Tangy and Sweet Meatballs Recipe
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Tangy and Sweet Meatballs Recipe

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When we entertain friends for Sunday dinner, I frequently serve these tangy meatballs. Everyone loves the distinctive sauce, but they're often surprised to learn it is made with gingernsaps. -Melody Mellinger, Myerstown, Pennsylvania
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 40 min.
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 40 min.
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1-1/2 cups dry bread crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • SAUCE:
  • 3-1/2 cups tomato juice
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 10 gingersnaps, finely crushed
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon onion salt

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 526 calories, 21g fat (7g saturated fat), 155mg cholesterol, 1226mg sodium, 55g carbohydrate (35g sugars, 1g fiber), 29g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, combine the eggs, onion, bread crumbs and salt. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well. Shape into 1-1/2-in. balls.
  2. In a large skillet, brown meatballs in batches in oil. Transfer to a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish.
  3. In a large saucepan, combine the sauce ingredients. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring until cookie crumbs are dissolved. Pour over meatballs.
  4. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 40-45 minutes or until meat is no longer pink. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Sweet 'n' Sour Meatballs in Taste of Home October/November 2003, p33

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sd20 User ID: 5560294 260216
Reviewed Jan. 24, 2017

"easy to make and pretty good!"

Viki24 User ID: 8680169 240636
Reviewed Dec. 30, 2015

"These are excellent meatballs! My family loves these with mashed potatoes."

shereeder User ID: 1853566 240071
Reviewed Dec. 23, 2015

"FINALLY!!!! Someone can actually post a recipe that includes the recipe for the meatballs! I haven't tried these yet, but the fact that there's a meatball recipe earns it 5 stars for me. THANK YOU!!! They sound delicious and will give them a try, even if it's for my pleasure at home."

CoreyKay24 User ID: 8031589 56503
Reviewed Oct. 11, 2014

"i love them sooo much! is there any way i can adjust the serving? i want to make some for me but 8 servings is wayyy too much. Can someone please help? these are the only meatballs i will eat."

Carina20 User ID: 7785257 56502
Reviewed May. 1, 2014

"These meatballs are freaking AMAZING!!!! They are alwayssss a hit! I make them every chance I get on a holiday and everybody loves them!!!!!"

ldr825 User ID: 3899651 136963
Reviewed Apr. 3, 2014

"Delicious every time, even the kids eat it"

mela3fan User ID: 2731029 128980
Reviewed Dec. 31, 2013

"I make this every New Year's eve, it has become a tradition. Everyone loves them, also great over white rice."

VictoriaElaine User ID: 3422096 133031
Reviewed Mar. 8, 2013

"I love meatballs & am always trying new recipes for them, so it says a lot that this recipe is my all-time favorite! I've made it many times now & it goes great with mashed potatoes. I don't like the mess & time it takes to brown meatballs in the skillet, so I place them on a cookie sheet & bake them at 350 for 20 minutes. Then I drain them on paper towels, place them in a baking dish with the sauce & then only bake them an add'l 20 minutes. They turn out perfect every time! Makes about 35 meatballs, depending on their size."

nancyphudson User ID: 279258 136961
Reviewed Feb. 11, 2013

"We love these meatballs. They are easy to make and are delicious with mashed potatoes."

wutch User ID: 6761275 141918
Reviewed Jul. 5, 2012

"I make these several times a year. My family loves them. I always make extra sauce for the mashed potatoes."

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