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Sweet and Sour Meatballs Recipe


Sweet and Sour Meatballs

Sweet and Sour Meatballs

Photo and Recipe: Diana Rattray
Apricot or peach preserves and rice vinegar give these well-seasoned meatballs a sweet and sour flavor. Serve the meatballs from a slow cooker as an appetizer, or serve with rice for a tasty family meal. If you're short on time, use purchased prepared meatballs in this dish. The sauce will transform them!

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Yield: Makes About 4 Dozen Meatballs


  • 1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 1/3 cup plain fine dry bread crumbs
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 large egg, slightly beaten
  • 2/3 cup apricot preserves, or peach preserves
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili-garlic paste or about 1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced


Heat oven to 350°.

Line a large jelly roll pan or roasting pan with foil. Spray a cooling rack with nonstick cooking spray and place in the pan.

In a large bowl, combine the ground beef, bread crumbs, salt, garlic powder, ginger, and egg; mix until well blended. Shape the ground beef mixture into 1-inch meatballs.

Arrange the meatballs on the rack. Bake for 25 minutes, or until the meatballs are no longer pink inside. Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan, combine the preserves, soy sauce, peanut butter, sesame oil, vinegar, and chili-garlic paste. Cook, stirring occasionally, until hot. Add the meatballs and bell pepper strips. Cover and cook until pepper strips are just tender, about 3 to 5 minutes.

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