Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Sweet n Sour Meatballs

One of the favorites here in my house are sweet n sour meatballs. There is nothing "special" about them and they are super easy to make... and I bet a lot of people already make these.

But we love them. Plus, they are super adaptable for whatever ground meat you like. We're tried ground beef, ground turkey and ground chicken. I personally like the taste the best with the ground chicken, but I HATE working with the ground chicken. It's always so sticky and messy.

Ground beef is my next choice - and we always have 90% or higher.

The recipe is easy... and you can adjust measurements to your taste. For the sweet n sour sauce we use Ketchup, Grape Jelly and a bit of water. That's it! I pour some ketchup in a small pot and get a simmer going, while slowly adding in the grape jelly and about a tablespoon of water to loosen it up.

Before I put the sauce on, however, I start on the meatballs. I usually use an egg to help with the binding, as well as breadcrumbs. Sometimes we use Panko breadcrumbs for a little different taste and texture. I add just a dash of salt and pepper to the meat for some extra taste. And sometimes, I throw in another spice or two just for fun - whatever I feel like adding on that day.

Once the meatballs are formed I get the sauce ready and starting to heat, then add the balls into the pot. I cover it halfway so some steam escapes and just let it simmer on medium heat for about 10-15 minutes or until cooked through.

These are great as part of your meal or to put out as appetizers for a party. Enjoy!


  1. I do the same thing but I use bottled Chili Sauce. It's not spicy. I'll have to try with ketchup!

  2. Interesting. I'll have to try it with the Chili Sauce! Any brand recommendations?

  3. I gave always used Heinz since that's the only brand I ever see in the food store. 2 bottles of that and a cup of grape jelly is my recipe.