These saucy Sweet & Sour Meatballs are an easy and delicious dinner time favorite. I remember having these growing up, and they were always called “Hawaiian meatballs”. But, I've been to Hawaii several times and have never seen this on a menu there. So it all had to do with the pineapple, I'm thinking.
No matter what you call them, this classic dish is sure to please. All you need is some rice to make the meal complete. The recipe has a long list of ingredients, but don't let that scare you off. Its easy peasy to make, and not time consuming at all. While the meatballs are in the oven you can get the sauce done on the stove top.
You can make this dish with ground beef, chicken,or any other ground meat, but I like to use lean ground turkey frequently because it's a versatile, and economical source of lean protein. Turkey is also a good choice when there is a sweet element to the dish.
So, it works well for this sauce combo of ginger & sesame, along with pineapple juice, rice vinegar and a little shot of spice from the sriracha. When you bake your meatballs, the bonus is no added fat. A little tip: make double the amount of meatballs, bake, cool and freeze half to have on hand. Cooked meatballs freeze beautifully, and you will have meatballs all ready for this, or any other meatball recipe. If you're looking for more meatball recipes, try this one for Hoisin Meatballs, or these Cajun Meatballs
These sweet & sour meatballs are always a hit with kids. It's nice to make your meatballs a little on the smaller side for them. If you happen to have fresh pineapple, substitute that for the canned chunks.