Paleo Friendly&Fabulous
First posted on 7.2.2014
The recipe I was most excited to try from the Well Fed cookbook was Bora
Bora Fireballs.  Let me tell you - they did not disappoint!  With
flavors like pineapple, succulent pork and sweet coconut - it made me think of
Palm Trees, Tiki Torches and Ocean Breezes - what's not to be excited about!
 Juicy, spicy, meaty and sweet - these meatballs are addictive.  I
especially love the nice crunch the coconut breading gives you when you first
take a bite.  I've made this 3 times now during my whole30 experiment.
 I brought some to work and as an appetizer to my gym's summer palooza
party recently and now the recipe is being requested.
Bora Bora Fireballs
I concocted my own special dipping sauce to go with this recipe.

1 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1/2 tsp. plus 1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. plus 3/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
1 cup crushed pineapple, no sugar added, packed in its own juice
2 T coconut aminos (I buy these from Amazon to replace soy sauce )
1 1/2 tsp. dried ginger
3 cloves garlic, minced
3-4 scallions, white and green parts very thinly sliced
1/2 fresh jalapeño, seeds and ribs removed, finely minced
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
2 lbs. ground pork


1. Preheat the oven to 375 F.  Cover a large baking sheet with parchment paper
or aluminum foil.  Heat a large non stick skillet over med - high heat,
then add the coconut.  Toast, stirring often with a wooden spoon, until
golden brown, about 3 min.  Remove from heat and sprinkle with 1/2 tsp. salt
and 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper.

2. Drain the cup of canned pineapple in a sieve
placed over a bowl to catch the juice.  Press the pineapple pulp against
the sieve with the back of a spoon to extract the excess moisture.  Place
the pineapple in a large mixing bowl and save the juice for later.

3. To the pineapple, add 1/2 tsp. salt, 3/4 tsp. cayenne, coconut aminos, ginger,
garlic, scallions, jalapeño and eggs.  Beat with a wooden spoon until
combined.  With your hands, crumble the pork into the bowl and knead until
all the ingredients are incorporated.  (at this point I usually will take a
small piece and cook it in the microwave to test my seasonings - season
according to taste by adding more salt if needed)

*Now comes the fun part

4. Arrange the bowls of pineapple juice, spiced toasted shredded
coconut, and seasoned pork for easy access.  Measure a level tbsp. of pork
to make a meatball, lightly douse it in the pineapple juice, then roll it in the
coconut, pressing the coconut shreds into the meat by rolling the ball between
your palms.  Do not overdo it with the breading!  Line up the
meatballs on the prepared baking sheet, about 1/2 inch apart.

5. Slide the meatballs into the oven and bake for 25-30 min, until sizzling and golden

Serve with my special dipping sauce


Left over crushed pineapple
Juice of 1 orange
1/4 cup coconut milk
1/4 cup left over juice of pineapple
1 Tbsp ghee or clarified butter (To
clarify butter, melt unsalted organic butter in a pan until it runs clear and
you will see the milk solids separate from the fat - strain the milk solids with
a fine sieve and you will be left with clarified butter)


1. Puree all of the ingredients except for the ghee in a blender or food processor.
2. Heat a small saucepan over med-high heat.  Add 1 tbsp. ghee or
clarified butter to the pan.  After about 30 sec. add the pureed pineapple. 
Stir to combine and add 1/4 tsp. salt and 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper. 
3. Bring to a boil then lower heat and continue to simmer until sauce begins
to thicken about 7-10 min.  Mix in 2 tsp. of apple cider vinegar.
4.  Remove from heat and transfer to a small bowl.  Serve with meatballs. 



08/19/2016 2:41pm


08/03/2017 8:18am

This kind of meatball is something new to me! I never heard or seen any recipes of meatballs that contains pineapples and coconut, it is kind of unusual since pineapples are kind of sweet and has a bit of sourness and I can't imagine my meatballs taste salty, sweet and sour at the same time. However, I think that this recipe is worth trying because it is kind of new. I believe I can prepare this for our reunion next summer and enjoy it with my friends. Thank you very much for sharing this and I hope you could post more recipes that are easy to cook.

08/19/2016 8:42pm

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05/04/2017 9:50pm

I am not familiar with any Polynesian dishes or snacks so I did my research about it. I landed here because your Bora Bora Fireballs caught my attention. Honestly, I thought it was meatballs covered with bread crumbs. It was interesting because it has a pineapple in it and coconut. I think it is weird when you put pineapple on something like pizza for example. Nevertheless, I am willing to try your Bora Bora Fireballs, so I can serve something different for my friends.


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It's amazing! This recipe is all I need for now! Thanks a lot!


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