I grew up in Japan, and my Mother got this recipe from some Catholic nuns there during the 50's. It's been a family favorite ever since. If you're a vegetarian, try this sauce with vegetables only. It's wonderful that way also!

Recipe Summary

prep:
30 mins
cook:
30 mins
total:
1 hr
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 servings
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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 mixing bowl, combine the ground beef, egg, cornstarch, salt, diced onion and pepper. Form into 1 inch meatballs; about 20.

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  • In a large skillet over medium heat, brown the meatballs; drain fat and set aside.

  • Heat the oil in a large saucepan over low heat. Pour in the pineapple juice and simmer for a few minutes.

  • In a small bowl, combine the 3 tablespoons of cornstarch, soy sauce, vinegar and water. Stir until smooth and pour into the pineapple juice. Add the sugar and simmer until thickened, stirring constantly.

  • Place the meatballs, pineapple pieces, green pepper, carrot and onion into the sauce mixture. Heat thoroughly.

Nutrition Facts

341 calories; protein 14.6g; carbohydrates 37.5g; fat 15.1g; cholesterol 77.4mg; sodium 599mg. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
06/14/2007
This was great but I made it a little better. First the sauce must be a clear color and takes over the flavor of the meat. The meat also needed a little help. This is what I did. For the meatballs I added 1 TBS of Worcestershire Sauce and used 1 TBS Arrowroot instead of the other starches because there is no flavor and it is clear. For the sauce I substituted again Arrowroot for the other starch mixture for a clear and no aftertaste thickener. I also changed the 1/2 cup sugar to 1/4 cup white sugar and 1/4 cup Brown sugar and I added 1 TBS Lemon Juice for tartness. This turned out clean clear with a lot of sweet/sour flavor. My family of 62 people all home styled Chefs thought it was great. I married a Russian. Need I say more? Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
01/12/2010
These were okay I had some left over pineapple to use up so thought I'd give this recipe a try. Other than using fresh pineapple I followed the recipe and was not overly impressed. I didn't care for the consistency of the sauce. I did of course adjust it afterward but if made as written this recipe is 3 stars at best. Read More
(3)
78 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 43
  • 4 star values: 25
  • 3 star values: 8
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
06/14/2007
This was great but I made it a little better. First the sauce must be a clear color and takes over the flavor of the meat. The meat also needed a little help. This is what I did. For the meatballs I added 1 TBS of Worcestershire Sauce and used 1 TBS Arrowroot instead of the other starches because there is no flavor and it is clear. For the sauce I substituted again Arrowroot for the other starch mixture for a clear and no aftertaste thickener. I also changed the 1/2 cup sugar to 1/4 cup white sugar and 1/4 cup Brown sugar and I added 1 TBS Lemon Juice for tartness. This turned out clean clear with a lot of sweet/sour flavor. My family of 62 people all home styled Chefs thought it was great. I married a Russian. Need I say more? Read More
(40)
Rating: 4 stars
04/04/2003
This was pretty good. I did make some changes. I was leary about putting cornstarch in the meatballs so I substituted dry bread crumbs. Instead of frying the meatballs I cooked them in the oven. For the sauce I doubled the soy pineapple juice and vinegar. I replaced the fresh pineapple with red bell pepper. All and all it came out good and I also served it over rice. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/23/2003
Outstanding recipe Poni! My family loves these meatballs and the sauce is soooo good! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/08/2007
Very good recipe! My suggestions: Double the sauce ingredients if you are serving over rice. Want to cut calories? Use splenda instead of sugar. Spray Pam in pan prior to browning meatballs and omit oil prior to adding pineapple juice. If sauce is too thick for you add additional juice or water. Read More
(13)
Rating: 4 stars
04/22/2009
This is really authentic. We had it over garlic fried rice with veggie egg rolls. I didn't really care for the meatballs but I'm not really a fan even in Italian food. I did enjoy the veggies and I liked the taste of the sauce. Hubby who loves this sort of food really enjoyed it. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/19/2008
I have made this recipe twice and there is just enough sauce. The first time I doubled the sauce as others had mentioned. It made too much sauce and all we tasted was the sauce. The second time we kept the recipe as is and it was perfect. As for the meatballs I was leary about using cornstarch but I did and they were the best meatballs I tasted. They were moist delicate and just melts in your mouth. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/08/2010
Absolutely awseome! You can double the sauce as most here have suggested or use half pork half beef (that's what I did...excellent) but whatever you do make it! Your loved ones will think you've become a chef! (I know mine did.....now to live up to this..hmmmmmm) LOVED IT!! Rob Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/13/2009
I have tried other recipes and this one is my family's favorite. I always make extra for left overs too. I do add more veggies though. Always extra peppers and sometimes celery too. What ever I have that might work. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/20/2006
Great! Added chunks of pineapple to the meat prior to making the meatballs. Added just a little zest and blended great with the rest of the recipe. Served over rice. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
01/12/2010
These were okay I had some left over pineapple to use up so thought I'd give this recipe a try. Other than using fresh pineapple I followed the recipe and was not overly impressed. I didn't care for the consistency of the sauce. I did of course adjust it afterward but if made as written this recipe is 3 stars at best. Read More
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