Saturday, May 22, 2010
I need help. I am on the lookout for a great sweet and sour meatball recipe!
Not that these weren't good, they were awesome, I couldn't stop eating them. But they just weren't as good as I am thinking they could be. Does that make sense? It's like I'm looking for the "perfect sauce".
The meatballs were great. The sweet and sour sauce was great. I'm not sure they were great together though. I might be over analyzing this though. I seriously ate 100 of these trying to sort out my opinion.
I used Pioneer Womans meatballs. I love how they have oats rather than bread crumbs and they just are my favorite meatballs in the whole wide world.
I used a recipe for sweet and sour sauce from Allrecipes.
So I don't know if I should change meatballs to suit the sauce or change the sauce to suit the meatballs. I have a couple of different recipes out there for sweet and sour sauces that I want to try. Feel free to give me any ideas for the "perfect sauce".
This is my submission to Just Something I Whipped Up Mondays hosted by The Girl Creative.
Recipe of the Week: Superbowl Snacks at Family Fresh Meals
Sweet and Sour Meatballs
1 1/2 lbs. lean ground beef (I usually use ground turkey though)
3/4 cup oats
1 cup milk, 1%
2 tbsp. finely minced onion
1 1/2 tsp. salt
Plenty of pepper, to taste
1/2 cup flour (for coating meatballs)
Sweet and Sour Sauce:
1 cup pineapple juice (or however much you get from a can + water to get 1 cup)
1/3 cup water
3 tbsp. white vinegar
1 tbsp. soy sauce
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
3 tbsp. cornstarch
1/2 tsp. salt
About 1 cup pineapple or however much you like
For meatballs, combine all ingredients, roll into small balls and place on cookie sheet. Place sheet in freezer for about 5 minutes. Remove meatballs from freezer and dredge in flour. Brown meatballs in pan with cooking spray until just brown. They will cook longer in the oven so they don't need to be completely cooked. Transfer meatballs to a 9 x 13 baking dish, sprayed with cooking spray.
For sauce: Combine everything, making sure there are no clumps with the cornstarch. Cook in small saucepan until thick. Add pineapple and pour sauce over meatballs. Bake in oven for about 25 - 35 minutes or until meatballs are done. Mine were pretty small so they cooked quickly.
Total calories = 2622
6 servings = 437 calories per serving
I used regular brown sugar for this but I am pretty sure that I will sub splenda and molasses next time and get a similar result. I was making this for guests who don't eat splenda.
Calories calculated from calorieking.com. Some numbers are rounded or approximate.