Saturday, September 18, 2010

Sweet and Sour Meatballs

This recipe comes from my next-door neighbor Diane.  I absolutely LOVE the sauce on these meatballs, and I love the fact that you don't have to cook the meatballs in a frying pan first.  Just form the meatballs and pour the sauce over the top and bake.  Couldn't be easier! 

Serve these over rice along with some fresh fruits and veggies.

I have found that, when mixing meatballs, it's best not to stir the ingredients together with a spoon.  It's best to use your fingers and gently mix the ingredients, being careful not to smash them, but to gently toss them together. 
I like using a small ice-cream scoop to form the meat balls so that they are all uniform in size.  This is what it looks like before you bake them in the oven.

Sweet and Sour Meatballs


1 to 1 ½ lbs extra-lean ground beef

¾ c quick oats

2 eggs, slightly beaten

½ c finely chopped onion

½ c milk

1 tsp salt

1 tsp Worcestershire sauce

¼ tsp ground black pepper

Gently mix meatball ingredients together and form into small balls. Place into a greased 9x13 pan.

NOTE:  I have found that doubling the sauce recipe below gives you more of the yummy sauce to serve over the rice (which you WILL want!)


½ c brown sugar

¼ c white vinegar

1 tsp yellow mustard

¼ c barbecue sauce

1 tsp Worcestershire sauce

Heat sauce ingredients to dissolve brown sugar (I do this in the microwave in a glass measuring cup). Pour sauce over meatballs. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes. Serve over rice.


Rach, Mike and Allie said...

I have found that if I let the Oats and the milk sit together a while before I mix it all together, it is a sturdier meatball and doesn't fall apart as easily.

TJ said...

I got this recipe from a lady in my ward way back when Briana was a toddler. It has been my family's all-time-favorite meal for as long as I can remember. It's always requested and appreciated by the whole group. I can't say that about very many dishes.

Melinda said...

I have a meatball recipe that you bake, too. I love it and use it for meatball subs. And you can make extra meatballs and freeze them on a cookie sheet, then dump them into a Ziploc freezer bag.

Katie said...

We made these last night and everyone LOVED them. Even my picky little 21 month old, ate two! I might double the sauce next time because everyone wanted extra to pour over their rice. We love so many things you make!!

Judy and KC said...

Thanks for the feedback Katie - I love hearing how people like things. I agree - the sauce is to die for!Thanks for taking the time to let me know.

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