Waikiki-Style Meatballs

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These sweet and sour meatballs are always a hit at parties. My mom sometimes takes shortcuts and uses pre-made meatballs from a bag, which, after spending a few hours in the slow cooker, taste fine. I like these best when they are made completely from scratch! Ground turkey works too, but doesn't hold its shape as well. To turn into a meal, heat rice to serve with the dish. The serving size refers to this dish as a main meal, but when served as an hors d'oeuvre, easily can feed 10 to 13 people. Sometimes I do not add the cornstarch into the sauce, and just allow it to boil for a bit longer, but the cornstarch really does yield the best result.

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Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
3 hrs 30 mins
Total Time:
3 hrs 45 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ pounds ground beef

  • cup plain breadcrumbs

  • cup minced onion

  • ¼ cup milk

  • 1 egg

  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt

  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch

  • ½ cup brown sugar

  • 1 (15 ounce) can pineapple chunks, juice reserved

  • cup vinegar

  • cup chopped green bell pepper

Directions

  1. Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  2. Thoroughly mix the ground beef, bread crumbs, onion, milk, egg, and salt together in a bowl. Roll the mixture into balls and arrange onto a baking sheet.

  3. Bake in the preheated oven until the meatballs are browned on the bottom, about 25 minutes. Transfer to a slow cooker.

  4. Stir the cornstarch and brown sugar together in the bottom of a saucepan and place over low heat. Add the reserved pineapple juice and vinegar; stir until smooth. Bring the mixture to a boil for 1 full minute before removing from heat; pour over the meatballs in the slow cooker.

  5. Add the pineapple chunks and green bell pepper to the slow cooker.

  6. Cook the mixture in the slow cooker on Low until the flavors are thoroughly combined, 3 to 4 hours.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

393 Calories
15g Fat
42g Carbs
23g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 393
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 15g 19%
Saturated Fat 6g 29%
Cholesterol 101mg 34%
Sodium 757mg 33%
Total Carbohydrate 42g 15%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Total Sugars 30g
Protein 23g
Vitamin C 14mg 70%
Calcium 76mg 6%
Iron 3mg 17%
Potassium 421mg 9%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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