Ally's Sweet & Savory Eats

Monday, June 10, 2019

Sweet Glazed Ham Ball Sliders

I've turned my famous Iowa Ham Balls into a fun slider!
These sweet bites of heaven sit on top grilled pineapple and a soft Hawaiian bun.

This post is sponsored by Iowa Pork. All opinions are my own.

sweet glazed ham ball sliders

Summer is HERE.

Finally! We've waited awhile around the Midwest and I'm happy to say it is now full on shorts and bug weather.  Yes, the two come hand in hand and I'm not complaining.

The kids JUST finished school {again, horrible winter} and are super happy I am no longer dragging them out of bed at 7 a.m. and shoving them out the door 40 minutes later.  Our mornings are a bit more relaxed, but our days are still just as busy.  

We may or may not have had 11 ball games last week.  Yes, you read that right, ELEVEN.  But, you know what?  I wouldn't have it any other way.  The kids love it, the husband coaches them all and I want to be no other place then on the sideline watching them play.  

So many memories being made.

sweet glazed ham ball sliders

Our meals have been hit and miss to start this busy Summer season and I've learned to just let that go.  Many nights we are rummaging the fridge at 8 p.m. just getting home and well, we all survive until the next day so I'm trying to not get hung up on it too much.

BUT....a few times a week, even if we are busy I like to put a hot, put-together meal in front of them, so they don't feel Mom only serves them cold meat sandwiches during the months of June through August.

These Sweet Glazed Ham Ball Sliders made their official appearance last week.  To RAVE reviews and shouts of glory.  Well, maybe not "shouts of glory" but everyone gobbled and stuffed their faces and went to bed with full bellies.

sweet glazed ham ball sliders

My long time friends at Iowa Pork have partnered together on this fun recipe post, along with my new friends at Fareway Stores.  Together we've really made a delicious one!

In case you've been living under a rock, the state of Iowa raises 1/3 of all pork eaten in the United States.  That's a lot!  We have a lot of pigs and we are pretty proud of it.  This means wherever you live in the states you are helping to support Iowa farmers.

Thank you.

As a family we buy most of our pork locally directly from the farmer, which means I often have it all on hand in my deep freeze {bacon, ground sausage, roasts, brats, chops, etc.}.  Saying this I do purchase my beloved HAM LOAF from Fareway Stores {a favorite Iowa grocery chain}.  They are the only ones I've found that have it ready and made at their meat counter.

Ham loaf is simply a combination of half ground pork and half ground ham.  If you aren't in the Midwest close to a Fareway, you can ask your butcher to grind up this combination for you.  This ham loaf mixture is most commonly used for a popular Iowa dish called ham balls.  

They are a winter comfort food around these parts and we love them!

sweet glazed ham ball sliders

But here's the thing.  It's not winter! It's most definitely now summer and I wanted to lighten up this classic dish a bit and what better way to do that then to turn it into a slider.

I kept the meat mixture relatively the same, along with the glaze, but jazzed it up my basting that tender burger with the glaze as it cooked and adding some sweet grilled pineapple as a topper.


I brought in the plate of sliders for lunch last week and you would have thought I brought home a new puppy.

sweet glazed ham ball sliders

Sliders continue to be fun and popular and these would be a great party food!  This recipe makes 18 sliders so it can easily feed a hungry crowd.  Serve up a a few fun summer side dishes {perhaps my Chicken Bacon and Ranch Pasta Salad or my Zesty Spaghetti Salad} along with a bowl of fresh fruit and your meal is complete.

Who wouldn't want to come to THAT party?

These sliders also reheat great {tested and approved, we ate them the next day as well} so no worries if you aren't hosting a party and are only feeding your family of five.

They won't last long.

sweet glazed ham ball sliders

I served these sliders on the delicious and famous King's Hawaiian Original Sweet Rolls.  They are soft and sweet and just the right slider size, but feel free to use whatever smaller sandwich bun you can find.

And heck, if you want a "bigger burger" just make into 9 regular sized versions and I'll never know.  You don't need to report it to me....just do what you want!  You'll just need to adjust the cooking times a bit.

Lastly, can we chat about grilled pineapple?  Have you done this?  If you haven't you should.  Just get it slightly charred and watch that pineapple caramelize in front of you....making it super sweet, melting in your mouth.

