Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Happy New Year!

I can't believe Christmas has already come and gone...it went by so fast!  Do you make New Year's Resolutions?  I have made a couple this year- one being to do a better job at planning ahead meals for the week.  This makes things so much easier.  Make a menu for the week, look at the ingredients and make a grocery list.....why does this seem so hard sometimes when it really isn't?

Last night I made: The Pioneer Woman's Meatballs with Peppers and Pineapple

I'm usually not a fan of frying good- I think I have only fried maybe 5 things before in my life but these were good and easy and not greasy at all. 

Here is the recipe:


  • 1-¼ pound Ground Beef
  • ½ whole Onion, Diced Very Finely
  • 1 whole Egg
  • ½ cups Panko Bread Crumbs (I made my own in my food processor)
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • Freshly Ground Black Pepper, To Taste
  • ½ teaspoons Crushed Red Pepper, More To Taste
  • ¼ cups All-purpose Flour
  • Canola Oil, For Frying
  • 2 whole Green Bell Peppers, Seeded And Diced Roughly
  • 1-½ cup Fresh Pineapple Chunks
  • 2 cups Beef Stock Or Broth
  • 2 Tablespoons Soy Sauce
  • ½ cups Sherry Or White Wine Vinegar
  • ⅓ cups Sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon Cornstarch
  • Salt To Taste
  • Crushed Red Pepper, To Taste
  • Extra Beef Stock If Needed

Preparation Instructions

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, sherry (or vinegar), sugar, and cornstarch.
Heat canola oil over medium-high heat. Roll meatballs in flour, then fry in two batches until nice and brown, about two minutes per batch. Remove meatballs and set aside on a separate plate.
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. (Hint: this dish is yummy if it’s a little spicy.)
I served mine over brown rice and it was great!

Other items on the menu this week:
Cajun Shrimp Pasta
Beef Enchilada Casserole
Turkey Burgers with Broccoli Slaw
Roast with Veggies and a Salad

Have a good week!

1 comment:

  1. Brian and I are pumped about turkey burgers on Friday!!