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Polynesian Meatballs

With pretty bits of pineapple, these meatballs are sure to attract attention ... and the sweet-tart sauce brings people back for seconds. —Carol Wakley, North East, Pennsylvania
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. Cook: 15 min.
  • Makes
    about 6 dozen


  • 1 can (5 ounces) evaporated milk
  • 1/3 cup chopped onion
  • 2/3 cup crushed Saltines
  • 1 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 1-1/2 pounds lean ground beef
  • SAUCE:
  • 1 can (20 ounces) pineapple tidbits
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar


  • In a bowl, combine the milk, onion, Saltines and seasoned salt. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well. With wet hands, shape into 1-in. balls. In a large skillet over medium heat, brown meatballs in small batches, turning often. Remove with a slotted spoon and keep warm. Drain skillet.
  • Drain pineapple, reserving juice; set pineapple aside. Add enough water to juice to measure 1 cup. In a bowl, combine the cornstarch, pineapple juice mixture, vinegar, soy sauce, lemon juice and brown sugar until smooth. Add to skillet. Bring to a boil; cook and stir until thickened, about 2 minutes. Add meatballs. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 15 minutes. Add the pineapple; heat through.
Nutrition Facts
1 meatball: 37 calories, 1g fat (1g saturated fat), 9mg cholesterol, 61mg sodium, 4g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 0 fiber), 3g protein.

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  • Dee
    Apr 28, 2020

    My mother in law shared this same recipe with me about 20 yrs ago. Only thing different in her recipe is to add some chopped sweet gherkin pickles to sauce. My husband wants this every year for his birthday serves over white rice. Yummy!!

  • Nummy2
    Jul 4, 2019

    Would this recipe be ok to freeze?

  • hungryBOHO
    Jul 20, 2014

    Yummy, yum-yum-yum!!! These are great. I put them on a small bed of rice. Delicious. My family loved it and they are sometimes picky on new recipes.

  • chinadoll2008
    Jul 7, 2013

    Very tasty. Was a hit with my husband who can be very picky.

  • niceli
    Jan 2, 2012

    I like to try different recipes all the time, but keep coming back to this one when I want a great meatball dish. It's quite sweet, and particularly good when you get some crunchy bits with the meatballs. Goes over well with young and old in our house. Definitely worth trying!

  • galinthewoods
    Sep 13, 2011

    The sauce is not too sweet or too sour. It's perfect. This recipe just has a a home -cooked taste to it. It's refreshing to see a sweet and sour type recipe without the raw peppers and onions. I thinned the sauce down a little with water and served it as an entree over rice. The recipe calls for 2/3 c. crushed saltines. This is is the same as 20 crackers, crushed.

  • mikaylabateman
    Oct 12, 2010

    No comment left

  • tum-tum
    Oct 5, 2010

    Made this dish twice, once as written and once with a few changes. The first time we found it to be a bit vinegary. Second time I made 1&1/2 times the sauce (we like sauce to use on rice)but only used 1/2 cup vinegar. I also added some green pepper chunks, onions and snow peas and served it over rice. A great change of pace meal. I will make this again. THANX !!

  • rosied51
    Nov 29, 2009

    I make these meatballs whenever we have a gathering and there are never any leftovers.

  • jporter10738
    Jul 23, 2009

    These were ok. A little on the bland side though. Needed more season salt in the meatballs and the sauce was in need of some pep.