So, so good.

sweet glazed ham ball sliders

A big summer high-five to Iowa Pork for sponsoring this post and to Fareway for supplying the meat used in this recipe.  I will continue to work with companies in my home state that I love and respect.

Let me know the minute these sweet sliders grace your table!  

Share with me on social media {tag @sweetsavoryeats} and I'll be sure to share the love with my readers and yours.  Let's make these a staple food for all your summer barbecues!

Sweet Glazed Ham Ball Sliders

Yield: 18 sliders
Author: Ally
prep time: 20 Mcook time: 20 Mtotal time: 40 M
This classic Midwestern comfort food has been turned into a slider! A delicious grilled pork burger is slathered in a sweet glaze and sits on top grilled pineapple sandwiched between a sweet Hawaiian bun.


For the sliders:
  • 2 lbs ham loaf (1/2 ground pork, 1/2 ground ham)
  • 1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 t salt
  • 1 t pepper
  • 20 oz can pineapple slices, drained
  • King's Hawaiian Original Sweet Rolls
For the glaze:
  • 1 10.5 oz can tomato soup
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup white distilled vinegar
  • 1 t. yellow mustard


How to cook Sweet Glazed Ham Ball Sliders

  1. Preheat your outdoor grill to medium-high heat.
  2. In a large bowl combine the slider ingredients mixing together with your hands gently.  Form into 18 balls, just slightly pressing down with your fingers to make a small burger.  Lay on a sheet pan and set aside.
  3. In another bowl combine the glaze ingredients and whisk together.  Set aside.
  4. When the grill is hot, start grilling the pineapple slices, about 3-4 minutes a side or until just slightly charred.  Remove from the grill and set aside.
  5. Lay the sliders on the grill basting the tops with the glaze.  Grill 8 minutes a side, continuing to baste in the glaze when flipping sides. When done remove from the grill and add additional glaze if needed.
  6. To assemble the sliders lay the bottom half of the Hawaiian slider bun on a plate, then layer on the grilled pineapple, glazed slider and top bun.  Serve warm.
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Saturday, June 1, 2019

Honey Mustard Chicken and Bacon Skewers

Grilling season has finally arrived! 
These Honey Mustard Chicken and Bacon Skewers will be at the top of your
 menu this Summer.

honey mustard chicken and bacon skewers

Disclosure: The original recipe creation for these Honey Mustard Chicken and Bacon Skewers was sponsored by McCormick® at Walmart. All opinions are my own. 

Nothing makes me more excited than a great summer meal on the grill. Most of us, at least us in the upper half of the country, have been cooped in and we can now finally walk outside and enjoy the weather! 

Give me a warm, freshly grilled dinner on my back patio, and a drink in hand, and I'm set. I really need nothing else to finish off my day. It's relaxing. It's fun! In the summer, our kids ask to eat dinner outside almost every night. We don't always give in to them {hello, mosquitoes and flies}, but when the setting is right we do say yes. 

The days are longer in the summer for a reason....TO ENJOY THEM.

honey mustard chicken and bacon skewers

If you follow me on my blog's Facebook page {you should!} then you recently saw these Honey Mustard Chicken and Bacon Skewers that I showcased in partnership with French’s® Yellow Mustard and Lawry’s® Seasoned Salt purchased at Walmart. 

It was so fun to develop a recipe that screamed Summer and on skewers nonetheless! My kids will eat anything when it's presented in a fun way. Plus, the flavors of honey mustard is always a safe bet for most anymore. 

And if you know me well, you know that my recipes are easy and the ingredient list is simple and fairly short. I don't do complicated things. So this recipe only has seven ingredients, two of them being the chicken and bacon. 

It can't get much simpler than that. 

Even better these skewers can be served hot straight off the grill {slathered with more of that honey mustard of course} or they can be served at room temperature on a buffet. They are easy and fun to eat, especially for the kids. 

Just throw away those used skewers so sword fights don't ensue! 

When you get a chance to make these let me know! If you share them on social media be sure to tag me {@sweetsavoryeats} and I'll make a point to share with my followers as well. I like to share the love!

honey mustard chicken and bacon skewers

Honey Mustard Chicken & Bacon Skewers

Yield: Makes 12, serves 4
prep time: 10 Mcook time: 14 Mtotal time: 24 M
This simple Summer chicken dish is a family favorite! The homemade honey mustard dressing makes this chicken juicy and flavorful.


