Sweet 'n' Sour Meatballs for 2 Recipe
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Sweet 'n' Sour Meatballs for 2 Recipe

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Andrea Busch writes from Brackenridge, Pennsylvania, "My husband isn't a big fan of stir-fries, but I never have leftovers when I serve this delicious one-dish meal.”
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:2 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 2 servings


  • 2 tablespoons beaten egg
  • 2 tablespoons seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
  • Dash pepper
  • 1/2 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 can (8 ounces) pineapple chunks, undrained
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup sliced fresh carrot
  • 1/2 medium green pepper, julienned
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon cold water
  • Hot cooked rice

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 376 calories, 11g fat (4g saturated fat), 133mg cholesterol, 805mg sodium, 43g carbohydrate (30g sugars, 3g fiber), 26g protein.


  1. In a small bowl, combine the first five ingredients. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well. Shape into 1-in. balls. In a large skillet, cook meatballs over medium heat until browned on all sides and a meat thermometer reads 160°; drain.
  2. Drain pineapple, reserving juice; set pineapple aside. Add water to juice to measure 1/2 cup. Stir in the brown sugar, vinegar and soy sauce; pour over meatballs. Add carrots. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 5-8 minutes or until carrot is crisp-tender. Stir in green pepper and pineapple; cover and simmer 5 minutes longer or until pepper is crisp-tender.
  3. Combine cornstarch and water until smooth; stir into meatball mixture. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Serve with rice. Yield: 2 servings.
Originally published as Sweet 'n' Sour Meatballs in Cooking for 2 Spring 2009, p39

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maroo358 User ID: 84843 210711
Reviewed Jan. 2, 2012

"Has anyone ever tried ground turkey or chicken in this recipe?"

PrincessPeanut User ID: 1390548 179947
Reviewed Nov. 3, 2010

"I think my husband gets a little annoyed I make this so often, but I love the tart pineapple with the vinegar and brown sugar. We usually eat it over noodles as we're not big rice fans."

gimli User ID: 4102463 167879
Reviewed Jun. 19, 2010

"This recipe is DELICIOUS! I always add a little extra pineapple since our family loves pineapple."

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