Sweet-Sour Meatballs Oriental

         Yield: 4 Servings
Categories: Hamburger, Beef, Chinese

1 cn (20 oz) pineapple chunks Packed in juice 1 lb Lean ground beef 1 lg Egg 1 c Fresh bread crumbs, about 2 slices bread 3/4 ts Salt 1/2 ts Ground ginger 2 tb Vegetable oil 3 md Scallions, cut into 1" Pieces,about 3/4 cups 1 cl Garlic, crushed 2 ts Cornstarch 2 tb Cider vinegar 1 tb Light brown sugar, firmly Packed 1/4 ts Ground red cayenne pepper 4 oz Fresh Chinese pea pods OR 6 oz Frozen pea pods, thawed Drain pineapple well,reserving 3/4 cup juice;set aside.In a large bowl,combine beef,egg,bread crumbs,salt and ginger;using hands or wooden spoon,blend well.Shape mixture into 1 1/4" balls.In 12" skillet over medium-high heat,heat oil;add meatballs;cook about 12 minutes, turning frequently until well browned on all sides.Using slotted spoon, remove to plate.To drippings in skillet,add scallions and garlic;cook, still over medium-high heat,about 5 minutes,stirring frequently until tender-crisp.In small bowl,stir reserved pineapple juice into cornstarch until blended and smooth;add to skillet along with vinegar,sugar and ground red pepper.Increase heat to high;bring to a boil,stirring.Boil 1 minute.Return meatballs to skillet along with pineapple chunks and pea pods;cook 3 to 5 minutes longer until heated through and pea pods are crisp-tender.Makes 4 servings.