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Makes 4 servings of three meatballs plus 3/8 cup fruit and sauce per person.


    • 1/3 cup saltine crackers, crushed
    • 1 tablespoon minced onion
    • 1/3 cup 1% milk
    • 1 egg (or equivalent egg mix), beaten
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 12 ounces (3/4 lb.) finely ground beef

    • 1 8-ounce can pineapple chunks in juice
    • water
    • 1/2 cup 1/2"-square pieces green pepper
    • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
    • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
    • 1½ teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
    • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
    • 1 tablespoon water


1. Soak crackers and onion in milk until all milk is absorbed.

2. Beat in egg and seasonings with a fork.

3. Thoroughly mix in ground beef.

4. Form mixture into 12 balls.

5. Brown raw meatballs in hot fry pan about 10 minutes, turning frequently.

Drain pineapple, saving juice - set chunks aside.

2. Add water to reserved pineapple juice to make 3/4 cup.

3. Pour liquid over meatballs, bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer for 5 minutes.

4. Add reserved pineapple chunks and green pepper squares.

5. Mix seasonings, cornstarch and water. Stir into mixture. Cook until thickened, about 2 minutes.

Nutrition Information per serving:

    Calories 278
    Calories from fat 135
    Total Fat 15.0 g
    Saturated Fat 5.3 g
    Cholesterol 103 mg
    Sodium 293 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 16 g
    Dietary Fiber 1 g
    Sugar 1 g
    Protein 18 g
    Vitamin A 43 RE
    Vitamin C 18 mg
    Calcium 59 mg

Food & Nutrition Service, USDA

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