Sweet and Sour Pineapple Meatball Recipe
Can't you just hear Elvis strumming a uke? See Harry Truman sporting an Aloha shirt? Well, now you can taste some Polynesian paradise in these sweet and sour pineapple meatballs. Rock-a-hula Baby and get rolling on these supremely saucy, tender spheres best piled atop a Mauna-kea (white mountain) of rice.
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2 lbs lean ground beef
1 cup breadcrumbs
3/4 cup milk
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
2 tsp kosher salt
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
Sweet and Sour Pineapple Sauce
3 cups canned pineapple chunks, with syrup
1 3/4 cup Heinz chili sauce
1 cup cubed red bell pepper
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup cider vinegar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/3 cup cornstarch
1 cup water
1) For the meatballs, preheat oven to 500°F. Line a large baking sheet with aluminum foil and coat with non-stick cooking spray.
2) In a large bowl, mix the ground beef, breadcrumbs, milk, eggs, salt and pepper until combined. Add 2 handfuls of very cold water to the bowl and mix until combined. Shape the beef mixture into 1-inch meatballs. Place in a single layer on the prepared baking sheet and bake 12-15 minutes. Remove from oven and drain on paper towel.
3) For the sauce, in a large saucepan, combine pineapple chunks (with syrup), chili sauce, red peppers, soy sauce, vinegar and brown sugar. Place cornstarch in a small dish, stir in 1 cup of water until smooth and add to saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat, continuously stirring until sauce thickens. Gently stir meatballs into sauce, cooking until heated through.