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These Sweet and Sour Meatballs with Pineapple flavored and carrot and bell pepper packed sauce, make a great full meal or an appetizer. Comforting, tender, delicious! | yummyaddiction.com
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Sweet and Sour Meatballs with Pineapple

First baked in an oven and then simmered in a pineapple packed sweet and sour sauce, these meatballs are great served over rice, pasta, or as an appetizer!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time50 mins
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 412kcal
Author: Yummy Addiction


For the meatballs:

  • 2 lb (900g) lean ground beef
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar

For the sweet and sour sauce:

  • 1 20 oz. (600ml) can pineapple chunks drained, juice reserved
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/3 cup vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 carrot , diced
  • 1 green bell pepper , diced


The meatballs:

  • Preheat an oven to 400°F (200°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl, combine the ground beef, eggs, bread crumbs, onion, ginger, salt, black pepper, Worcestershire sauce, and brown sugar.
  • Shape into balls and arrange on the prepared baking sheet. Bake for 10-15 minutes. Set aside.

The sweet and sour sauce:

  • In a large pot, add the reserved pineapple juice (if it's less than 1 cup, add some water), another 1/3 cup water, vinegar, soy sauce, brown sugar, cornstarch, ground ginger, and salt. Stir until smooth, cover, and cook until thickened.
  • Add the pineapple chunks, carrot, green bell pepper and the meatballs. Toss to coat the meatballs with the sauce. Simmer for 20 minutes. Serve over the rice or pasta. Enjoy!



Adapted from Nibbles and Bites: Healthy and Elegant Appetizer Recipes for Entertaining by Valerie Renee Campbell


Calories: 412kcal | Carbohydrates: 45.6g | Protein: 26.9g | Fat: 13.3g | Cholesterol: 113.7mg | Sodium: 1017.5mg | Sugar: 27.5g | Vitamin A: 500IU | Vitamin C: 64.4mg