Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Sweet & Sour Meatballs

BEST EVER!!!!

2 lbs. hamburger
1 cup milk
1 cup saltine crackers, crushed (or 1 c. bread crumbs) *I added them to the milk to soak up the moisture- I’ve heard on the food network it makes the meatballs more tender.)
1 Tbsp. onions, grated
1 ½ tsp. salt
1 tsp. pepper

Sweet & Sour Sauce

1/2 cup cider vinegar
2 cup ketchup
1 ½ cup brown sugar
2 tsp. salt
2 tsp. pepper
Dash cayenne pepper
1 tsp. garlic powder

Sweet & Sour Vegetables
1 20 oz can pineapple chunks, drained
½ red bell pepper, diced in chunks
½ yellow bell pepper, diced in chunks
½ green bell pepper, diced in chunks
1 medium white onion, diced in chunks
½ c. carrots, diced on an angle
½ c. Sugar Snap Peas (add at the very end just for color. If you cook them they will not hold their bright green color) *Optional

Mix ground beef, milk, crackers, onion, salt and pepper in a bowl. Don’t over mix or it will result in a tougher meatball. Form into round balls. Place on a greased cookie sheet and bake at 350 for about 10 minutes. At 5 minutes roll the meatballs around for even cooking. Mix remaining ingredients into a deep sauté pan. Once sauce has reached a low boil add all vegetables and browned meatballs. Allow to simmer 15-25 minutes or until ready to eat. I prefer my vegetables with a crunch so I added the meatballs to simmer longer than the vegetables. Enjoy! -

FYI (This recipe makes TONS I would cook the entire recipe if you are feeding about 8 adults. I would reduce everything by half if cooking for 2 adults and 4 kids.)