Hawaiian Luau Meatballs (Crock-pot)


It matters not that many years have passed.  Nor does the cross-country distance matter.
In my mind, those family Christmas dinners are etched in precious stone, and I remember them well.
My mother comes from a family of ten kids (not a typo.)  She’s affectionately known as Sister Number Four. Which means I have many, many aunties.  And countless cousins. Translation:  huge holiday gatherings.
In fact, little has changed.  Our big family holidays are still bursting with loudness and good eats. Except now all The Littles belong to me and my cousins.
The food is like no other.  A mouthwatering array of both Asian and American dishes that everyone brings to the tables (plural), until there’s no more table left…
One of my aunties is famous for bringing delectable appetizers that taste as delicious as they look. These Hawaiian Luau Meatballs remind me of such fabulous finger food.
These tender, juicy meatballs are every bit as tasty as they look.  They are the perfect balance of savory, sweet, and tangy.  Each bite delivers the succulent flavors of a Hawaiian Luau in a convenient cocktail meatball.

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 lbs ground beef
  • 1 cup dry plain bread crumbs
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tsp kosher salt
  • 4 TB orange juice
  • 2 tsp ground onion
  • 2 (13 oz) packages Campbell’s Slow Cooker Sauce (Hawaiian Luau)
  • 4 TB brown sugar

DESCRIPTION

These meatballs are the perfect blend of savory, sweet, and tangy. The flavors of a Hawaiian Luau in every bite. Tender, juicy, and crock-pot easy.

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. In a large bowl, mix together ground beef, bread crumbs, eggs, kosher salt, orange juice, and ground onion. Form into 44 meatballs; place on large baking sheets. Bake about 20 minutes at 350F.
  2. In a slow cooker, combine packages of Hawaiian Luau sauce with brown sugar. Add meatballs, thoroughly coat with sauce, and keep covered on low setting for at least 1 hour. Keep on low or warm setting, and serve meatballs warm, straight from your slow-cooker!
  3. * Note: Frozen meatballs may be used in place of making your own, but try not to use Italian flavored meatballs (the spices won’t jive as well with Asian flavors.)

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