Meals of the Week – Teriyaki Pineapple Meatballs

Some weeks you have a freezer full of meat to use, other weeks the grocery store has great deals and then there are these weeks. This week I had a few things of mince in the freezer and some sausages and no good deals at the store. These weeks though force me to step away from my usual meals and through in something like fish pie or when Mr. H is working late just have a vague idea and decide when I am ready to cook.

Monday – Chow Faux Mein

Tuesday – Something with rice

Wednesday – Fish Pie

Thursday – Baked Potato Soup

Friday – Nachos

Saturday – Danish Sausages, Mash with Lingonberry

Sunday – Lasagna and Garlic Bread

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Teriyaki Pineapple Meatballs

Now that I am writing this up and I am sad this is not on the menu this week! Whenever I have a lone egg in the fridge I usually mark it for some meatballs, and as it happened when I went to make these the first time I also had some crushed pineapple needing to be used so I added it on a whim and it actually made the dish!

Ingredients:

Meatballs:

1 lb ground meat – I used beef but I think turkey would be really good

1 egg

Breadcrumbs – about 1/2 cup

1 garlic clove minced

1 tsp ground ginger

salt and pepper

1 tsp soy sauce

pinch of red pepper flakes

Teriyaki Pineapple Sauce:

1/4 cup soy sauce

1 cup water

1 tsp fresh grated ginger

3 tbsp brown sugar

1 minced garlic clove

2 tbsp corn starch dissolved in 1/4 cup cold water

1 cup crushed pineapple – if you do not want pineapple pieces you could just use 1 cup pineapple juice

What to do:

Combine meatball ingredients in a mixing bowl. Scoop into balls and place on a lined baking sheet. Bake for about 15 minutes at 180 C.

While the meatballs are baking combine water, soy sauce, brown sugar, garlic, pineapple and ginger in a pan, bring to a boil stirring constantly.

Add corn starch mixture to pan.

Continue stirring while the sauce thickens.

Add the mostly cooked meatballs to the sauce covering them and let simmer till fully cooked and infused with sauce.

Serve over rice or noodles.

Meals on Monday – Meatballs in Sweden

On Friday my mom and grandma arrive so this week I am really focused on that and not so much dinner but this what I have so far

Sunday –

Dinner – Salmon with Garlic and Parsley Pappardelle

Monday

Dinner – Meatballs and Spaghetti – See Below

Tuesday

Dinner – Roast Chicken with Rice and Gravy (never got to it last week)

Wednesday

Dinner – Pork Chop with French Fries and Cole Slaw

Thursday

Dinner – Not planned yet since we will be doing a big shop for our house guests

Friday

Dinner – Whatever my mom and grandma want but I think pizza since it is fast and easy to order

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Meatballs are a big part of the Swedish cuisine but in my 9 months of living in Sweden and almost four years of living with a Swede I have never seen them eaten the ubiquitous Lean Cuisine way with egg noodles and a creamy white sauce.

There are few common ways besides being on a holiday smörgåsbord table.

One being as shown below:

This is from a trip to IKEA, my husband loves the plain boiled potato whereas I prefer mashed.

What he really loves though is the meatballs served with a side of spaghetti noodles.

Yes, this is my husbands favorite. Plain spaghetti noodles topped with ketchup and mustard. The first time he said he was going to eat this I thought he surely was joking but no this is a real thing in Sweden. I am happy to oblige as it is an easy meal for me to prepare but I just cannot get behind eating it myself.

So when Mr.H is craving this childhood favorite I use soy sauce and sriracha to dress my noodles. And funnily enough what seemed like a logical combination from my childhood Mr. H was baffled by the first time he saw me eat it.

What is your favorite way to eat meatballs?