Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Crockpot Hawaiian Meatballs

Well, look at what we have here!  A new recipe, it's a shocker I know!  We are pretty behind but I'm not worried yet.

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. 

Yum!

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? 

9 comments:

  1. I made this about a month ago - I LOVE that website! SO GOOD!

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  2. Easy peasy - I'm liking it! If I make homemade meatballs or buy them it's usually just for a traditional spaghetti & meatballs meal. I'm not very creative. ;)

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  3. Awesome dish! I have never been a huge fan of meatball but now I'm craving that sweet hawaiian sauce.

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  4. I really want to try this recipe... I am surprised that the flour didn't work to thicken the sauce...this seems like a really nice quick easy meal!! I don't think that I have ever done anything else with meatballs other than the traditional but I do LOVE meatballs!!

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  5. I love this!!! Sounds soooo easy!

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  6. Made a meatball pizza once... turned out okay. would like trying to grill pizza this summer- haven't tried that!! Yes, and maybe cornstarch would thicken sauce better.

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  7. I love me some crock pot! It's so darn easy. I'm going to have to try this one. Where do you get your frozen meatballs? Wondering if they sell them at Sam's or Costco?

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