"A wonderful savory meatball and sweet sauce recipe that works as a main dish, or you can use just the meatball recipe part for parties. I recommend serving over white rice." — LANAN
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lean ground beef
dry bread crumbs
finely chopped onion
ground black pepper
1 (20 ounce) can
pineapple chunks, drained with juice reserved
distilled white vinegar
packed brown sugar
green bell pepper, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
Delicious recipe! As other reviewers have mentioned, the amount of sauce is very scant in proportion to the meatballs (this made about 50 one-inch meatballs). If you're serving as an appetizer, I'm sure the single batch of sauce is fine. But if you're serving as a meal and like enough sauce to flavor your rice as well, you'll definitely need to double the sauce recipe. I did so (using 4 TBS cornstarch) and it made just the right amount. I think I will increase the oven time for the meatballs to 20 mins next time since I believe they'll hold together a little better in the sauce if they're cooked just a tad longer in the oven first. I added the pineapple chunks during the last 5 mins of simmering as suggested by another reviewer. I'm sure this yummy sauce would work well with just about any kind of meat. Thanks for a wonderful recipe! :-)
Very, very sweet. I took the advice of another reviewer and added some ketchup -- still too sweet. I added red pepper flakes -- still too sweet. I added mustard -- better, but still sweet. It's pretty good, but I think next time I'll use the pineapple juice but not use the fruit and see if that helps.
This recipe was simple and easy to follow - the results were yummy too.
However, the amount of sauce indicated isn't nearly enough to allow for a proper simmer, so you should probably make 1.5 times the amount or double it. If you are in a hurry (or wish to confirm that the meatballs are thoroughly cooked), you can let the meatballs bake a little longer (additional 5 minutes), while you prepare the sauce.
FYI - The finished product will almost fill a 9" x 13" container (depending on the amount of the sauce).
Still the best sweet and sour meatball recipe ever! Need a fast dinner? Use the sauce recipe with store bought meatballs and use frozen bell pepper slices. The sauce is great over chicken too.
HINT**Don't add any salt to the sauce until after you have added the soy sauce. It can make a big difference! I had never thought to cook meatballs in the oven before, this works great!
This is a family favourite at our house! I omit the carrot, green pepper, onion, and ginger, for personal preference, and use crushed pineapple. (my husband hates pineapple but likes it crushed in this recipe! lol) I half the recipe but make the full recipe for the sauce. I serve it over rice, I have made this several times and it always turns out great! Thanks Lana!
Outstanding! The meatballs were delicious.
VERY tasty...I cut the meatball recipe in half and used the same amount of sauce without cutting that part in half and it was just enough sauce. Would even double the sauce next time and still only use 1 lb. of ground beef. Hubby said he could eat these meatballs every night!
I served it over brown rice and it was a hit! Great recipe. I can't say enough good about it!
Some of the best meatballs I have ever tasted. I doubled the recipe and made two batches, one for each party. Everyone loved the recipe so much at each party, I was told I need to make it for every family party.
In addition - I have since made this for a family reunion. Other extended families came up to me and told me they KNEW these were not frozen meatballs from the store. I was referred to as the 'meatball girl' and they have begged me to share the recipe with them. I am telling you - this is a great recipe for meatballs!
When I was done making these meatballs, I transfered it to a crockpot and left it on low and it kept them nice and warm for the party. A must make.
The meatballs were one of the best I've made so far, hence the 5 star rating. I enjoyed the sauce, but it was a tad too thick in my opinion. I would reduce the cornstarch down to 2 tbls next time. I added a dash of allspice to the meatball mixture and left out the carrots. I'll definitely use this recipe again for the meatballs and serve them with spaghetti. Good recipe Lana.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Lana's Sweet and Sour Meatballs
Serving Size: 1/8 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 8
Amount Per Serving
** Calories: 427
** Calories from Fat: 148
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