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Sweet and Sour Pork Meatballs

Sweet and Sour Pork Meatballs

Preparation time: 25 minutes

Cooking time: 6 hours and 20 minutes

Makes: 4 to 6 servings

1 lb (500 g) lean ground pork
1/4 cup (60 mL) bread crumbs
1 large egg, beaten
2 teaspoons (10 mL) grated fresh ginger
1 garlic clove, minced
1/2 teaspoon (2 mL) salt
freshly ground black pepper to taste
1 (14 oz) can tomato sauce
1/4 cup (60 mL) ketchup
1/4 cup (60 mL) rice vinegar
3 tablespoons (45 mL) honey
1 tablespoons (15 mL) soy sauce
2 teaspoons (10 mL) cornstarch
1 (19-oz) can unsweetened pineapple chunks
1 medium green bell pepper, cut into small cubes
2 green onions, thinly slice

Preheat the oven to 375 F (180 C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place the pork, breadcrumbs, egg, ginger, garlic, salt and pepper in a bowl and mix to combine. Moisten your hands with cold water. Roll the meat mixture into 1 1/2-inch balls and set on the baking sheet. Roast 20 minutes, or until cooked through.

Place the tomato sauce, ketchup, vinegar, honey, soy sauce and cornstarch in your slow cooker and whisk to combine. Add the meatballs, pineapple and its juice, and bell pepper and gently swirl to combine. Cover and cook on the low setting for 6 hours, or until the meatballs are deliciously tender. Sprinkle servings of the meatballs with green onion.

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