Beef meatballs flavored with ground ginger, simmered in a sweet pineapple sauce.

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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a large bowl, combine ground beef, cracker crumbs, onion, egg, milk, ginger and salt. Shape mixture by rounded tablespoonfuls into meatballs.

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  • Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Place meatballs in skillet and cook until evenly brown, and meat is no longer pink. Drain excess fat.

  • In a small bowl, combine the cornstarch, brown sugar, reserved pineapple juice, vinegar and soy sauce. Mix until smooth, then pour into the skillet with meatballs. Cook, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens and boils, about 5 minutes. Stir in the green pepper and pineapple chunks. Heat through.

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Nutrition Facts

441.9 calories; 21.6 g protein; 39.6 g carbohydrates; 101.5 mg cholesterol; 515.8 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
02/02/2004
I have had this recipe in my collection for years, and have made it a million times. My family loves it. Here are a few tips to cut the prep time: Oven bake the meatballs at 350 degrees for 20 minutes on a foil lined broiler pan. The fat melts off, and the meatballs stay firm, instead of crumbling apart. Cuts down on calories and fat, and improves the taste. Also, when making the sauce, just dump all the ingredients in a saucepan at the same time, and whisk the heck out of it. No lumps, and cuts down on dishes. Enjoy! We love this recipe! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
01/03/2011
These meatballs were pretty mild tasting. They were O.K. but they needed something extra to spice them up a bit. Read More
(11)
512 Ratings
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  • 4 star values: 141
  • 3 star values: 36
  • 2 star values: 12
  • 1 star values: 9
Rating: 5 stars
02/02/2004
I have had this recipe in my collection for years, and have made it a million times. My family loves it. Here are a few tips to cut the prep time: Oven bake the meatballs at 350 degrees for 20 minutes on a foil lined broiler pan. The fat melts off, and the meatballs stay firm, instead of crumbling apart. Cuts down on calories and fat, and improves the taste. Also, when making the sauce, just dump all the ingredients in a saucepan at the same time, and whisk the heck out of it. No lumps, and cuts down on dishes. Enjoy! We love this recipe! Read More
(423)
Rating: 5 stars
12/29/2003
The only thing that I do differently after having been making this recipe for several years is that instead of cooking the meatballs on the stove, I put them on a cookie sheet and cook them in the oven at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes. Much less messy, and faster too. I can cook the meatballs in the oven while I do the sauce on the stovetop. Plus, my meatballs never fall apart this way! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/01/2005
I make this alot. It is a BETTY CROCKER ORIGINAL.... It is highly requested for parties I attend. I cook the meatballs in the oven 350 for 20 min, then double the sauce and mix it all in the crockpot. Keep on low, and stir occasionally. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/23/2003
A big hit! I made a few changes and used fresh bread crumbs instead of crackers and some cilantro for the meatballs. I used less sugar for the sauce and red peppers instead of green. No leftovers! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/06/2006
These were delicious. I made some changes: I used ground turkey instead of ground beef I used reduced-fat ritz crackers instead of saltines like some other people I baked mine in a 350F oven for 20 mins then I added them to the sauce I added 1/2 of a red pepper and more green pepper I used fresh ginger instead of ground and all I had was a 20 oz can of pineapple chunks so I used almost all of that. I also cut down a tiny bit on the sugar. Everyone loved them...I served them over brown rice. Thanks! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/06/2006
First of all we added coarsely chopped onion red pepper yellow pepper green pepper and a sliced carrot. Then we just used 1lb of ground pork for the balls. We used bread crumbs instead of crackers and we used fresh grated ginger instead of the powdered. The meatballs were great. Our sauce turned out a little bland although we still had plenty of sauce with the additions. Next time we will do everything the same except add extra soy sauce and some red pepper flake to kick it up. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/21/2010
My family loves this with chicken (cubed or whole boneless skinless breasts) ground turkey TVP and my hubby likes it with ground beef:) To the sauce I add red pepper green onions garlic powder ginger use 1/4 cup lemon juice instead of vinegar 1/4 cup br. sugar & 2 tbsp honey. And it was awesome just as it was written as well! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/01/2007
I really liked these. I did bake them like other reviewers suggested on 350 for about 20 minutes then broiled them to get just a little more color on top. I also used fresh ginger that I grated instead of ground ginger. Hubby said that the meatballs were delicious but the sauce was only o.k. I loved the sauce. Was a little afraid that it would be too sweet after reading some of the reviews but I guess we like sweet. I will definately make again very easy. Thanks for the post. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/14/2007
Easy but only 4 stars for taste. The sauce was tangy and sweet but the meatballs were fairly bland. The ginger added a nice dimension but was not enough to save the meatballs from mediocrity. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
01/03/2011
These meatballs were pretty mild tasting. They were O.K. but they needed something extra to spice them up a bit. Read More
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