Pineapple Meatballs

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Why I Love This Recipe

RECIPE BY: Lennie,

"This is a family favourite; my teenage son eats at least 2 servings himself. Cooking time includes the browning of the meatballs, although you can brown them in the oven on a cookie sheet and make the sauce at the same time, saving yourself a little time."

** photo by the food pornographer on flickr.

Ingredients You'll Need

2 lbs lean ground beef
2 large egg
1/2 cup fine dry breadcrumb
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 1/2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1 cup packed brown sugar
3 tablespoons cornstarch
1 3/4 cups reserved pineapple juice, plus water if necessary to measure (it will be)
1/4 cup white vinegar
1 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 1/2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1 (14 ounce) can pineapple tidbit, juice drained and reserved (see above)


* 1 (14 ounce) can pineapple tidbit, juice drained and reserved (see above)


1. Preheat oven to 350F degrees.

2. First, make the meatballs: combine all meatball ingredients (there's 7, beef to garlic powder) in a bowl and mix well; shape into 1-inch balls.

3. Brown them in a nonstick frying pan (I do it in 3 batches) until browned all over; drain on paper towel then place in a large ungreased casserole dish.

4. To make sauce, combine brown sugar and cornstarch in a large saucepan, then whisk in the 1-3/4 cup pineapple juice/water combination until mixture is smooth.

5. Add vinegar, soy sauce and worcestershire sauce; stir.

6. Simmer, uncovered, on medium-low heat for about 8 minutes, or until thickened.

7. Pour sauce over meatballs and add pineapple tidbits; stir gently to combine until meatballs are coated with sauce.

8. Bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes.

9. If you want a lot, this recipe doubles well.

** photo by the food pornographer on flickr.

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