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Sweet & Sour Meatballs

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Meatballs are one of my favorite appetizers, because they are so quick and easy to make. This recipe for Sweet & Sour Meatballs is perfect for serving at a party, or just enjoying for dinner. To make the meatballs Asian inspired I used mushrooms and fish sauce in the meatballs, and then cooked them in a Sweet & Sour sauce.

Sweet and Sour Meatballs - An Asian Themed Appetizer - easy to make meatballs using ground beef and mushrooms in a sweet and sour sauce - perfect for a party or just for a family dinner.

The sauce is very simple to make by mixing ketchup and rice vinegar with a little sugar, and then entire dish can be ready in 30-40 minutes.  It is also great to make ahead for a party, and the meatballs can be frozen and then thawed by heating them in the sauce.  The sauce is very flavorful, and for a shortcut you could skip making the meatballs and just heat some store bought frozen meatballs in the sauce.

Sweet and Sour Meatballs - An Asian Themed Appetizer - easy to make meatballs using ground beef and mushrooms in a sweet and sour sauce - perfect for a party or just for a family dinner.

Yield: 48

Sweet & Sour Meatballs

Sweet & Sour Meatballs
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes

Ingredients

Meatballs

  • 2 lb ground beef
  • 8 Shitake Mushrooms
  • 2 shallots
  • 2 Tablespoon fish sauce
  • 2 Tablespoon tomato paste
  • salt & pepper to taste

Sweet & Sour Sauce

  • 1 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 4 teaspoon spicy mustard
  • 2/3 cup rice vinegar
  • 1/2 cup Worcester Sauce
  • 2 Tablespoon sugar

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 F.
  2. To make the meatballs dice the mushrooms and shallots finely.
  3. Combine them with the remaining meatball ingredients and mix well.
  4. Form the meat into 1 inch balls and place on a rack on a tray.
  5. Bake for 20-25 minutes.
  6. To make the sauce combine all the ingredients in a sauce pan and cook for 10 minutes. Add the meatballs when they are done and mix gently.
  7. Cook the sauce and meatballs together for another 5 minutes.

Notes

Nutrition facts are estimates.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

48

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 63Saturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 13mgSodium: 178mgCarbohydrates: 3gSugar: 2gProtein: 3g

Sweet and Sour Meatballs - An Asian Themed Appetizer - easy to make meatballs using ground beef and mushrooms in a sweet and sour sauce - perfect for a party or just for a family dinner.

What appetizers are you serving this holiday season?

By on December 23rd, 2014

13 thoughts on “Sweet & Sour Meatballs”

  1. Another great recipe! All the meatballs I’ve ever had were very plain, so I love the idea of putting shallots and mushrooms *in* the meatballs. Sounds tasty!

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  2. Your Sweet and Sour Meatballs look delicious, just perfect for game day or any party. Thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and have a great weekend.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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