Hawaiian Meatballs

Like a Hawaiian pizza with ham, pineapple, and Maui sweet onions, these meatballs can be served as pinchos with toothpicks or not.

Serves: 8Hands-on: 20 minutesTotal: 40 minutesDifficulty: Easy

Serves: 8


  • 1 lb. ham, ground
  • 1⁄2 lb. fresh pork, ground
  • 3⁄4 cup breadcrumbs
  • 3 Tbsp. buttermilk
  • 1 large egg
  • 1⁄4 cup minced celery
  • 2 Tbsp. minced Maui sweet onion
  • 1⁄4 tsp. pepper
  • 1⁄8 tsp. ground cloves
  • 1⁄3 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 1 Tbsp. cider vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp. pineapple juice


  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with nonstick foil.
  • Mix the ham, ground pork, breadcrumbs, buttermilk, egg, celery, onion, pepper, and cloves together.
  • Form into small balls, cocktail meatball size, and place them 1 inch apart on baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes.
  • For the glaze, combine the brown sugar, vinegar, and pineapple juice in a saucepan over low heat. Whisk until combined and cook about 5 minutes.
  • Coat the meatballs with the glaze and serve hot.