Saturday, October 4, 2014

Saturday Recipe

I am not a big fan of meatballs but these looked as if they would make a good starter or cocktail bite. Being pork and turkey they should be very flavourful.

Sweet and Sour Meatballs

WebMD Recipe from

Sweet & Sour Meatballs
These bite-size sweet-and-sour meatballs, drizzled with a pineapple- and soy-based sauce, make a great appetizer. Shredded carrot and finely diced pineapple keep the meatballs moist, while fresh ginger and Chinese five-spice powder amp up the flavour.


  • 1   20-ounce can pineapple chunks
  • 3   tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 2   tablespoons ketchup
  • 2   tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1   tablespoon brown sugar
  • 2   teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1/4   teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1    large egg
  • 1   medium carrot, shredded
  • 1/4   cup finely chopped scallion whites
  • 2   tablespoons minced fresh ginger
  • 1 1/2   teaspoons Chinese five-spice powder
  • 3/4   teaspoon salt
  • 8   ounces ground turkey breast
  • 8   ounces ground pork
  • 2   teaspoons canola oil
  • 1    large red bell pepper, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1/2   cup sliced scallion greens
  1. Preheat oven to 450°F. Line a baking sheet with foil and coat with cooking spray.
  2. Drain pineapple juice into a small bowl. Whisk in vinegar, ketchup, soy sauce, brown sugar, cornstarch and crushed red pepper. Set aside.
  3. Finely chop enough pineapple to yield 1/2 cup. Press out excess moisture with paper towels. Reserve the remaining pineapple chunks for the sauce.
  4. Lightly beat egg in a large bowl. Stir in carrot, scallion whites, ginger, five-spice powder, salt and the finely chopped pineapple. Add turkey and pork; gently mix to combine (do not overmix). Using a scant 1 tablespoon each, make 36 small meatballs. Bake on the prepared baking sheet until just cooked through, about 15 minutes.
  5. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add bell pepper and cook for 1 minute. Whisk the reserved juice mixture and add to the pan. Bring to a boil and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Stir in the remaining pineapple and the cooked meatballs.
  6. To serve, thread a meatball and a piece of pineapple and/or pepper onto a small skewer or toothpick. Transfer to a platter, drizzle with sauce and sprinkle with scallion greens.
Have a great weekend


  1. I love meat balls. These sound delicious!

    1. As I said, I don't love them, but do think these sound good.

  2. Pineapple is an interesting addition Jo. I've always liked pineapple on ham pizzas so I'm sure they go with meatballs perfectly.

    1. We eat pineapple with ham steaks so I agree with you Pinky.

  3. My guys like meatballs. I just don't make them very often. These meatballs look good.