luau meatballs

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~ luau meatballs ~

My friend Lisa over at Lisa’s Dinnertime Dish made a “retro” meal a few days ago, Chowmein Casserole. It looked and sounded so yummy, it got me thinking about some of my favorite retro meals…the ones that sort of take me back in time to when I was a kid. Among these are: my grandma Darling’s potato chip chicken , her chicken cacciatore, and her Swiss steak…homemade French dressing, my Papa’s potato salad, my mom’s spaghetti sauce, chicken and dumplings and porcupine meatballs…and this recipe for Hawaiian Meatballs. I actually can’t remember the first time I ate this or where I was…but it does take me back to my childhood. The little meatballs are pork, they’re fried, and using brown rice in this recipe would just wreck it. So, yeah. NOT health food. But make it and just take a bite…the time travel is worth it.

1/2 onion chopped

1 lb. ground pork

1 lb. ground chuck

1 egg

1/2 cup panko or dried bread crumbs

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1 cup flour

peanut oil

2 cups beef broth

2 Tablespoons soy sauce

1/2 cup white vinegar

1/2 cup sugar

2 Tablespoons cornstarch

sweet bell peppers in a variety of colors, coarse chopped

1 whole, fresh pineapple, cut into chunks

Sriracha

Combine the onion, pork, beef, egg, panko, salt and pepper until evenly and well mixed. Form into meatballs, place on a baking sheet and freeze for 15 minutes. Dredge in flour and fry in peanut oil until brown and crisp. Remove to a plate, and drain oil from pan. Fry up the peppers for a minute. Add the pineapple. Cook for one or two minutes more. Combine broth, soy sauce, vinegar, sugar and cornstarch well and add to the pan. Stir, simmering gently, for five minutes. Add a little Sriracha and serve over rice or egg noodles.

Enjoy!

~Melissa

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  10 comments for “luau meatballs

  1. May 9, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    I love these meatballs! I haven’t had them or chow mein casserole in the longest time. Great recipe – thanks for sharing!

    • Melissa
      May 9, 2012 at 5:00 pm

      Hello Stephanie! Glad you like it! xo

  2. May 9, 2012 at 7:25 pm

    Ah yes, I remember it well!!! This and many of the dishes you mentioned were right in line with all the treasured “family recipes” I’ve had on my mind this week… thank you! xoxoxo

    • Melissa
      May 9, 2012 at 7:41 pm

      xoxo my lovely Michele!

  3. May 10, 2012 at 7:24 am

    I love these old recipes, Melissa, they really bring you back in time! These meatballs sound awesome! My whole family would love them, so I will definitely have to make them!! Thanks for mentioning my chowmein casserole! 🙂

    • Melissa
      May 10, 2012 at 7:25 am

      glad you like the recipe Lisa! my pleasure…. thanks for the inspiration! 🙂 xo

  4. May 21, 2012 at 3:15 am

    These are some delicious looking meatballs! Love the pineapple and spice. Very different and definitely worth a try!

    • Melissa
      March 27, 2014 at 8:04 am

      THANK YOU! 🙂

  5. August 15, 2012 at 10:33 pm

    What a beautiful dish this is! And love the kick w/sriracha…flavors to die for!! xo Ally

    • Melissa
      August 16, 2012 at 12:52 am

      Thanks Ally! and thanks for inviting us all to post our retro recipes 🙂 xoxo

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