Hawaiian-style meatballs in a sweet, somewhat tangy sauce.

Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
30 mins
total:
50 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 servings
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Sauce:

Directions

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  • Mix together ground beef, ginger, garlic powder, and pepper until well combined. Form into 1 1/2-inch meatballs.

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  • Saute meatballs in a large frying pan over medium-high heat until browned, about 10 minutes. Remove meatballs to a plate, reserving the pan drippings.

  • While the meatballs are cooking, pour juice from the canned pineapple into a liquid measuring cup and add enough water to make 1 cup. Mix brown sugar and cornstarch in a small bowl.

  • Add pineapple juice and brown sugar mixtures to the warm pan drippings. Add vinegar and soy sauce and bring to a boil. Cook until sauce thickens, 2 to 3 minutes. Add meatballs, pineapple chunks, and green pepper. Simmer until meatballs are no longer pink inside, about 10 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

336 calories; protein 18.8g 38% DV; carbohydrates 28g 9% DV; fat 16.5g 25% DV; cholesterol 68.1mg 23% DV; sodium 278.9mg 11% DV. Full Nutrition

Reviews (23)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
07/08/2019
Delicious new flavor of meatballs to add to our recipe rotation! I added some salt and onion powder to the meat to suit my family’s taste but otherwise followed the recipe exactly, and it was great! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
07/13/2019
Sounds disgusting Read More
27 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 15
  • 4 star values: 10
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
07/08/2019
Delicious new flavor of meatballs to add to our recipe rotation! I added some salt and onion powder to the meat to suit my family’s taste but otherwise followed the recipe exactly, and it was great! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/15/2019
My family really enjoyed this. Could easily double the meatball part to 2lbs as there is plenty of sauce. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/19/2020
The sauce was very tasty! My main reason for giving it 4 stars was the meatballs themselves were a bit dry/tasteless. I will add salt, egg and breadcrumbs in addition to the spices next time to see if this helps moisten them up a bit. I added onions to the pot as one reviewer had mentioned which I thought was an excellent suggestion! I served with rice and thought it was a tasty, well-rounded dish. It reminded me a lot of a sweet and sour dish you would get at a Chinese place but with meatballs. Bonus: now the kitchen smells amazing! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/19/2020
My husband loved this recipe!! I gave it 4 stars because I added eggs and crackers to the meatballs and seasonings because of the reviews that said the meatballs were bland. This recipe was great but needed a little work so it’s worth the small effort to make. I would call it sweet and sour meatballs. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/12/2020
It was a tad sweet so a splash of soy sauce on top made it perfect. It’s kid approved so definitely adding this to my new recipes to make. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/11/2020
The sauce was good but the flavors didn't go through the meat. I mixed the finely chopped bell peppers into the meat. I think maybe 1/2 teaspoon of salt and some soy sauce would help the flavor of the meatball. I thought I could serve them on a toothpick like a cocktail meat ball, but better over rice. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/03/2019
Great!! I m going to add 1/ 2 an onion with the green pepper next time. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
04/27/2020
I added an egg to the meatballs to bind them. I followed the recipe from there on. The meatballs desperately need salt. I would guess 1/2t. I also added broccoli and cauliflower rice. That’s how my family eats. If it weren’t for the lack of salt, I would have given it 5 stars. Sauce is very tasty. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
05/06/2020
The kids absolutely love this recipe! It's now a favorite and they even started cooking them for us. Score! Read More
Rating: 1 stars
07/13/2019
Sounds disgusting Read More