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Sweet and Tangy Meatballs

Convenience items, including bottled barbecue sauce and canned pineapple and cranberry sauce, speed preparation of this sweet and tangy main dish. It's a snap to throw together, yet tastes like it took a lot of work. My family loves its Hawaiian flavor. -Nancy Decker, Lemoore Navel Air Station, California
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Cook: 25 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 1/4 cup egg substitute
  • 2 tablespoons fat-free milk
  • 1 cup seasoned bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons chopped onion
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened pineapple juice
  • 1/2 cup barbecue sauce
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 cup whole-berry cranberry sauce
  • 6 unsweetened pineapple slices
  • 6 green pepper rings
  • Hot cooked rice


  • In a large bowl, combine egg substitute and milk. Stir in the crumbs, onion and pepper. Add beef and mix well. Shape into 36 balls, about 1 in. each.
  • In a large skillet coated with cooking spray, brown meatballs; drain if necessary. Combine the cornstarch, pineapple juice, barbecue sauce and water until smooth; stir in cranberry sauce.
  • Pour over meatballs. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Reduce heat; top with pineapple and green pepper.
  • Cover and simmer 10 minutes or until meatballs are no longer pink. Serve with rice.
Nutrition Facts
6 each: 338 calories, 8g fat (3g saturated fat), 47mg cholesterol, 556mg sodium, 48g carbohydrate (25g sugars, 2g fiber), 19g protein.

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  • Tsmith55
    Oct 31, 2014

    My family said it was good, but I have "better" meatball recipes. It tasted a bit too much like the barbecue sauce for my taste, thereby diminishing the homemade appeal. It's nice to try new things, and it was true to the claims of quick, easy and tasty. It just wasn't our favorite.

  • tootsiebelly
    May 26, 2013

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  • sinangel24
    Jan 8, 2013

    nice to try new things

  • DHoff
    Dec 24, 2012

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  • BakinGymnast
    Apr 22, 2012

    Very good! Tastes like something you'd order at a restaurant!

  • Jdenjerelle
    Dec 23, 2009

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  • Joscy
    Mar 10, 2009

    Made for dinner last night, and, since I had everything in, it was easy to put together.

  • WJSymons
    Jan 11, 2009

    This IS a great recipe. It's even easier and faster by using store-bought frozen meatballs (beef or chicken). This meal can be put together in a very short time. Excellent!

  • Stacey3978
    Oct 9, 2008

    Delicious! Easy to prepare and my family (including two picky eaters ages 2 & 4) loved it. Yumm...can't wait to make this one again!

  • mdcopper
    Jul 24, 2006

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