Hawaiian Meatballs: Healthy Dinner or Elegant Appetizer

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 Hawaiian_Meatballs

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs ground beef
  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • ¼ crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 tbsp fresh ginger, minced
  • 2 tsp garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 yellow pepper, chopped
  • 1 red pepper, chopped
  • 1 green pepper, chopped
  • 1 cup pineapple chunks
  • 1/3 cup sherry cooking wine
  • 3 tbsp coconut aminos (or soy sauce)
  • 1/3 cup honey, coconut sugar or
  • 2 cups beef stock
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • Green onions for garnish

Directions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees
  2. Combine beef, onions, egg, salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, 1 tbsp ginger and 1 tbsp garlic. Mix with hands until well combined. Using a small ice cream scoop, roll equal sized meatballs, and place on a lined baking sheet.
  3. Pour ½ cup beef stock over meatballs and back 12-15 minutes until golden brown.
  4. While the meatballs bake, heal olive oil in a pan on medium-high heat. Heat garlic and ginger for 1-2 minutes. Mix in peppers and sauté until soft. Add pineapple and cook until it begins to caramelize.
  5. Deglaze pan with sherry and coconut aminos.
  6. Sprinkle with sugar and mix until sugar is dissolved.
  7. In a small bowl or glass-measuring cup, mix together 1 cup beef stock and 1 tbsp cornstarch until dissolved. Mix into pan and allow sauce to thicken. Season with salt, pepper and red pepper flakes to taste.
  8. Serve with white rice and garnish with green onions.
  9. If you are planning to serve this as an appetizer, skewer each meatball,  dip into the sauce and place on a decorative platter.   Serve warm and watch them disappear.

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