Sweet and Tangy Meatballs Recipe
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Sweet and Tangy Meatballs Recipe

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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
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 25 min.
MAKES:6 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 25 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 1/4 cup egg substitute
  • 2 tablespoons fat-free milk
  • 1 cup seasoned bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons chopped onion
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened pineapple juice
  • 1/2 cup barbecue sauce
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 cup whole-berry cranberry sauce
  • 6 unsweetened pineapple slices
  • 6 green pepper rings
  • Hot cooked rice

Nutritional Facts

6 meatballs (calculated without rice) equals 338 calories, 8 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 47 mg cholesterol, 556 mg sodium, 48 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 19 g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, combine egg substitute and milk. Stir in the crumbs, onion and pepper. Add beef and mix well. Shape into 36 balls, about 1 in. each.
  2. In a large skillet coated with cooking spray, brown meatballs; drain if necessary. Combine the cornstarch, pineapple juice, barbecue sauce and water until smooth; stir in cranberry sauce.
  3. Pour over meatballs. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Reduce heat; top with pineapple and green pepper.
  4. Cover and simmer 10 minutes or until meatballs are no longer pink. Serve with rice. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Sweet 'n' Sour Meatballs in Quick Cooking May/June 2000, p29

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Reviewed Oct. 31, 2014

"My family said it was good, but I have "better" meatball recipes. It tasted a bit too much like the barbecue sauce for my taste, thereby diminishing the homemade appeal. It's nice to try new things, and it was true to the claims of quick, easy and tasty. It just wasn't our favorite."

Reviewed Jan. 8, 2013

"nice to try new things"

Reviewed Apr. 22, 2012

"Very good! Tastes like something you'd order at a restaurant!"

Reviewed Mar. 10, 2009

"Made for dinner last night, and, since I had everything in, it was easy to put together."

Reviewed Jan. 11, 2009

"This IS a great recipe. It's even easier and faster by using store-bought frozen meatballs (beef or chicken). This meal can be put together in a very short time. Excellent!"

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