Best Sweet and Sour Meatballs

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Every home cook has a meatball recipe that they make for a quick and easy meal through the week or for potluck occasions. This best sweet and sour meatballs recipe is something a little different because it becomes part of a complete meal with chopped peppers, onion, and pineapple, rather than being just sauce and meatballs. Homemade meatballs are the best, rather than store-bought frozen ones because they are juicier, and you can control the size. Since this easy meatball recipe uses a combination of beef and pork, you can be sure that these meatballs will be tender, flavorful, and juicy, and not dried out as in leaner meatball recipes. Once you have prepared this sweet and sour meatballs recipe, all you will need to complete the meal is some steamed rice to soak in the sauce, since you won’t want to miss any of the sweet and sour goodness.

Most sweet and sour meatball recipes are very simple involving store-bought meatballs and a sauce of chilli sauce and grape jelly, which is delicious, but this is the best meatball recipe ever because it goes in a slightly different direction while still maintaining the contrasting flavours that we love. You will still taste the sweet flavour from brown sugar and pineapple, but the acidity will also be there from the rice vinegar. With the additions of beef stock, soy sauce, garlic, and sesame oil, however, this tasty meatball recipe becomes much more addictive and complex. The addition of Asian flavours is a no-brainer when it comes to meatball recipes because most family’s love Asian tastes due to the use of aromatics, like garlic and ginger, and salty fermented sauces, like soy sauce. You might be concerned by the amount of sodium that is in this easy meatball recipe between the ketchup, soy sauce, and beef stock, but there are ways to reduce this. Instead of purchasing regular soy sauce, like Kikkoman, which is 920 mg of sodium per tablespoon, look for a low-sodium version which will be just as delicious, but with only 575 mg of sodium. You may also want to substitute the beef broth for a low sodium version of beef broth to reduce the sodium content in your meatball recipe. Recipes that use prepared ingredients are perfectly fine as long as you are conscious of exactly what you are putting into the dish so that you can keep your family as healthy as possible.

When it comes to any stir fry recipes, bell peppers are a perfect addition because they add colour, flavour, and plenty of nutrition. This meatball stir fry recipe uses a red and green pepper for contrasting colour and flavour. Red bell peppers tend to be sweeter than green while green pepper has an earthy, more savoury flavour. Peppers are very high in vitamin C, vitamin B6, vitamin A, and dietary fibre, making them a terrific contribution to any dinner recipe. Thank you to Serena, the author of ‘Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch’ for sharing her addictively delicious best sweet and sour meatballs recipe with us.**

Nutrition Facts for: Best Sweet and Sour Meatballs From Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch
Ingredients: Ground beef, ground pork, panko bread crumbs, eggs, garlic clove, soy sauce, toasted sesame seed oil, granulated garlic, ketchup, brown sugar, cornstarch, natural rice vinegar, sweet chili sauce, beef sock, soy sauce, olive oil, onion, red bell pepper, green bell pepper, pineapple.
* Percentages (%) are based on a 2000 calorie diet * The entire recipe has been calculated for 6 servings. * Per Serving: Calories 378, Calories from Fat 105, Total Fat 11.7g 18%, Saturated Fat 3.1g 16%, Cholesterol 119mg 40%, Sodium 773mg 32%, Potassium 731mg 21%, Carbohydrates 28.6g 10%, Dietary Fiber 2.3g 9%, Sugars 16.2g, Protein 36.1g, Vitamin A 28%, Vitamin C 120%, Calcium 5%,Iron 69%

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