Sweet And Sour Sensation: Easy Meatball Dinner

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Sweet and sour meatballs are a classic comfort food that’s perfect for weeknight dinners or weekend gatherings. The tender meatballs swimming in a tangy, sweet sauce are sure to please everyone at the table. This recipe delivers big flavor without requiring fancy ingredients or hours in the kitchen.

Ingredients:

Sweet And Sour Meatballs
Sweet And Sour Meatballs

1 pound ground pork

  • ½ cup panko breadcrumbs
  • ¼ cup chopped onion
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon grated ginger
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes, undrained
  • ½ cup ketchup
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • ¼ cup water

  • Instructions:

    1. Prepare the Meatballs: In a large bowl, combine the ground pork, panko breadcrumbs, onion, parsley, egg, garlic, ginger, salt, and pepper. Mix well using your hands until everything is evenly incorporated.
    2. Shape the Meatballs: Roll the mixture into tablespoon-sized meatballs. You should end up with approximately 24-30 meatballs.
    3. Cook the Meatballs: Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add a tablespoon of vegetable oil and swirl to coat the bottom. Carefully add the meatballs to the pan and cook for 5-7 minutes per side, or until browned on all sides.
    4. Make the Sauce: While the meatballs cook, in a medium saucepan, whisk together the diced tomatoes, ketchup, brown sugar, white vinegar, soy sauce, and cornstarch. Bring the mixture to a simmer over medium heat, stirring occasionally.
    5. Combine and Simmer: Once the meatballs are browned, transfer them to the saucepan with the sauce. Gently stir to coat the meatballs in the sauce. Bring the sauce back to a simmer and cook for 10 minutes, or until slightly thickened.
    6. Serve: Serve the sweet and sour meatballs hot over cooked rice or noodles. Garnish with fresh chopped parsley or green onions for an extra pop of color, if desired.

    Nutrition Facts:

    (Per serving, based on 24 meatballs)

    Calories: 300

  • Fat: 15g
  • Saturated Fat: 5g
  • Cholesterol: 70mg
  • Sodium: 450mg
  • Carbohydrates: 25g
  • Sugar: 15g
  • Protein: 20g

  • Please note: This is an approximate nutritional value based on common ingredients. The actual nutritional content may vary depending on the specific brands you use.

    Conclusion:

    This sweet and sour meatball recipe is a crowd-pleaser that’s easy to make and endlessly customizable. You can adjust the spice level by adding a pinch of red pepper flakes to the meatball mixture or the sauce. Additionally, feel free to experiment with different vegetables like bell peppers, carrots, or pineapple chunks for a touch of sweetness.

    FAQs:

    1. Can I use ground beef instead of ground pork?

    Absolutely! Ground beef works just as well in this recipe. You may need to adjust the cooking time slightly depending on the fat content of the ground beef.

    2. How can I make this recipe gluten-free?

    Substitute the panko breadcrumbs with gluten-free breadcrumbs or crushed gluten-free crackers. Double-check the labels of all other ingredients to ensure they are gluten-free as well.

    3. Do I have to fry the meatballs?

    You can bake the meatballs instead of frying them. Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C). Place the meatballs on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake for 15-20 minutes, or until cooked through.

    4. What can I serve with these meatballs?

    This recipe pairs well with cooked rice, noodles, or even mashed potatoes. You can also serve it with a side of steamed vegetables or a simple green salad.

    5. Can I make this recipe ahead of time?