Tangy Sweet and Sour Meatball Recipe

This recipe features delectable meatballs smothered in a homemade sweet and sour sauce. The tangy flavor combined with a hint of sweetness makes these meatballs a perfect appetizer or main course that everyone will love.


For the Meatballs:

  • 1 lb (450g) ground beef or pork (or a mix of both)
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano

For the Sweet and Sour Sauce:

  • 1 cup pineapple juice
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar or apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch mixed with 2 tablespoons water (slurry)
  • 1 small bell pepper, chopped (optional)
  • 1 cup pineapple chunks (optional)


Preparing the Meatballs:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Mix breadcrumbs and milk in a large bowl. Let it sit for a few minutes until the breadcrumbs absorb the milk.
  3. Combine ingredients: Add the ground meat, egg, chopped onion, minced garlic, Parmesan cheese, soy sauce, salt, pepper, and oregano to the breadcrumb mixture. Mix until just combined; avoid over-mixing.
  4. Form meatballs: Shape the mixture into 1-inch meatballs and place them on the prepared baking sheet.
  5. Bake: Bake the meatballs in the preheated oven for 15-20 minutes, or until they are cooked through and golden brown.

Making the Sweet and Sour Sauce:

  1. Combine liquids: In a medium saucepan, combine the pineapple juice, ketchup, brown sugar, vinegar, and soy sauce. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium heat, stirring frequently.
  2. Thicken the sauce: Once the sauce is boiling, stir in the cornstarch slurry. Continue to cook, stirring constantly, until the sauce thickens.
  3. Add vegetables and fruit (optional): Stir in the chopped bell pepper and pineapple chunks. Cook for an additional 2-3 minutes, until the vegetables are tender-crisp.

Combining Meatballs and Sauce:

  1. Coat the meatballs: Add the baked meatballs to the saucepan with the sweet and sour sauce. Stir gently to coat the meatballs evenly with the sauce.
  2. Simmer: Let the meatballs simmer in the sauce for 5-10 minutes, allowing the flavors to meld together.

Serving Suggestions:

  • Serve the sweet and sour meatballs over steamed rice or noodles.
  • Garnish with chopped green onions or sesame seeds for an extra touch of flavor.
  • Pair with a side of stir-fried vegetables for a complete meal.

Enjoy your delicious tangy sweet and sour meatballs!

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