Saturday, July 14, 2012

Sweet and Sour Meatballs

I must admit, that once or twice I've cheated on this one and used store-bought meatballs when they were on sale.  Beef prices being what they are, I'll usually go for the cheaper option.  Given a decent price for ground beef, however, these are pretty easy to do.
When I've done them with the cheap frozen meatballs, I've just prepared the sauce and put it with the frozen meatballs in the slow cooker for a couple of hours.  When making them from scratch I usually prefer just to do it on the stovetop since it is relatively quick to make.

Sweet and Sour Meatballs

1 lb. extra lean ground beef
2 Tbsp. minced dried onion
1 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
1 egg
1/4 c. bread crumbs

3/4 c. brown sugar
3 Tbsp. flour
1 1/2 c. pineapple juice
1/4 c. white vinegar
3 Tbsp. soy sauce

1.  Spray a foil lined baking sheet with cooking spray.  Combine meatball ingredients.  (This is best done with your hands.)  Shape meat mixture into 1 inch balls and place on on the cooking sheet.  (For this you can use a small cookie scoop.)  Place under the broiler 5-7 minutes or until brown.
2.  Meanwhile, combine sauce ingredients in a saucepan and whisk together over medium heat.  Bring to a boil.  Add the meatballs, reduce heat, cover and simmer for 20 minutes.
Serve over rice.

source:  Our Best Bites Cookbook

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