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Pineapple Meatballs

This recipe is from a friend of mine. She gave me this recipe for Pineapple Meatballs over 30 years ago when I lived in Yellowknife NWT!The recipe is written on a small piece of paper with kind of cryptic instructions but I have figured it out & they are delicious !

The meatballs are cooked separately then added to the pineapple sauce. It is a pretty quick recipe. I served this with brown rice & roasted broccoli. While the rice was cooking I fried up the meatballs & cooked the sauce at the same time. So all in all, maybe it took an hour…but that is giving a big window of time. The sauce cooked up in 5-7 minutes, the rice 35 minutes, broccoli only 10 minutes in a hot oven & the meatballs maybe 20 minutes, so the longest cook time was the rice. After the meatballs were cooked completely,, I added them to the sauce, put it on a low simmer atop stay warm until we were ready to eat!

Here is the recipe


1 pound ground beef

2 tablespoons dry bread crumbs

1 tsp garlic powder

1/2 tsp onion powder

1 tsp salt


1 egg, beaten

2 tbsp canola oil

Sauce Ingredients

1 red pepper, cut in chunks

1 tbsp canola oil

1 can of pineapple tidbits, drained RESERVE THE JUICE FROM THE PINEAPPLE!!!

2 tbsp corn starch

1/4 cup brown sugar

1/4 cup vinegar

2 tbsp soya sauce

1/2 cup water


  1. Mix the ground beef with the bread crumbs, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, pepper & egg. Combine well
  2. In a frying pan, heat the oil.
  3. Form the ground beef mixture into meatballs, flatten them slightly as they cook a bit quicker this way.Turning them once until they completely cooked
  4. In a medium size sauce pan, sauté the red pepper in the 1 tbsp oil until softened. Lower the heat to a medium/low heat
  5. Add the drained pineapple, brown sugar vinegar & soya sauce, mix well
  6. In a separate bowl, combine the reserved pineapple juice & corn starch mixing with a whisk or fork.
  7. Add this pineapple/cornstarch to the saucepan. Stirring often until the sauce begins to thicken
  8. Add the 1/2 cup of water to thin the sauce out, stir well
  9. Add the cooked meatballs to the sauce. Gently stir the meatballs into the pineapple sauce. Simmer for a few minutes to combine the flavours & let the meatballs get nicely coated with the sauce

Serve with rice