Sweet n’ Sour Hawaiian Meatballs
I finally had my Hawaiian Party this weekend! I had a slip n’ slide, a kiddie wading pool, decorations, leis, Hawaiian music, and, best of all…delicious Hawaiian food and drinks!
My absolute favorite dish of the night was the Sweet n’ Sour Hawaiian Meatballs! They were great for snacking, easy to make, and they tasted just like a sweet and sour dish from your favorite Chinese restaurant! Yum.
Here’s what you need to make them:
* 1 1/2 lb. ground beef
* 2 eggs
* 4 Tbs. cornstarch
* 1 onion, minced
* 1/4 tsp. pepper
* 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
* 1 tsp. salt
* 1/4 tsp. garlic powder or grated garlic
* 2 Tbs. salad oil
* 1 1/4 C. pineapple juice
* 1 Tbs. soy sauce
* 3 Tbs. wine vinegar
* 1/3 C. water
* 1/2 C. brown sugar
* 2 C. fresh pineapple and papaya chunks
* 2 green peppers, cut bite size
And here’s what you do!
Blend together beef, eggs, 1 tsp. cornstarch, onion, pepper, nutmeg, salt and garlic. Form into 1-inch balls. Heat oil in skillet and brown meatballs on all sides. In a large saucepan, add remaining cornstarch to pineapple juice along with soy sauce, vinegar, water and brown sugar. Cook until thickened, stirring constantly. Add meat balls, fruit and green pepper and cook 5 minutes or until fruit is well heated. Sprinkle with chopped Hawaiian macadamia nuts or slivered almonds.
I will admit that I cut some corners and change some things. Instead of making my own meatballs, I used frozen ones (gasp!) I needed to triple the recipe to feed all the guests, so I figured I’d save a bit of time and money by just using frozen ones. I also used canned pineapple chunks alone, instead of fresh pineapple AND papaya chunks. I also did not put nuts over the top.
Even with some corners cut and some pennies pinched, everybody loved these meatballs! With the addition of pina coladas, some delicious chicken kabobs, and some grilled pineapple, they definitely hit the spot!
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