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Waikiki Meatballs


  • 1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 2/3 cup saltine cracker crumbs
  • 1/3 cup minced onions
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 (15 1/4 ounce) can pineapple tidbits in juice
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 medium green bell pepper, diced

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  1. Combine ground beef, saltine cracker crumbs, onion, milk, egg, salt and ginger in a large bowl and mix well.
  2. Shape the ground beef mixture by rounded tablespoonsful into balls.
  3. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add meatballs. Cook, turning them frequently, until cooked through and browned.
  4. Remove from skillet using a slotted spoon to a paper towel covered platter and drain.
  5. Drain pineapple, reserving 3/4 cup of juice.
  6. Combine reserved juice, brown sugar, vinegar, cornstarch and soy sauce in a small bowl; mix well. Pour into skillet.
  7. Cook the juice mixture over medium heat, stirring continually, until thickened, about 8-10 minutes.
  8. Add the meatballs, pineapple tidbits and bell pepper and mix well.
  9. Cook, stirring occasionally until heated through, about 10 minutes.
  10. Serve over rice or buttered egg noodles.

Yield: 6 servings

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