Yesterday it was 97 degrees in Rochester so I wanted to make something in the crockpot for two reasons: so that we didn't use the oven and because we would be eating later than normal since we would be running later than normal.
I've been wanting some turkey meatballs lately and when I found this recipe I knew that is what I had to make for dinner. I made a few additions and modifications but for the most part I followed the recipe.
Crockpot Hawaiian Meatballs
24 oz (2 packages) of frozen turkey meatballs
20 oz can of pineapple chunks
2-3 cups of peppers and onions, diced
1 cup brown sugar
2 Tbs flour
2/3 cup white vinegar
2 Tbs soy sauce
I bought frozen meatballs, which is what the original recipe suggested, but I'm sure you could use homemade meatballs as well. I placed the meatballs in the bottom of my crockpot and then covered them with the diced peppers and onions. I drained the juice from the canned pineapple chunks into a bowl and poured the chunks on top of the meatballs, peppers and onions.
There are meatballs in there, I swear!
The next step was making the sauce. I mixed all of the other ingredients: brown sugar, flour, white vinegar and soy sauce into the bowl that already had the pineapple juice. I have to admit that the original recipe called for cornstarch instead of flour, but I didn't have any. I figured that flour would be an acceptable substitute.
Not bad looking!
The final step was pouring the sauce over the ingredients in the crockpot and turning it on low for 3-4 hours. We went running while it was cooking and everything was done when we finally felt like eating.
The original recipe said that the sauce would thicken but ours never did. I'm not sure if it would have if I had used cornstarch but I am definitely going to use that instead of flour next time.
Regardless, this tasted great! Mike said he would probably use more soy sauce next time, but other than that it was perfect. We put ours over brown rice and we had plenty for leftovers today!
What are some recipes you have that use meatballs?