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These bite-size sweet-and-sour meatballs, drizzled with a pineapple- and soy-based sauce, make a great appetizer. Shredded carrot and finely diced pineapple keep the meatballs moist, while fresh ginger and Chinese five-spice powder amp up the flavor.

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Sweet and Sour Meatballs

Makes 36 meatballs

1 20-ounce can pineapple chunks

3 tablespoons rice vinegar

2 tablespoons ketchup

2 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce

1 tablespoon brown sugar

2 teaspoons cornstarch

1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper

1 large egg

1 medium carrot, shredded

1/4 cup finely chopped scallion whites

2 tablespoons minced fresh ginger

1 1/2 teaspoons Chinese five-spice powder

3/4 teaspoon salt

8 ounces ground turkey breast

8 ounces ground pork

2 teaspoons canola oil

1 large red bell pepper, cut into 1-inch pieces

1/2 cup sliced scallion greens

Equipment: 36 short skewers or toothpicks

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Line a baking sheet with foil and coat with cooking spray.

Drain pineapple juice into a small bowl. Whisk in vinegar, ketchup, soy sauce, brown sugar, cornstarch and crushed red pepper. Set aside.

Finely chop enough pineapple to yield 1/2 cup. Press out excess moisture with paper towels. Reserve the remaining pineapple chunks for the sauce.

Lightly beat egg in a large bowl. Stir in carrot, scallion whites, ginger, five-spice powder, salt and the finely chopped pineapple. Add turkey and pork; gently mix to combine (do not overmix). Using a scant 1 tablespoon each, make 36 small meatballs. Bake on the prepared baking sheet until just cooked through, about 15 minutes.

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add bell pepper and cook for 1 minute. Whisk the reserved juice mixture and add to the pan. Bring to a boil and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Stir in the remaining pineapple and the cooked meatballs.

To serve, thread a meatball and a piece of pineapple and/or pepper onto a small skewer or toothpick. Transfer to a platter, drizzle with sauce and sprinkle with scallion greens.

Per serving: 37 calories; 1 g fat (0 g saturated fat; 24 percent calories from fat); 4 g carbohydrates; 1 g added sugar; 12 mg cholesterol; 101 mg sodium; 3 g protein; 0 g fiber.

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