Pineapple Meatballs

Simple and delicious – this is my kind of meal!

We love meatballs around our house and this new version I found on Blog Chef did not disappoint.

They were fabulous and are now relegated to the ranks of “make often!”

The main plus is that my kids gobbled them up (not to mention me and my husband). Fantastic!

A few notes on the recipe – I halved the recipe and it worked great. I only had a small can of pineapple so the juice I garnered from it was less than 1/4 cup (even though I needed over 1/2 a cup). I made up the difference with water and it still tasted fabulous.

What To ServeBaked Brown Rice
Steamed veggies like broccoli or peas
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Pineapple Meatballs

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Ingredients:

Meatballs:

  • 2 lbs lean ground beef or lean ground turkey
  • 2 large eggs
  • ½ cup dry breadcrumbs
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 ½ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder

Sauce:

  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 ¾ cups pineapple juice (reserved from pineapple tidbits – use water to make up the difference if you don’t have enough reserved juice)
  • ¼ cup white vinegar
  • 1 ½ tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 ½ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 (14 oz) can pineapple tidbits

Directions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Make the meatballs by combining all meatball ingredients in a large bowl. Mix well and shape into about 1” meatballs.
  2. Brown Meatballs in a non-stick frying pan and drain on paper towels (or if you want to save time brown in the oven on a cookie sheet while you’re making the sauce).
  3. Make the sauce by combining cornstarch and brown sugar in a sauce pan. Then add 1 ¾ cup pineapple juice and blend until the mixture is smooth. Add vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce and stir. Simmer uncovered on medium low until thickened (about 8 minutes – mine only took about 4 minutes to thicken).
  4. In a casserole dish pour sauce over meatballs and add pineapple tidbits. Lightly mix meatballs until they are coated with the sauce. Bake in the oven for 30-40 minutes or until fully cooked.
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Recipe Source: Blog Chef