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These bite-size sweet-and-sour meatballs, drizzled with a pineapple- and soy-based sauce, make a great appetizer. Shredded carrot and finely diced pineapple keep the meatballs moist, while fresh ginger and Chinese five-spice powder amp up the flavor.

Source: EatingWell Magazine, March/April 2012

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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with foil and coat with cooking spray.

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  • Drain pineapple juice into a small bowl. Whisk in vinegar, ketchup, soy sauce, brown sugar, cornstarch and crushed red pepper. Set aside.

  • Finely chop enough pineapple to yield 1/2 cup. Press out excess moisture with paper towels. Reserve the remaining pineapple chunks for the sauce.

  • Lightly beat egg in a large bowl. Stir in carrot, scallion whites, ginger, five-spice powder, salt and the finely chopped pineapple. Add turkey and pork; gently mix to combine (do not overmix). Using a scant 1 tablespoon each, make 36 small meatballs. Bake on the prepared baking sheet until just cooked through, about 15 minutes.

  • Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add bell pepper and cook for 1 minute. Whisk the reserved juice mixture and add to the pan. Bring to a boil and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Stir in the remaining pineapple and the cooked meatballs.

  • To serve, thread a meatball and a piece of pineapple and/or pepper onto a small skewer or toothpick. Transfer to a platter, drizzle with sauce and sprinkle with scallion greens.

Tips

Make Ahead Tip: Freeze cooked meatballs in sauce airtight for up to 3 months. Defrost before reheating.

Equipment: 36 short skewers or toothpicks

People with celiac disease or gluten-sensitivity should use soy sauces that are labeled "gluten-free," as soy sauce may contain wheat or other gluten-containing sweeteners and flavors.

Nutrition Facts

1 skewer
37 calories; protein 2.9g; carbohydrates 4.1g; dietary fiber 0.3g; sugars 3.2g; fat 1.2g; saturated fat 0.3g; cholesterol 12.4mg; vitamin a iu 470.1IU; vitamin c 7.9mg; folate 5.3mcg; calcium 7.8mg; iron 0.3mg; magnesium 5mg; potassium 75.4mg; sodium 100.4mg; added sugar 1g.

1/2 lean meat

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