willing to share her recipes with me.


1 block cream cheese, softened

1 package (around 9 ounces) of sliced deli ham

6 green onions, white and green parts chopped separately

1/2 tablespoon Lawry's seasoned salt

1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

After you chop the green onions in half to separate the white and green parts, put the white halves in a food processor along with the remaining ingredients and whirl until everything is sliced, diced and mixed well. You should have a uniform pink mixture in the food processor.

Scrape the mixture out onto a pretty plate or bowl and form into a ball. Chop the remaining green onion tops and cover the pink ball. Cover and refrigerate until appetizer time.

Serve with crackers.

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