Savory Sweet-and-Sour Meatballs Recipe
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Savory Sweet-and-Sour Meatballs Recipe

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Looking for a savory recipe that combines a hint of pineapple and a dash of soy sauce? These meatballs contrast those flavors in a delightful way. My husband and two young sons request them often. —Joyce Penney of St. Mary's, Ontario
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Cook: 25 min.
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Cook: 25 min.
MAKES: 8 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 can (20 ounces) unsweetened pineapple chunks
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup soft bread crumbs
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1-1/2 pounds lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 1 teaspoons canola oil
  • 2 large green peppers
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup cider vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 6 cups hot cooked rice

Nutritional Facts

One serving (3/4 cup meatball mixture with 3/4 cup rice) equals 456 calories, 10 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 58 mg cholesterol, 755 mg sodium, 66 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 23 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 2-1/2 starch, 1-1/2 vegetable, 1 fat.

Directions

  1. Drain pineapple, reserving 1/2 cup juice (discarding remaining juice or save for another use). Set the juice and pineapple aside. In a large bowl, combine the egg, bread crumbs, garlic, salt and pepper. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well. Shape into 40 meatballs.
  2. In a nonstick skillet, brown meatballs in oil; drain. Cut green peppers into chunks. Add broth, peppers and reserved pineapple to meatballs. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 5-7 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine sugar and cornstarch. Stir in the vinegar, soy sauce and reserved pineapple juice until smooth. Add to meatball mixture. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Serve with rice. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Sweet-and-Sour Meatballs in Light & Tasty February/March 2001, p31

Nutritional Facts

One serving (3/4 cup meatball mixture with 3/4 cup rice) equals 456 calories, 10 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 58 mg cholesterol, 755 mg sodium, 66 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 23 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 2-1/2 starch, 1-1/2 vegetable, 1 fat.

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Reviewed Sep. 30, 2013

"Best Recipe!"

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Reviewed May. 15, 2013

"This is our favorite recipe.. Been making this for years. I add sliced onions to make it even yummier."

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Reviewed Mar. 17, 2011

"Our family loved this. I used one red pepper and one green pepper for color. We will definitely make it again."

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Reviewed Feb. 26, 2011

"I loved this dish! The sauce was so delicious. I can't wait to try a variation with chicken, although the meatballs were very flavorful."

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Reviewed Mar. 10, 2010

"this is a Great one to make and mt boys request it all the time!"

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