Flavored with Italian sausage and dotted with tender meatballs, the savory from-scratch sauce made this dish one of my mom's most-requested. We five kids were always thrilled to hear it was on the menu.
-Grace Yaskovic, Branchville, New Jersey
Meet the Cook: Those who like the taste of Reuben sandwiches and sauerkraut are sure to savor these distinctive meatballs. The recipe was given to me by a good friend, Helga Stremel, who is from Germany and is a wonderful cook.
-Irlana Waggoner, Hays, Kansas
Convenience items, including bottled barbecue sauce and canned pineapple and cranberry sauce, speed preparation of this sweet and tangy main dish. It's a snap to throw together, yet tastes like it took a lot of work. My family loves its Hawaiian flavor.
-Nancy Decker, Lemoore Navel Air Station, California
These hearty meatballs are a family favorite and a big hit wherever they go! In their delicious barbecue sauce, they're a perfect dish to pass and also work well as hors d'oeuvres. —Jane Barta, St. Thomas, North Dakota
With all the cattle ranchers in our state, these sandwiches are a great way to use ground beef. I've done a lot of traveling and tried a lot of recipes, but I think this is one of the best I've ever tasted. It makes a hearty meal.
"THIS WAS one of our favorite main dishes. Since we raised our own pork and beef, the meat we used was always freshly ground. For variety, these meatballs can be cooked with a sweet cream gravy or steamed with tomatoes—but we prefer them with homemade sauerkraut."
My mother got this recipe from our Italian neighbors in the 1950s. It's been a big hit at our church community dinners, where we sometimes make three or four batches of this wonderful sauce.—Monica Crouch, Trotwood, Ohio