Sweet and Sour Meatballs with Pineapple

Sweet and Sour Meatballs
Diana Rattray
Ratings (6)
  • Total: 50 mins
  • Prep: 20 mins
  • Cook: 30 mins
  • Yield: Serves 4
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
488 Calories
22g Fat
34g Carbs
37g Protein
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

The tangy sauce for these sweet and sour meatballs is flavored with pineapple, bell pepper strips, and celery.

Serve the meatballs with rice and steamed broccoli, green beans, or carrots.

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup fine dry bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons minced onion
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • dash pepper
  • 2 cups water, divided
  • 1 pound lean ground beef, at least 85%
  • 1 egg, well beaten
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 cup sliced celery
  • 1 red bell pepper, cut in strips
  • 1 green bell pepper, cut in strips
  • 1/3 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch

Steps to Make It

  1. In large mixing bowl, combine bread crumbs with minced onion, salt, pepper and 1/2 cup water. Add ground beef and egg. Shape beef mixture into 16 meatballs.

  2. Brown the meatballs slowly in a large skillet over medium-low heat.*  

  3. When the meatballs browned and cooked through, remove from the skillet and set aside. Cook celery and pepper strips in skillet for about 5 minutes. Add remaining water, vinegar, brown sugar, and soy sauce. Mix cornstarch with a little cold water then add to skillet; stir well and cook for about 4 minutes. Add meatballs, pineapple slices. Cook until heated through. 

  4. Serve with hot cooked rice or noodles, along with steamed broccoli or green beans.

*Meatballs may also be baked. Heat oven to 350 F. Line a large rimmed baking sheet or roasting pan with foil and place cake cooling rack in the pan. Arrange the meatballs on the rack and bake for 35 to 40 minutes, until cooked through and nicely browned.