Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Waikiki Meatballs

Good afternoon Bloggers! We are taking a trip to Hawaii with the fabulous recipe that I have for you all. Please note, if you have a fruit allergy to items such as pineapple, this dish may not be for you. Unfortunately, I as well, cannot eat this dish, but it won't stop me from sharing it with you. Here's a bit of trivia before we begin this recipe. The record for the world's largest meatball was set many times in 2009. The first set was in Mexico. The meatball wrighed 109 pounds. A month later, in Los Angeles, Jimmy Kimmel helped het the record at 198.6 pounds (Holy Moly!). Finally, in Concord, New Hampshire, the record was finally broken, with the meatball weighing in at 222.5 pounds! That's amazing isn't it? Well, now that we've had some fun trivia, let's get cooking!

Waikiki Meatballs

You will need:

  • 1.5 pounds ground beef
  • 2/3 cup crushed saltine cracker crumbs
  • 1/3 cup minced onion
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1.5 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil 
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 (15 ounce) can pineapple chunks, drained, with juice reserved
  • 1/3 cup white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1/3 cup chopped green bell pepper

Let's do this! 

  1. In a large bowl, combine the ground beef, cracker crumbs, onion, egg, milk, ginger and salt. 
  2. Shape the mixture by rounding tablespoonfuls into meatballs. 
  3. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. 
  4. Place meatballs in skillet and cook until evenly brown, and meat is no longer pink, then drain the excess fat. 
  5. In a small bowl, combine the cornstarch, brown sugar, reserved pineapple juice, vinegar and soy sauce. 
  6. Mix until smooth, then pour into the skillet with meatballs. 
  7. Cook, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens and boils, about 5 minutes. Stir in the green pepper and pineapple chunks. 
  8. Heat through.
  9. Serve on your favorite rice and enjoy!

I hope you all have a great day. Enjoy this dish, share it, and I'll catch you all on the flip side. Happy blogging to all! <3