Waikiki Meatballs

This recipe is from way back in the day! This is from my mothers college days at Central Washington University circa 1969! She made it for a family dinner a few month ago and I swooned! The sauce is the best homemade sweet and sour I’ve ever had, it may need to be a separate post! When I made it, I thought it looked rally involved for my post work, tired, sorry ass but it came together so easily! It’s a keeper!!

Waikiki Meatballs. Sweet and sour goodness with pineapple and green peppers. Serve over rice for a savory saucy dinner. Onoliscious! Small Town Girl Blog

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ lb. ground beef
  • 2/3 cup Italian breadcrumbs
  • 3 garlic cloves – minced
  • 1 egg
  • 1  tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp. ground ginger
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 2 Tbsp  Cornstarch
  • 1 can (20 oz.) pineapple tidbits. Reserve juice.
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup  apple cider vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp Aloha Shoyu (or soy sauce if you can’t find it at the store)
  • Chopped Green Pepper (your choice of amount)
  • 3 cups white rice

Time: 1 hour

Servings: 4

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Mix  beef, bread crumbs, garlic, egg, salt, ginger and milk.

Waikiki Meatballs. Sweet and sour goodness with pineapple and green peppers. Serve over rice for a savory saucy dinner. Onoliscious! Small Town Girl Blog

Shape mixture into balls and place in a baking dish.

Bake uncovered for about 30 minutes until done.

While the meatballs are cooking start the rice and  the sauce.

In a saucepan over medium heat whisk cornstarch, pineapple juice, vinegar, shoyu, and sugar until smooth. Really squeeze every last drop of pineapple juice out of the can.

Cook , stirring constantly, until mixture thickens and starts to boil.

Waikiki Meatballs. Sweet and sour goodness with pineapple and green peppers. Serve over rice for a savory saucy dinner. Onoliscious! Small Town Girl Blog

Boil and stir for 1 minute then reduce to warm.

For funsies, I added some of the pineapple, a tbsp of hoisin, and a tbsp of sesame oil but it’s not necessary. I just had them around and I can never leave well enough alone!

Once the meatballs are done, pour sauce over them,  add pineapple tidbits,  and green pepper.

Waikiki Meatballs. Sweet and sour goodness with pineapple and green peppers. Serve over rice for a savory saucy dinner. Onoliscious! Small Town Girl Blog

Bake for an additional 10 minutes so the pepper and pineapple flavors start to meld together.

Serve over rice.

Waikiki Meatballs. Sweet and sour goodness with pineapple and green peppers. Serve over rice for a savory saucy dinner. Onoliscious! Small Town Girl Blog

11 thoughts on “Waikiki Meatballs

  1. Your meatballs look so good! And I love the name too! These would be perfect for a party…although I would be tempted to eat them for dinner too!! Thanks for sharing them with us at Foodie Fridays…pinning and sharing!

  2. Well silly me. I can definitely eat these for dinner, over rice…just like the picture. It’s been a long day! But they would be good for a party too.

  3. What a tasty recipe – so pretty too! Thanks so much for sharing at Weekend Potluck. We’d just love it if you’d link back to the party within your post…it makes you eligible to be featured…and this recipe screams for attention. ;-}

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  5. I’m not a huge fan of sweet and sour sauce but this does look good! Thanks for linking up to Sweet and Savoury Sunday, stop by and link up again. Have a great day!! Laura@Baking in Pyjamas

  6. I have the original recipe card for these meat balls and have been making since 1990…. so yummy.
    We will be serving them at our upcoming wedding, easy and delish!

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