Sweet 'n' Sour Meatballs Recipe

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

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4.5 18 17
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When I fixed this flavorful recipe for the first time, it was a welcome change from some of our regular ho-hum dinner menus. My husband, Eric, is not a real big stir-fry eater, and our two young sons, 6 and 3, are pretty picky- but they make sure there are no leftovers whenever I serve this dish!—Andrea Busch, Brackenridge, Pennsylvania
MAKES:
4-6 servings
TOTAL TIME:
Prep: 15 min. Cook: 25 min.
MAKES:
4-6 servings
TOTAL TIME:
Prep: 15 min. Cook: 25 min.

Ingredients

  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • Dash pepper
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 can (20 ounces) pineapple chunks
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 cup sliced carrots
  • 1 medium green pepper, julienned
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons cold water
  • Hot cooked rice

Directions

In a large 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 no longer pink; drain.
Drain pineapple, reserving juice; set pineapple aside. Add water to juice to measure 1 cup. Stir in the vinegar, brown sugar and soy sauce; pour over meatballs. Add carrots. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 5-8 minutes or until carrots are crisp-tender. Stir in green pepper and pineapple; cover and simmer 5 minutes longer or until pepper is crisp-tender.
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: 4-6 servings.
Originally published as Sweet 'n' Sour Meatballs in Country Woman January/February 2000, p29

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 264 calories, 8g fat (3g saturated fat), 72mg cholesterol, 648mg sodium, 32g carbohydrate (23g sugars, 2g fiber), 16g protein.

  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • Dash pepper
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 can (20 ounces) pineapple chunks
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 cup sliced carrots
  • 1 medium green pepper, julienned
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons cold water
  • Hot cooked rice
  1. In a large 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 no longer pink; drain.
  2. Drain pineapple, reserving juice; set pineapple aside. Add water to juice to measure 1 cup. Stir in the vinegar, brown sugar and soy sauce; pour over meatballs. Add carrots. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 5-8 minutes or until carrots are 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: 4-6 servings.
Originally published as Sweet 'n' Sour Meatballs in Country Woman January/February 2000, p29

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[email protected] User ID: 3864962 271484
Reviewed Aug. 7, 2017

"Delicious!!!!"

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venky User ID: 6759401 260857
Reviewed Feb. 6, 2017

"Loved it!!!"

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Psalm127-3 User ID: 7749892 260698
Reviewed Feb. 2, 2017

"thumbs up > I attempted to make this for dinner tonight and I was quite enthused because I love sweet-n-sour anything.

I will say that I find the sauce to be very flavorful and delicious I love the ingredients of the vegetables&pineapple. added 1/8 small red onion sliced thin/chopped because I love the bite that gives the sauce.
thumbs down > the meatballs were lacking just about every ingredient I can think of and. even while concocting them and putting in the frypan I thought how are these supposed to have any flavor with the few ingredients I just added. unfortunately exactly correct they are absolutely flavorless little balls of meat very disappointed with that.
somewhere in the middle with my thumbs > I could eat the sauce and the vegetables over my white rice every day of the week and be a very happy girl"

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Psalm127-3 User ID: 7749892 260693
Reviewed Feb. 2, 2017

"no idea where my review is:

long story short great sauce great vegs&pineapple.
did add 1/8th of a small red onion because I do that in my typical s&s sauces. down side meatballs were completely flavorless.
won't make again unless I do my own meatball ingredients added to here as written"

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Psalm127-3 User ID: 7749892 260692
Reviewed Feb. 2, 2017

"no idea where my review is:

long story short great sauce great vegs&pineapple.
did add 1/8th of a small red onion because I do that in my typical s&s sauces. down side meatballs were completely flavorless.
won't make again unless I do my own meatball ingredients added to here as written"

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Psalm127-3 User ID: 7749892 260691
Reviewed Feb. 2, 2017

"I made this tonight for dinner with sheer gusto. I love sweet-n-sour chicken with rice sweet-and-sour meatballs over rice liked the looks of this as well as the ingredients in it . I made exactly as written with one caveat to your recipe that was by adding 1/8 of a small red onion cut up&chopped thin. when I make sweet-and-sour entrees not only do I like the carrot the Bellpepper and the pineapple I also like the bite of an onion. That said everything about this meal is delicious >>>>>

with the exception of the meatballs that have n? flavor what so ever. I knew when I was concocting the meatballs I was very surprised about the lack of anything that was put in these meatballs...my meatballs have probably 6-10 more ingredients than this recipe called for. however I wanted to try this exactly as written just disappointed in the meatballs. I'm very thankful for the flavor of the sauce and the veggies and the pineapple that is added because it would be a very bland meal otherwise. sorry for report. if I make again it'll be with typical meatball additions of onion, garlic, worchesrshire sauce, tiny dollop of tomato paste, dried parsley, my house seasoning which is another 4 ingredients."

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Psalm127-3 User ID: 7749892 260690
Reviewed Feb. 2, 2017

"I made this tonight for dinner with sheer gusto. I love sweet-n-sour chicken with rice sweet-and-sour meatballs over rice liked the looks of this as well as the ingredients in it . I made exactly as written with one caveat to your recipe that was by adding 1/8 of a small red onion cut up&chopped thin. when I make sweet-and-sour entrees not only do I like the carrot the Bellpepper and the pineapple I also like the bite of an onion. That said everything about this meal is delicious >>>>>

with the exception of the meatballs that have n? flavor what so ever. I knew when I was concocting the meatballs I was very surprised about the lack of anything that was put in these meatballs...my meatballs have probably 6-10 more ingredients than this recipe called for. however I wanted to try this exactly as written just disappointed in the meatballs. I'm very thankful for the flavor of the sauce and the veggies and the pineapple that is added because it would be a very bland meal otherwise. sorry for report. if I make again it'll be with typical meatball additions of onion, garlic, worchesrshire sauce, tiny dollop of tomato paste, dried parsley, my house seasoning which is another 4 ingredients."

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Psalm127-3 User ID: 7749892 260689
Reviewed Feb. 2, 2017

"I made this tonight for dinner with sheer gusto. I love sweet-n-sour chicken with rice sweet-and-sour meatballs over rice liked the looks of this as well as the ingredients in it . I made exactly as written with one caveat to your recipe that was by adding 1/8 of a small red onion cut up&chopped thin. when I make sweet-and-sour entrees not only do I like the carrot the Bellpepper and the pineapple I also like the bite of an onion. That said everything about this meal is delicious >>>>>

with the exception of the meatballs that have n? flavor what so ever. I knew when I was concocting the meatballs I was very surprised about the lack of anything that was put in these meatballs...my meatballs have probably 6-10 more ingredients than this recipe called for. however I wanted to try this exactly as written just disappointed in the meatballs. I'm very thankful for the flavor of the sauce and the veggies and the pineapple that is added because it would be a very bland meal otherwise. sorry for report. if I make again it'll be with typical meatball additions of onion, garlic, worchesrshire sauce, tiny dollop of tomato paste, dried parsley, my house seasoning which is another 4 ingredients."

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PrplMonky5 User ID: 6612040 254823
Reviewed Sep. 29, 2016

"I thought this was pretty good, but definitely needed more sauce. The meatballs had a good flavor to them. I baked the meatballs first (like I always do), then put them in a frying pan. The carrots took FOREVER to cook. I think for me they took about 12 minutes. Time is right for the green pepper. My sauce also didn't thicken up much at all. Overall a good recipe, but needs some tweaks."

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best of home cooks User ID: 5361390 253853
Reviewed Sep. 8, 2016

"Loved it, added red bell pepper, sliced green onion"

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