Moms Hawaiian BBQ Meatballs

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Try Mom’s Hawaiian BBQ Meatballs for a new twist on an old favorite. This recipe uses commercial meatballs, but you could also make up your own. It’s a great recipe to make up any day. Buy a ton of meat—use your favorite blend of beef, pork, and veal—and just keep making them. They can be frozen in to individual or family size meals and then just pulled out when you need a quick meal. You can even make the rice ahead of time and put that in with the meals, but it’s always nice to have something fresh at dinner. This dish will serve up very nicely with a slightly bitter green, like Arugula. Together, the meatballs, greens and rice (especially if you use brown, black, red or other whole grain rice) will make a filling meal for you and your family.

Meatballs have a curious history. They appear to have been a popular way to prepare meat in many cultures. The ancient Romans ground lamb in to fist-sized balls and glazed them with egg and spices. The Chinese can trace meatballs back to at least 210 BCE. The Turks have at least 50 different ways to prepare meatballs. So this particular method of food preparation is popular. It can also be done with grains and vegetables. Think about matzo balls, for example. And there are plenty of other surprising variations on this theme.

BBQ meatballs have a distinctive sweetness to the flavor, because of the pineapple, brown sugar and vinegar (use apple cider) that form part of the recipe. Potatoes do not serve up quite as well as rice does against that formulation. This recipe is one of the very few where potatoes, unless they are small and new potatoes are better left to another meal. But rice, or noodles make great complements to this dish. Try it soon.Find out how to make this recipe and many others at the website, Hidden Ponnies.

Nutrition Facts for: Moms Hawaiian BBQ Meatballs From Hidden Ponnies
Ingredients: Meatballs, salt, cornstarch, brown sugar, ketchup, white vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, crushed pineapple.
* Percentages (%) are based on a 2000 calorie diet * The entire recipe has been calculated for servings. * Per Serving: Calories 917, Calories from Fat 541, Total Fat 60.1g 92%, Saturated Fat 22.5g 113%, Cholesterol 175mg 58%, Sodium 2208mg 92%, Potassium 84mg 2%, Carbohydrates 46.7g 16%, Dietary Fiber 6.0g 24%, Sugars 16.9g, Protein 75.6g, Vitamin A 1%, Vitamin C 53%, Calcium 1%, Iron 2%

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