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 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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Viki24 240636
Reviewed Dec. 30, 2015

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

shereeder 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 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 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 136963
Reviewed Apr. 3, 2014

"Delicious every time, even the kids eat it"

mela3fan 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 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 136961
Reviewed Feb. 11, 2013

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

wutch 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."

Joan Laska 49989
Reviewed Dec. 22, 2011

"My Dad always made these for every potluck we went to and they were always the first things to go!"

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