I found a recipe on Pinterest for Hawaiian Meatballs and the recipe called for "frozen meatballs"... well, I decided I could make some just as easy so I searched around and found a recipe for meatballs that looked good! So let me share the recipe first and then some photos.
- 2 pounds extra lean ground beef (I used 1 lb 85% lean and 1 lb 90% lean)
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 small onion, diced
- 3-5 garlic cloves, minced
- 3 teaspoons Italian seasoning
- 1.5 teaspoon dried oregano
- 3/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 1 cup seasoned bread crumbs
Preheat your oven to 400º F (200º C). Place the beef in a mixing bowl and add salt, onion, garlic, Italian seasoning, oregano, red pepper flakes, and Worcestershire sauce. Mix well.
Add the egg, Parmesan cheese and breadcrumbs. Mix until evenly blended. I find the mixing easier to do with my hands than to try and mix with a spoon. Once mixed, form into 1 1/2" meatballs and place on a baking sheet. Hindsight for this recipe, there was too much Italian seasoning so I'd reduce that and I'd spray the baking sheet with PAM beforehand.
Bake in the preheated oven until no longer pink in the middle. About 25-30 minutes. While these are baking, its time to make the rest of our recipe.
- 13.5 oz can of unsweetened pineapple chunks (put juice aside)
- 1 large green pepper, diced
- 1 cup of brown sugar
- 2 Tbl. cornstarch
- 2/3 cup of vinegar
- 2 Tbl. Soy sauce
Drain pineapple juice into a bowl and set aside. In another bowl, mix pineapple and green peppers. I will try fresh pineapple next time with some canned juice. In your pineapple juice, add the remaining ingredients and mix well.
Once your meatballs are done, place them in your crockpot and top with the pineapple and green peppers. Pour your sauce over the top, put the lid on and set it on low.
After a couple of hours, I stirred it up. We actually had this the next day, so I put it in the fridge and then placed it back in the crockpot on low as we walked out the door. Its done in 4 hours, but doesn't really hurt to let it set all day. Serve over white rice!
I'm not sure how accurate this is, but this should be for 4 meatballs, 1/2 cup of rice and about 1/7th of the sauce stuff!