Main Dishes

Sweet & Sour Meatballs

Appetizer or meal? You choose. Whatever you decide, you are in for a whole lot of deliciousness with these easy Sweet & Sour Meatballs. They are a classic recipe that’s been handed down over many generations!

Sweet & Sour Meatballs - Sweet and tangy! Serve as an appetizer or as a meal on a bed of rice.

I like to serve mine over a bed of rice with a side of veggies for a simple dinner. The sauce adds so much extra flavour. I love the sweet tang!

Sweet & Sour Meatballs - Sweet and tangy! Serve as an appetizer or as a meal on a bed of rice.

Yield: 6

Sweet and Sour Meatballs

Sweet and tangy! Serve as an appetizer or as a meal on a bed of rice.

Ingredients:

  • 2lb lean ground beef
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp garlic salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • Flour, for rolling
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil

Sweet and Sour Sauce

  • 3/4 cup + 3 tbsp water
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup white vinegar
  • 1/3 cup ketchup
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch

Directions:

Meatballs

  1. Mix all ingredients except the flour in a large bowl. Roll into small 1 inch balls. Roll in flour.
  2. Heat vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add meat balls and brown, turning often. Once the meatballs are browned, cover and let steam until cooked, about 7 to 8 minutes. Use a meat thermometer to check for doneness.

Sweet and Sour Sauce

  1. Mix 3/4 cup water, brown sugar, vinegar and ketchup in a saucepan and bring to a boil.
  2. In a small bowl, mix together cornstarch and 3 tbsp cold water. Stir into sauce to thicken. Remove from heat and pour over meatballs to serve.

Sweet & Sour Meatballs - Sweet and tangy! Serve as an appetizer or as a meal on a bed of rice.

I used my grandma’s old trick of rolling the meatballs in flour. This step helps them to hold together better in the pan and gives them a tasty coating.

I don’t typically make meatballs on the stovetop and usually bake them. I made sure to cut a few open to check for doneness. I’m always a little paranoid when I’m cooking with meat. You could use a food thermometer to just to be on the safe side.

Once you try a meatball, you can’t stop at just one. They are addicting!

Stacie Vaughan

Stacie is the mom of two girls and lives in Ontario, Canada. She enjoys cooking/baking, photography, reading, DIY and is fueled by lots of coffee!

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