Aloha! Turn any dinner into a Luau by serving Waikiki Meatballs. Waikiki Meatballs have you appreciating the island fruit with this sweet and sour combination of pineapple and bell peppers.
Waikiki Meatballs are so colorful and pretty. The sweet and sour glaze really makes the colors pop. Some people add 1/2 c. sliced Maraschino cherries at the end also. I haven’t tried that.
Don’t take the easy way out by substituting pre-made meatballs from the freezer section of the grocery store. These tasty meatballs are worth taking the time to make.
Waikiki Meatballs are always a hit.
Speaking of things Hawaiian, have you ever heard of Ho’oponopono? (Pronounced ho-o-po-no-po-no.) It’s a Hawaiian practice of taking a bad situation, like you hurting someone’s feelings, or being unhappy with yourself, and simply thinking about the problem while repeating the four phrases below. (You can say them out loud or in your head.) It’s a form of corrective clearing that brings the forces of the Universe together in reconciliation and forgiveness to heal.
- 1-1/2 lb. ground beef
- 2/3 c. cracker crumbs
- 1/3 c. dried minced onion
- 1 egg
- 1-1/2 tsp. salt
- 1/4 tsp. ginger
- 1/4 c. milk
- 1 TB. shortening
- 2 TB. cornstarch
- 1/2 c. brown sugar, packed
- 1 (13-1/2 oz.) can pineapple tidbits, drained, reserve syrup
- 1/3 c. vinegar
- 1 TB. soy sauce
- 1/3 c. green bell pepper, diced
- Mix together thoroughly the ground beef, cracker crumbs, minced onion, egg, salt, ginger, and milk.
- Shape mixture by rounded tablespoons into balls.
- Melt shortening in large skillet. Brown and cook meatballs.
- Remove meatballs, keep warm; pour fat from skillet.
- Mix cornstarch and sugar in a bowl. Stir in reserved pineapple syrup, vinegar, and soy sauce until smooth. Pour into skillet. Cook over medium heat, stirring mixture until it thickens and boils. Boil and stir one minute.
- Add meatballs, pineapple tidbits, and green pepper. Heat through and serve over rice.