Sweet and Sour Chipotle Meatballs


For Sauce:
1 (8 oz) can crushed pineapple in juice
1 (8 oz) can tomato sauce
2 Tbsp Art of Chipotle Gourmet Paste
2 Tbsp cider vinegar
1 Tbsp sugar
For Meatballs:
1-½ lbs ground meat (beef, veal, or turkey)
1/3 c. unseasoned bread crumbs
2 eggs, lightly beaten
2 Tbsp Art of Chipotle Gourmet Paste
1 tsp chili powder
¼ tsp ground cumin
¼ tsp salt

Prepare Sauce: Place pineapple in sauce, AOC Gourmet Paste, tomato sauce, vinegar, and sugar in an 11 x 7 x 2” microwave safe baking dish. Stir to combine. Cover with plastic wrap, venting at one corner. Microwave on high for 5 minutes. Set aside, covered.

Prepare Meatballs: In a large bowl, mix together the meat, bread crumbs, eggs, AOC Gourmet Paste, and salt. Roll 1 Tbsp of the meat mixture into a small meatball. Repeat until all meat is used. Spray a second 11 x 7 x 2 microwave safe dish with non-stick cooking spray. Place half the meatballs in the dish, cover with plastic wrap, and vent. Microwave on high for 3 minutes. Transfer the meatballs to the dish containing the sauce. Recoat the 2nd dish with cooking spray and microwave the remaining meatballs. Add to sauce. Cover sauce containing the meatballs with plastic wrap and vent. Microwave on high for 4 minutes. Stir. Re-cover and let stand for 10 minutes.

Serve meatballs as an appetizer or spoon over cooked noodles as an entrée.
Makes approx 36 meatballs