Meatballs with a Tropical Flair

by Michele Pesula Kuegler | January 6th, 2009 | Appetizers, Recipes, Tapas Monday

fetchpriority=”high” decoding=”async” class=”alignright size-medium wp-image-461″ style=”margin: 5px; float: right;” title=”hana-sunrise-2″ src=”×300.jpg” alt=”” height=”300″ width=”225″>On a recent Friday night, the weather was determined to make it a stay-at-home sort of night.  With snowfall beginning at 2:00 in the afternoon and forecasts calling for up to a foot of snow, it was the perfect night for some yummy homemade food.  With no children at home for the night, there were no wrinkled noses to consider when planning the menu.

Although cold, snowy weather usually brings out the desire to make soup, it was a Friday night, which makes me crave fun food, such as munchies.  Wanting to pretend that there wasn’t a snowstorm raging outside our windows and walls, I thought making a dish with a hint of Hawaii might help.  Combining Hawaii and ground beef available in our refrigerator led to the creation of these meatballs.

Served in a sauce of crushed pineapple, there were many flavors to savor with these meatballs.  Accompanied by a pina colada or tropical martini, these meatballs will make you think you are on the beach of a tropical island, not riding out a chilly winter storm.

Meatballs with a Tropical Flair


  1. 1 pound lean ground beef
  2. 1/2 cup crushed round crackers (I used Ritz)
  3. 1/3 cup yellow onion, minced
  4. 1 egg white
  5. 1/4 cup skim milk
  6. 2 tsp. ground ginger
  7. 1/4 tsp. salt
  8. 15 oz. can crushed pineapple
  9. 1-1/2 Tb. cornstarch
  10. 1/3 cup light brown sugar
  11. 1/3 cup white vinegar
  12. 2 tsp. soy sauce
  13. 1/3 cup red pepper, chopped
  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. Combine beef, cracker crumbs, onion, egg white, milk, ginger and salt in a large bowl.
  3. Mix well. Form into walnut-sized meatballs.
  4. Place meatballs on rimmed baking sheet, and bake for 15 minutes, or until cooked thoroughly.
  5. Drain pineapple juice into a small bowl, and set aside crushed pineapple.
  6. Add cornstarch, brown sugar, vinegar, and soy sauce, and whisk until smooth.
  7. Pour into a skillet over medium heat, and stir constantly until boiling.
  8. When sauce thickens, add reserved pineapple, red pepper, and meatballs.
  9. Heat thoroughly.
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