When I think of the popular duo of pineapple and ham, my thoughts turn to Hawaii. I’ve never been to Hawaii, but Mom and Dad honeymooned there in the 50s before Hawaii joined The Union. Aloha, Hawaii! They were married August 27, 1955 (see below).
During my early years
of life, the Kiker family of 5 would watch Hawaii 5-0, a popular TV show that originally aired from 1968 – 1980. Hawaii-50 was named such because Hawaii was the 50th US state. Oh, the fabulous 50s!
So go on, strap on your coconut bra, grass skirt and lei. Get in the island spirit and make a batch of these glazed ham balls!
Book THAT, Danno!
1 pound | ground cooked ham
½ pound | ground beef
¾ cup | soft bread crumbs
½ cup | milk
¾ cup | unsweetened pineapple juice
½ cup | maple syrup
2 tablespoons | cornstarch
to serve | hot cooked rice
optional | chopped basil or parsley
ii. what to do
0. Preheat oven to 350°F.
1. Combine ham, ground beef, bread crumbs and milk; mix well.
2. Shape into eighteen 1½” meatballs.
3. Place meatballs in a 8″x8″x2″ baking dish.
4. Bake the meatballs, uncovered, in oven for 20 minutes.
5. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, combine the pineapple juice, maple syrup and cornstarch. Cook and stir until thick and bubbly.
6. Pour sauce over meatballs.
7. Bake the meatballs 20 minutes more.
8. Spoon and serve over rice. Top with chopped basil or parley, if desired, and enjoy!
Makes: 6 servings
Foodie Tips ~
♥ Mix the rice with a little snipped basil or parsley, for a burst of flavor and color.
♥ Ground ham? Unsweetened pineapple juice? Soft bread crumbs? Not at my local grocery! I was forced to use ground pork, organic pineapple juice and bread crumbs from a can. It’s all good.