Sweet 'n' Sour Appetizer Meatballs Recipe
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Sweet 'n' Sour Appetizer Meatballs Recipe

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Since a friend shared this recipe with me several years ago, I've fixed it many times. The tangy meatballs also make a great main dish served with potatoes.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Cook: 20 min.
MAKES:16 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Cook: 20 min.
MAKES: 16 servings


  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup quick-cooking oats
  • 1 envelope onion soup mix
  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 2 cans (5-1/2 ounces each) apricot nectar
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/3 cup cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons prepared mustard
  • 1 tablespoon prepared horseradish
  • Minced fresh parsley


  1. In a large bowl, combine the egg, oats and soup mix. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well. Shape into 1-in. balls.
  2. Place 1 in. apart on a greased rack in a shallow baking pan. Bake at 400° for 18-20 minutes or until no longer pink. Drain on paper towels.
  3. In a large skillet, combine the apricot nectar, brown sugar, ketchup, vinegar, mustard and horseradish. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes. Add meatballs; simmer 15 minutes longer or until heated through. Sprinkle with parsley. Yield: 4 dozen.
Originally published as Sweet 'n' Sour Appetizer Meatballs in Country Woman Christmas Annual 2007, p43

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Reviewed Sep. 10, 2013

"I and my friends/family LOVE the sauce this makes! For quicker results, we have used frozen meatballs. Just make the sauce and pour over frozen meatballs in a crockpot. I will make this again and again! GREAT for tailgating!"

Reviewed Dec. 12, 2010

"DISLIKE! the cider taste in the sauce is all wrong. do not recommend. there are way better recipes for sweet n sour meatballs on this website."

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