Wednesday, October 15, 2008

What's cooking Wednesday

I found another new lunch recipe. Granted, this one takes some planning as in defrosting some ground beef. However, it didn't take long to pull together and it was a huge hit with my kids. On reading the recipe you'll probably decide that it is a supper recipe but I like to have a hot meal for the kids at lunch time and this was easier to put together than I expected so it will likely be pulled out for lunch once in a while.

Hawaiian Meatballs


The meatball part:
1lb (500 g) medium ground beef or turkey
½ cup (125 mL) bread crumbs
¼cup (50 mL) onion, very finely chopped
1tsp (5 mL) salt
½tsp (2 mL) pepper

The Hawaiian part:
1 14oz (398 mL) can pineapple chunks
¼cup (50 mL) brown sugar
2tbsp (30 mL) cornstarch
½ tsp (2 mL) ground ginger
1tbsp (15 mL) soy sauce
3tbsp (45 mL) vinegar
1green pepper cut into large squares
1onion cut into large squares


1.In a medium bowl, combine the ground beef, egg, bread crumbs, onion, salt and pepper. Squish it all up with a fork or clean bare hands until well mixed. Form into 1-in. (2 cm) meatballs, rolling them between your hands so they’re nice and round. (Be sure to wash up immediately after this step –even small amounts of raw meat can be unsafe if accidentally ingested.) Place meatballs in a single layer on a cookie sheet and bake at 375°F (190°C) for 15 to 20 minutes, turning them over halfway through baking. Scoop the meatballs off the cookie sheet, leaving behind the fat that has seeped out of them.
2.Drain the pineapple chunks, pouring the juice into the measuring cup. Add the brown sugar, cornstarch, ginger, soy sauce and vinegar to the juice in the saucepan. Bring mixture to a simmer over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the sauce is clear and thickened. Add the cooked and drained meatballs and let them simmer in the sauce for 5 minutes. Add the green pepper, the onion and the pineapple chunks, bring to a boil and cook for about 5 minutes more. Serve over plain rice.

Sorry there is no photo. It was eaten quickly and, as I mentioned yesterday, my camera isn't cooperating.

1 comment:

Shan said...

Mmmmmm! I am making these next week!