Sunday, 9 October 2011

Honolulu Meatballs


This is another family favourite. Mum used to cook it when we were kids and now I cook it for my kids.

You can add other vegetables if you like, carrot is nice. I added a tin of baby corn to this lot and we weren't really thrilled with the result, so probably won't do that again. I have also replaced the meatballs (first 6 ingredients) with chicken for something a little different.

500g minced steak
1½ cups cereal*
1 small onion chopped
1 egg
1 teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon ground ginger
1 tablespoon oil
1 450g tin pineapple pieces
1 tablespoon corn flour
2 tablespoons brown sugar
⅓ cup vinegar
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 green capsicum, sliced
1 red capsicum, sliced

Combine meat, cornflakes, egg, onion, salt and ginger. Form into 20 meatballs about 1 tablespoon in each.

Heat oil and brown the meatballs quickly, then lower heat and simmer until meatballs are cooked, about 15 minutes. Remove from pan and pour away regaining fat.

Drain pineapple and measure syrup, make up to one cup with water.
Combine corn flour and sugar in a bowl, stir in syrup and water until smooth.

Add vinegar and soy sauce.

Pour into frying pan and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until mixture thickens and boils.

Return the meatballs to the frying pan with pineapple and green pepper. Heat through and serve with rice or noodles.

*The original recipe says to use cornflakes but I actually use crushed wheatbix, because we don't usually have cornflakes, All Bran is another good alternative, and in a pinch I have used Just Right a couple of times -  picked out all the sultanas and stuff the first time I did it, but never bothered again, it was still fine!

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  1. Yummo! I love meatballs but I've never tried them with a sweet sauce like that. Sounds delicious.

  2. Yummy!!! sounds mom was born and raised in hawaii and never maid meatballs that were are good as this sounds.

  3. Sounds delish. I might try it out on my lot. Was lovely to finally meet you. Sorry we didn't get a chance to chat.It was such a lovely way to spend and afternoon. x


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