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Sweet & Sour Meatballs

Meaty balls of goodness coated in a sweet and tangy tomato sauce. Serve them as an appetizer, take them to a pot luck, or make them for dinner if you don’t want to share.

Sweet & Sour Meatballs

Yield: 24 meatballs   Prep: 20 minutes   Cook: 40 minutes



For the Meatballs:

  • 1.5 lbs lean ground beef
  • 1/3 cup bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp parsley
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt

For the Sweet & Sour Sauce

  • 1- 5.5 oz can of tomato paste
  • 1- 12 oz can of tomato sauce
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 3 tbsp white vinegar
  • 2 tbsp soya sauce
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder

Making the Meatballs:

Preheat oven to 350.

Combine all ingredients and mix well. Form into golfball sized balls.

Place the balls on a lined baking sheet. Bake for 30 minutes.

Making the Sauce:

Whisk all ingredients together in a large saucepan or pot. Bring the sauce to a simmer over medium heat for 5 minutes. Add the meatballs and simmer for another 10 minutes.

This is definitely a classic dish growing up in my family. It’s one of the first things I learned to cook. There is nothing not to love about these meatballs. They pair well with rice, mashed potatoes, or anything really! Bonus- they freeze really well! Cook them, cool them, and pack them away. Then just through together the sauce the day of and you’ll have a super quick meal.

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