Meatballs with Pepper & Pineapple

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I rarely make Pioneer Woman recipes. I usually like the concept of her recipes but they don't always appeal to me. This recipe was different. It sounded like a neat combination between a meatball and teriyaki style dish.

(photo updated 9/9/12)


Meatballs with Peppers and Pineapple
Source: The Pioneer Woman
Servings: 4
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Ingredients:
    • 1 lb. ground beef
    • 1 small onion, diced
    • 1 egg
    • 1/2 cup Panko breadcrumbs
    • 1 tsp. garlic powder
    • 1 tsp. crushed red pepper
    • 2 green peppers, sliced
    • 1 14 oz. can pineapple chunks, drained
    • 2 cups beef broth
    • 1/2 cup white wine vinegar
    • 1/2 cup sugar
    • 2 tbs. soy sauce
    • 1 tsp. cornstarch
    • 2 cups cooked brown rice
    • all purpose flour for coating
    • Vegetable oil for frying
    • salt and pepper to taste

Directions:
1. Combine the ground beef, onion, egg, breadcrumbs, garlic powder, crushed red pepper and salt and pepper together. Form into meatballs and place on a cookie sheet. Refrigerate for 20 minutes to chill.
2. In a large bowl, combine the beef stock, white wine vinegar, soy sauce, sugar and cornstarch. Whisk until the cornstarch is completely incorporated.
3. Heat the vegetable oil in a large skillet. Roll the meatballs in the all purpose flour to get a light coating. Fry the meatballs in batches, about 3 minutes each, but it depends on the size of the meatball. Transfer to a plate towel lined plate.
4. Pour off the oil from the pan and return to medium heat. Add the green peppers and pineapple and cook for 2 minutes. Add the rice to the pan and cook for 5 minutes, stirring frequently so it doesn't stick.
5. Add the marinade and meatballs to the pan. Cook a few minutes long until the sauce has thickened up. Add salt, pepper and extra crushed red pepper to taste.

I thought these turned out really well. I made a few changes to the recipe, adding garlic powder to the meatballs and lightly frying the rice instead of just serving the meat and vegetables over it. I don't think the flavor would have been as strong or there would have been enough of the sauce had I just poured it over the rice. The only change I would make is next time I'm going to bake the meatballs instead of frying them. 

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