Tangy Sweet-and-Sour Meatballs
Total TimePrep/Total Time: 30 min.
- 1 can (20 ounces) pineapple chunks
- 1/3 cup water
- 3 tablespoons vinegar
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
- 3 tablespoons cornstarch
- 30 frozen fully cooked Italian meatballs (about 15 ounces)
- 1 large green pepper, cut into 1-inch pieces
- Hot cooked rice
- Drain pineapple, reserving juice. Set pineapple aside. Add water to juice if needed to measure 1 cup; pour into a large skillet. Add 1/3 cup water, vinegar, soy sauce, brown sugar and cornstarch; stir until smooth.
- Cook over medium heat until thick, stirring constantly. Add the pineapple, meatballs and green pepper.
- Simmer, uncovered, until heated through, about 20 minutes. Serve with rice.
Nutrition Facts5 meatballs: 389 calories, 19g fat (8g saturated fat), 30mg cholesterol, 682mg sodium, 47g carbohydrate (36g sugars, 2g fiber), 11g protein.
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Nov 30, 2017
Delish. Everyone loved it. I did add more peppers, red & yellow ones. When I make it again I will add more carrots as well. But overall this is a keeper!
Oct 15, 2017
Easy and tasty. Used red pepper, since I didn't have green on hand. Younger child might prefer green next time!
Jun 8, 2017
I got a recipe from my mother-in-law many years ago for Chinese Sweet & Sour Meatballs. To make a long story short -- I lost it. She has since passed and this recipe is the closest I have come to the actual one. Thank you so much!! Can't wait to make Nana's Meatballs again! The whole family loves them!! ;-) P.S. - They are better with homemade meatballs, but the frozen kind saves time.Made the Tangy Sweet & Sour Meatballs tonight. I tripled the soy sauce and ended up using a 14-oz (398 mL) tin of pineapple instead of a 20-oz, but it all worked out just fine! There was plenty of sauce to go on the rice. Delicious!! I used an oblong casserole dish instead of a skillet, and baked them at 300F for about 40 minutes in order to soften the peppers and pineapple. Better recipe than Nana's...
Apr 24, 2016
I like it with homemade meatballs instead of frozen pre made.
Dec 14, 2015
This is a regular meal in my house. Everyone loves it. Very simple, very quick, great flavor. You can get away with reducing the brown sugar if you want to, which I usually do. I don't usually have pepper on hand and that's fine too.
Oct 30, 2013
This is one of my favorite meals to fix. It is easy and has a wonderful flavor.
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Jul 22, 2013
I thought this was the good recipe I got from TOH years ago. It's not. This should be called Candied Meatballs & listed as a dessert. Absolutely disgusting! A waste of perfectly good food. Much, much too sweet even after tripling the vinegar. Downright nasty.
Jun 3, 2013
I used Italian meat balls, not so good but the sauce was amazing. Im going to try it with chicken or pork soon. Soooo yummy!