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Sweet and Tangy Meatballs Recipe

Sweet and Tangy Meatballs Recipe

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. YIELD: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


  • 1. 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.
  • 2. 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.
  • 3. Pour over meatballs. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Reduce heat; top with pineapple and green pepper.
  • 4. Cover and simmer 10 minutes or until meatballs are no longer pink. Serve with rice. Yield: 6 servings.

Nutritional 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 User ID: 3710697 77409
Reviewed 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."

sinangel24 User ID: 7077236 93500
Reviewed Jan. 8, 2013

"nice to try new things"

BakinGymnast User ID: 5767825 52494
Reviewed Apr. 22, 2012

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

Joscy User ID: 2694585 78716
Reviewed Mar. 10, 2009

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

WJSymons User ID: 2585705 30272
Reviewed 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 User ID: 3389886 93491
Reviewed 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!"

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