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Sweet and Sour Meatballs

Yields: 6 Servings Difficulty: Easy Prep Time: 15 Mins Cook Time: 27 Mins Total Time: 42 Mins
These Sweet and Sour Meatballs are made with homemade meatballs in a sweet and tangy sauce with pineapples and peppers! Serve over rice to soak up all of that delicious sauce!


0/20 Ingredients
  • Sweet and Sour Meatballs


0/12 Instructions
  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees F and line a baking sheet with tin foil — optional but helps with clean up! (OPTIONAL: instead of baking, you can also brown on all sides and then simmer in the sauce. I make a big batch at once, which is why I bake them).
  • Tear bread into small pieces and place in a food processor. Process until the bread is in fine crumbs and combine with water. Stir and let sit for a few minutes.
  • In a large bowl, combine beef, pork, egg, Italian seasoning, salt, pepper and soaked bread until just combined — don't overmix!
  • Shape into 1.5-2″ balls (I get about 20 this way, but you can get up to 30 if you shape them into 1″ balls) and place 1″ apart on the baking sheet.
  • Bake for 10-15 minutes (longer for 2″ rounds, shorter for 1″ rounds), until a meat thermometer reads at least 160 degrees F in the largest meatballs (a meat thermometer is your best chance at having perfectly cooked meatballs!)
  • Remove from the oven.
  • Sweet and Sour Sauce
  • In a large skillet, saute peppers on oil until crisp-tender.
  • Add garlic and ginger and cook 1 minute.
  • Stir in the pineapple chunks with juice.
  • In a large glass measuring cup or bowl, whisk together the sugar, vinegar, ketchup, corn starch and soy sauce. Add to the pan with the peppers and pineapple.
  • Add the meatballs, and simmer for 5-10 minutes until thickened and meatballs are heated through.
  • Taste and adjust salt and pepper if necessary. If desired for a milder sauce, stir in ¼ cup of water or broth.

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