Sweet and Sour Meatballs

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Sweet & Sour Meatballs

Sweet & sour meatballs are an easy and tasty appetizer.  They are perfect for parties because you can brown the meatballs in advance and then let them finish cooking in a slow-cooker with the sweet & sour sauce while you focus on other elements of your party.  This also allows them to stay hot during the party.  And if you are running short on time or have too many other things to focus on for a party, use store-bought chicken or turkey meatballs (such as Costco’s version) and simply let them simmer with the sweet & sour sauce in the Crockpot.

The sweet & sour sauce pairs wonderfully with rice so you can easily make a main course out of it by serving the meatballs or meatloaf over steamed white rice or quinoa.

Sweet and Sour Meatballs
Recipe type: Appetizer
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Serves: 4+
Sweet & Sour Sauce
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup pineapple juice
  • ½ cup vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 2 Tbsp soy sauce
  • Pineapple chunks/green pepper chunks as desired
  • 1 pound ground turkey, chicken or beef
  • 2 Tbsp feta cheese
  • ½ cup finely diced mushrooms
  • ½ tsp garlic powder or 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 4 Tbsp diced yellow onion
  • 2 tsp flour
  • 2 tsp breadcrumbs
  • 1-2 tsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp chili oil
  • Couple drops of sesame oil
  • 1 Tbsp milk
Sweet & Sour Sauce
  1. Mix the ingredients in a medium saucepan.
  2. Heat the sauce over medium-high heat, stirring it frequently, until the sauce thickens. Add large chunks of pineapple and bell peppers if desired.
  1. Mix the ingredients together and form balls or pat the mixture into a loaf pan for meatloaf.
  2. Lightly coat a pan with Canola oil and cook the meatballs over medium-high heat, flipping them so that every side cooks evenly.
  3. If need be, cover the pan and continue cooking the meatballs at medium-low heat until they are cooked all the way through.
  4. Or, bake the meatloaf in a pan lined with foil for 30 minutes at 350 degrees or until it is done.
  5. Pour the sweet & sour sauce over the meatballs and serve with toothpicks as an appetizer or over rice for a main course.
  6. TIP: After browning the outsides of the meatballs you can add them to a crockpot with the sweet & sour sauce to finish cooking and then leave them warming in the crockpot for your dinner party.

Sweet & Sour Meatballs

Meatball recipe inspired by Asian Meatballs from Cooking Light (March 2000).

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One Response to “Sweet and Sour Meatballs”

  1. Dianna says:

    These look and sound delicious. I wouldn’t be able to resist adding some red onion to the batch, too! Nice photos….now I’m hungry!!

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