We are getting ready for a princess party in this house! Our baby girl, Sky, is turning 3 in June! Sniff Sniff. I honestly can’t believe how fast the time flies by, but I am so proud of the little lady she has morphed into. With that being said, my countdown has begun! We are currently about two weeks away from her party, which means I have begun cooking in preparation for it! Yes, I did say “two weeks away” and I also said “I have begun cooking”. Don’t worry, I have no intention of serving our guests spoiled food! I am a full-time professional during the day, which means, I am locked into my computer screen from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm (on a good day — although most days are much longer), so when I shut down for the day, I have a limited amount of time left to make dinner, be a wife, be a mom, clean up messes, do laundry….oh and cook and bake for a 3-year-old’s birthday party (you know the deal Mama’s — and Daddy’s too). I therefore try to use that small window of time to plan, organize and execute. When I throw a party, I always choose a few hot meals to serve and I make sure that those meals freeze well (see where I’m going here?) This way, I can cook the meals weeks in advance of the party, throw them in a Food Saver bag and freeze them. This method, drastically reduces my preparation the week prior to the party, and the added bonus is that I get to spend quality time with Sky (while also teaching her some valuable life skills), because she loves to cook and bake with me! Two birds…one stone! With that being said, first up on the menu is my Hawaiian Teriyaki Meatballs.
As always, let’s begin by talking about the ingredients. For this recipe, you will need two bags of precooked homestyle meatballs, ketchup, teriyaki sauce, pineapple preserves, brown sugar and fresh garlic.
To prepare these Hawaiian Teriyaki Meatballs, add the two bags of meatballs to a large pot over medium heat. Make sure you stir these periodically so that they don’t burn. In a separate medium bowl, add in the ketchup, teriyaki sauce, pineapple preserves, brown sugar and garlic; whisk to fully incorporate the ingredients.
Carefully pour the sauce over the meatballs and stir to make sure all are coated thoroughly. Cover the pot with a lid and let the meatballs simmer for 10-15 minutes, or until they are heated all the way through. Obviously, if you are using frozen meatballs, you may need to let them simmer a bit longer.
This recipe makes a lot of meatballs and is truly intended for a party, but as I said previously, they freeze well and can be individually packaged and thrown in the freezer for quick meals in the future. While delicious as an hors d’oeuvre, they also transition very well into a tasty sub with the small addition of a steak roll topped with some melted provolone cheese.
Stay tuned in, as I will be posting many more recipes in the upcoming days that will be making an appearance at Sky’s Birthday party!
Hawaiian Teriyaki Meatballs
If you’re looking for a crowd-pleasing appetizer for your next gathering, these Hawaiian Teriyaki Meatballs are the way to go. They are sweet, savory and ultra satisfying, although, you may not want to stop eating them!
2 (32 ounce) bags precooked homestyle meatballs, frozen or thawed
1 ½ cups ketchup
1 cup teriyaki sauce
1 cup pineapple preserves
½ cup dark brown sugar
8 cloves garlic, minced
- Add the two bags of meatballs to a large pot over medium heat. Stir periodically to avoid burning.
- In a separate medium bowl, add in the ketchup, teriyaki sauce, pineapple preserves, brown sugar and garlic; whisk to fully incorporate the ingredients.
- Carefully pour the sauce over the meatballs; stir to coat thoroughly. Cover the pot with a lid and let the meatballs simmer for 10-15 minutes, or until they are heated all the way through.
- Serve individually as an hors d’oeuvre or on a steak roll topped with melted provolone cheese as sweet and savory meatball sub.