Thursday, February 19, 2015

Hawaiian Meatballs - a real treat- a small trip to Paradise

Yes, I'm from Hawaii and love pineapple. When I decided to add  crushed pineapple to some lean, ground beef, oh joy! Major delicious. I love rice, too. Any type of rice! Making a fruity sauce to drizzle over the meatballs and rice is pure heaven. So here's how to make these bad boys:

1 can - 8 oz crushed pineapple in juice, divided
1 cup barbecue sauce
1 pound ground round beef (85% lean) grass-fed pastured2-1/4 cups instant brown rice, uncooked,divided 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper PAM® Original No-Stick Cooking Spray or extra-virgin olive oil

  • Stir together half the pineapple and 3/4 cup barbecue sauce in small bowl; set aside.
  • Mix remaining pineapple, remaining 1/4 cup barbecue sauce, beef, 1/4 cup rice, salt and pepper in large bowl until well blended. Shape mixture into 24 meatballs, about 1-1/4 inches each. Place in large skillet sprayed with cooking spray; spoon sauce mixture over meatballs.
  • Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Stir gently and cover. Reduce heat to medium-low; simmer 16 to 18 minutes or until meatballs are cooked through (160°F).
  • Meanwhile, prepare remaining 2 cups rice according to package directions, omitting salt and butter and adding bell pepper. Serve meatballs and sauce over rice.

  • So, defrost or buy some really good ground beef, crushed pineapple and make yourself a treat. You're probably staring at a lot of white stuff and need a mental trip to the tropics. Just the yellow color of the pineapple will cheer you up. :)

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