Simple Sweet and Sour Meatballs!

by zesty on January 27, 2009 · 27 comments

Happy Tuesday! Wow what a fun filled Monday in zestyland.  Work is crazy busy and I have been spending a lot of time on a new e-book for zestycook.com that will be released soon.  In addition, I am working on a whole new design for the blog.  I am moving to a new layout to allow you to visually see more recipes and posts in an easier format.  Stay tuned for all that excitement.

Back to the dish at hand – Super Simple Meatballs!  This is a great dish that is hearty, filling and can really be done with any meat or even non-meat product.  Whether it be turkey, pork, beef, you name it… a meatball can be made.

This dish is really quick and easy.  I take a two step approach to the meatballs.  First, I cook them under the broiler since it is so fast, prepare the sauce and then add the meatballs to the sauce in a casserole dish.  I served it over some dirty rice with soy sauce and mushrooms.

Too easy…. here are the more detailed instructions

I really enjoy the sweet and sour flavor on a variety of foods (pineapple and nutmeg just go together well especially with vinegar and sugar).

Ingredients

MEATBALLS

  • 1 1/2 lbs ground beef
  • 2/3 cup cracker crumb
  • 1 egg
  • 1 Tsp. nutmeg
  • 1 Tsp. grated fresh ginger
  • 2 Garlic cloves ( minced)
  • 1 Tsp. seasoning salt (Lawry’s recommended)

SWEET AND SOUR SAUCE

  • 1 (13 1/2 ounce) can pineapple chunks
  • 5 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar

Method

  1. Preheat oven on broil.
  2. Combine the first seven ingredients, mix well, but lightly.
  3. Shape into meatballs.
  4. Place meatballs in roasting pan and broil in the oven until cooked through (turning a few times).
  5. Drain pineapple (set aside)- reserve juice.
  6. Add water to the juice to make 1 cup liquid.
  7. In a pot over medium heat, blend cornstarch in the juice, then add vinegar, lemon juice, brown sugar, and soy sauce, cook until clear.
  8. Add the pineapple and pour over the meatballs and bake at 350°F for 30 minutes.
  9. ENJOY!

ZestyTip: To enhance the flavor of meatballs, I always like to add a hint of ginger and nutmeg as well as really focus on browning the outside of the meatballs to lock in the flavor.  The brolier works great for this.

I hope you have a great Tuesday.

Take care

zesty

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