  • 12 boneless, skinless chicken tenders 
  • 12 strips of bacon 
  • 1 cup French’s® Yellow Mustard 
  • ½ cup honey 
  • 2 tbsp. pure maple syrup 
  • 1 tsp. fresh minced garlic 
  • 2 tsp. Lawry’s® Seasoned Salt 
  • 12 wooden skewers


How to cook Honey Mustard Chicken & Bacon Skewers

  1. In a shallow pan, soak the wooden skewers in water while prepping the chicken. This will help to have the skewers not burn during the grilling process. 
  2. Preheat the grill to medium-high heat. Lightly spray the grill with cooking spray. In a bowl combine the mustard, honey, maple syrup and garlic, whisk together and set aside. Remove about ¼ cup of this mixture and save in a separate bowl (this will be used to baste after grilling right before serving). 
  3. To assemble the skewers: lay a piece of bacon right next to the chicken tender on a cutting board, so they are laying vertically next to each other. Take the skewer and weave through the bacon and chicken until all the meat is pierced and held together. Lay on a platter and continue assembling until all 12 pieces are done.  Sprinkle the skewers with the Lawry’s® Seasoned Salt. 
  4. Right before grilling liberally baste the chicken and bacon on both sides with the honey mustard. Grill the skewers about 5-7 minutes a side, or when both sides are slightly charred and cooked through. 
  5. Remove from the grill and right before serving baste the skewers again with the reserved ¼ cup of the honey mustard. Serve warm.
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Thursday, May 23, 2019

30 Memorial Day Desserts

Time to break out the red, white and blue!
Here is a great list of desserts for your sweet tooth on Memorial Day.

30 Memorial Day Desserts

Memorial Day is upon us!

It is the kick off of summer for us.  Around here, WE NEED SUMMER.  We need it before we all die from the endless rain, storms and chilly weather.  I get it, spring weather is typically rainy with unforgiving temps, but come on!  I planted my garden last week on the one summery day we've had and since then those plants have been sitting in pools of water.

I need some sunshine in my life.

So here's to hoping your Memorial Day weekend is full of sunshine and good food.  Because food over the holidays is what makes the world go round.

I've compiled my FAVORITE patriotic desserts for you!  Everything red, white and blue, it's right here in one comfortable location for your viewing pleasure.  Cookies?  Got 'em.  Cakes? They're here too.  Fruit salads?  Yep.  It's all here.

Enough chatting.  Let's get started.

30 Memorial Day Desserts

30 Memorial Day Desserts

30 Memorial Day Desserts

30 Memorial Day Desserts

30 Memorial Day Desserts

30 Memorial Day Desserts

30 Memorial Day Desserts

30 Memorial Day Desserts

30 Memorial Day Desserts

30 Memorial Day Desserts

30 Memorial Day Desserts

So, which patriotic dessert looks yummy to you?  I'm doing a little happy dance over about 10 of them.  We do have a fun barbecue to attend on Sunday evening so you bet your little hinney I'll be picking a sweet treat off of this list.

Basically, I've done all the work for you again!

Share this post on social media so all your friends can see it!  Tag me @sweetsavoryeats and I'll help spread the love as well.

Have a great holiday!

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Cinnamon Rhubarb Crisp

When Spring rolls around, it's rhubarb season!
This tart, sweet crisp is easy and delicious.

cinnamon rhubarb crisp

I want to thank everyone for entering my Mother's Day was a great turnout!  The lucky winner's package was shipped out today.  Time for a bit of pampering Mama.

Well, what's been happening around here? LOTS.  Our lives are currently consumed by ball games.  Three kids on three teams.  We spend every night at the ball park this past week, minus Friday.  It was weird to be home!

It did allow me to cook {burgers on the grill, this potato salad, baked beans, bacon wrapped grilled asparagus and this rhubarb dessert I'm showcasing today}.  It was a feast for the ages!  It was nice to be home from after school until bedtime and not running in the door at 8:30 at night.  We ate a relaxing dinner, watched the Cubs on TV and just lounged around.

cinnamon rhubarb crisp

A good friend of mine told me to come over and cut as much rhubarb as I guess what? I did.  Actually I need to go get more.

