These sweet and savory meatballs can be served as a light entree over spinach, or keep warm in a slow cooker and enjoy as a party appetizer. (Just add a side of toothpicks or forks.)

Source: Better Homes and Gardens
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350°F. For sauce, place sweet pepper quarters, cut sides down, in a microwave-safe dish. Add the water. Cover with plastic wrap. Microwave on 100 percent power (high) for 4 to 5 minutes or until tender. Let stand about 10 minutes or until edges of skins are loose. Gently peel off skins and discard.

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  • Place sweet pepper quarters in a food processor; cover and process until smooth. Drain pineapple, reserving 1/3 cup of the juice; set pineapple chunks aside. Add reserved 1/3 cup pineapple juice, the cornstarch, brown sugar, soy sauce, ginger, vinegar, and garlic to sweet pepper in food processor. Cover and process until combined; set aside.

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  • For ham balls, in a medium bowl combine bread crumbs, egg, and dry mustard. Add ground pork and ground ham; mix well. Form mixture into 12 balls; place in a 2-quart rectangular baking dish. Pour sauce over ham balls. Bake, uncovered, about 30 minutes or until ham balls are done (160°F) and sauce is bubbly around the edges.

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  • Meanwhile, heat an extra-large skillet over medium-high heat. Add reserved pineapple chunks; cook for 4 to 5 minutes or until lightly browned, turning occasionally. Add spinach in batches, cooking until spinach is wilted. Drain any excess liquid.

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  • Serve ham balls and sauce over spinach mixture. If desired, sprinkle with toasted almonds.

*Tip:

To make soft bread crumbs, tear whole grain bread into pieces and process in a food processor.

**Tip:

Ask your butcher to grind the ham for you. Or dice the ham, place in a food processor, and process until ground.

Nutrition Facts

338 calories; 16 g total fat; 5 g saturated fat; 3 g polyunsaturated fat; 7 g monounsaturated fat; 111 mg cholesterol; 605 mg sodium. 1116 mg potassium; 24 g carbohydrates; 5 g fiber; 13 g sugar; 26 g protein; 0 g trans fatty acid; 13195 IU vitamin a; 90 mg vitamin c; 1 mg thiamin; 1 mg riboflavin; 8 mg niacin equivalents; 1 mg vitamin b6; 278 mcg folate; 1 mcg vitamin b12; 162 mg calcium; 5 mg iron;

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