Sunday, November 27, 2011

Meatballs with Peppers & Pineapple

The Pioneer Woman, Ree Drummond, has a blog that is awesome. I love the pictures of her Basset Hound, Charlie. I finally made my first Pioneer Woman recipe: Meatballs with Peppers & Pineapple. We loved them!

1 pound ground beef
1/2 whole onion, diced
1 egg
1/2 cup breadcrumbs
1 teaspoon salt
black pepper, to taste
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1/4 cup flour
canola oil
2 green bell peppers, seeded and diced
1 1/2 cups fresh pineapple chunks
2 cups beef broth
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1/2 cup white wine vinegar
1/3 cup sugar
1 tablespoon cornstarch
Combine ground beef, diced onion, egg, salt, pepper, breadcrumbs, and crushed red pepper. Mix with hands until combined. Roll meat mixture into small balls and place on a cookie sheet. Freeze on the pan for 15 minutes to firm.

Mix together beef stock, soy sauce, white wine vinegar, sugar, and cornstarch.
Heat canola oil over medium-high heat. Roll meatballs in flour, then fry in two batches until brown (keep moving the meatballs around to cook evenly). Remove meatballs and set aside on a separate plate. Eliott was really patient and did the two batches.

Pour off oil from pan and return pan to medium high heat. When pan is hot, throw in the chopped green peppers and cook for one minute. Add pineapple to pan and cook for one minute, stirring gently. Pour in stock/soy sauce mixture, then add meatballs. Stir gently to combine and allow to cook and bubble for a few minutes, or until sauce is thickened. Add salt and crushed red peppers to taste. We served it over basmati rice.
Here's the link to Pioneer Woman's recipe: Meatballs with Peppers & Pineapple

E: 8
A: 7
T: 7 - the two batches of meatballs slows you down a little
HH: 9 - He really liked this dish and the leftovers were even tastier

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