Do you have rhubarb where you live?  I know some people might be reading right now wondering what in the heck I'm talking about.  Well, it's a perennial plant and shockingly back in the day {like way back in the day} it was used for medicinal purposes.  The large triangular leaves are inedible {don't eat!} and while most people cook and bake with it "as a fruit" it is really a vegetable.

The stalks, which resemble celery, are SUPER TART and a bit bitter before being cooked down.  Just ask my 9 year old son who took a big 'ol bite and found out the hard way.  It was a proud moment.

cinnamon rhubarb crisp

Every year I also make one of our other favorite rhubarb sweet treats, my Rhubarb Custard Dessert, but I was lacking a couple of the ingredients, so I quickly just said, why not a crisp?

Any kind of fruit crisp is beyond easy.  Fruit on the bottom sweetened with a bit of sugar and spices, then topped with pantry ingredients for a crunchy top layer {flour, oats, sugar, spices, butter}.  I go a bit heavy on the crisp topping, it's just my style, but feel free to scale back a bit if you want.

I have no idea why you would want to do that, but I've given up trying to please all my readers preferences.

cinnamon rhubarb crisp

This bakes up quick and will make your house smell incredible!  When my kids walked in the door from school they immediately asked what I made.  And oh the tortue of having to wait until AFTER ball games to try some.

I'm pretty much the worst Mom ever.

Now, if you can't find rhubarb in the grocery store, start asking around.  You'd be surprised how many people have it in their backyard and are willing to give it away.  It comes back every year and there is always an abundance of it.

Tag me on social media if you make this!  I'd love to spread the love with my followers.

Cinnamon Rhubarb Crisp

Yield: 8-10
prep time: 10 Mcook time: 40 Mtotal time: 50 M
A delicious, easy rhubarb crisp for when it is in season! Sweet, tart rhubarb topped with a crunchy, salty's just the best, especially when served with vanila ice cream.


  • 4 cups rhubarb, chopped
  • 3/4 cup + an add'l 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 T cornstarch
  • 1 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 2 t cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted


How to cook Cinnamon Rhubarb Crisp

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and lightly grease a 9x13 baking pan.
  2. In a bowl toss and combine the rhubarb, cornstarch, cinnamon and 3/4 cup of sugar.  Lay this mixture into the bottom of the pan.
  3. In the same bowl combine the oatmeal, 1/2 cup sugar, brown sugar, flour and melted butter.  Spread this crumble mixture over the rhubarb.
  4. Bake for 40 minutes uncovered, it will be golden and crispy. 
  5. Allow to sit for 10-15 minutes before serving.
  6. Top with vanilla ice cream or whipped topping.
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Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Ultimate Mother's Day Giveaway

Moms...what would we do without them?
Happy Mother's Day to all moms, grandmas, aunts and friends 
that make this world go round.

Keep reading for a fun giveaway!

Ultimate Mother's Day Giveaway

Hi friends!

It's a fun post today.  Mother's Day is right around the corner and what better way to celebrate than by giving away some fun, cute stuff to pamper all the Moms in our lives.

Some of us are still lucky enough to have our Moms in our lives, others aren't.  Some of us have been graced with children, others have not.  But I do believe that each person has SOMEONE in their life that has helped to guide and develop them.

Someone, whether blood related or not, has helped to shape the person they've become.  It could be an aunt, a cousin, your best friend's Mom or a teacher.  Women kinda make this world go round, don't yout think?

A few months back I contacted some of my favorite companies asking them to jump on board to give one lucky winner a basket full of goodies.  And because the companies and brands I work with are super duper special they all said YES.

Ultimate Mother's Day Giveaway

Are you excited to see what you can win?

ONE lucky reader will win the following, just in time to pamper themself {or gift to another great Mom!} for Mother's Day.

Who wants to win?

I personally hand-picked these items.  I wanted you to shop for whatever you want at Wayfair, to taste my favorite local coffee, relax with some wine on your back porch, scrub up with the best facial and body scrub around, throw away all those cheap koozies and just use the best one and finally relax with a beautiful journal that will help keep you centered, grounded and humble.

To enter please use the Rafflecopter giveaway icon below.  After you have entered below, then hop on over to my Instagram page where I'll be collecting entries there as well.  Double your chance!  I will choose ONE random winner late Friday night, May 10.  U.S. entries only please.

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