Gluten Free Living – 2016
Sweet and Sour Meatballs are a tasty way to use up ground beef. It makes for a simple and easy main dish that can be served over rice or noodles. I love meatballs and I have some great recipes for Swedish Meatballs, Melt-In-Your-Mouth Meatballs, Pizza Meatballs, Waikiki Meatballs and Meatballs for spaghetti sauce. And, for those of you who are meatball lovers like me, this is one of those recipes where you can add a little more of this or a little more of that to make it the way you prefer to eat it.
This recipe comes from a collection of recipes from a friend of mine who now lives in Black Mountain, North Carolina. I used to attend church with her family in Florida back when we were first married. She was a great cook and was always serving us great meals whenever we went to their home for dinner. She still has an extraordinary gift for hospitality.
This was one of those recipes I typed up for her cookbook back in 1984 when having your own personal computer was just starting to be affordable. I’ve found and tried many interesting and creative recipes from Mimi over the years–many that have become family favorites.
Like I said, this is a very simple version of Sweet and Sour Meatballs, but if you want it a little spicier then I recommend a few drops of Sriracha sauce. If you want it sweeter (this recipe isn’t overly sweet), then add additional brown sugar. If you want to toss in a few other veggies for the sauce like bell peppers and celery then you can certainly add those changes without much problem. If you prefer a thicker sauce, you can decrease the amount of water used in the recipe and make the sauce thicker, as you desire. If you like to fool around a little in the kitchen, this is a great recipe to experiment with and get different results each time.
I chose to use gluten free bread crumbs for the meatballs and served it over hot, cooked rice to keep the recipe gluten free. I love meatballs so this is one way I can eat them and enjoy them without sluggishness afterwards. Plus regular bread crumbs are usually filled with HFCS and other preservatives that I’m better off not eating. I also used a gluten free, low sodium soy sauce. Again, feel free to mix and match to your family’s needs and add and subtract ingredients in a way that works for you.
Sweet and Sour Meatballs are a quick and easy main dish meal.
This recipe makes a lot of sauce.
Sweet and Sour Meatballs is one of those recipes you can improvise with easily.
Here’s what I did.
I used these ingredients plus water. If you prefer, you can also add red and green bell peppers.
Place hamburger meat in a large mixing bowl. Add bread crumbs, dehydrated onions, salt, pepper and parsley. If you want meatballs with more zip you can add a half teaspoon of Montreal Steak Seasoning or Sriracha sauce.
Mix ingredients with your hands until all the bread crumbs are worked into the ground beef.
Add avocado oil to skillet and heat to medium heat. Roll meat into balls and place in skillet.
Continue turning meatballs over until meatballs are no longer pink on any side.
Add brown sugar, chunk pineapple, garlic, vinegar and soy sauce. While the original recipe called for white vinegar, I personally think apple cider vinegar or even rice vinegar might be a better option. If you prefer your sweet and sour sauces with more sugar, then double the brown sugar ingredients.
You can also add chopped red and green bell peppers, if desired.
Add water. If you want a thicker sauce, decrease the water somewhat. If you want to include celery, matchsticks carrots or bell peppers, you could add them here. Cover with lid and cook a few minutes until veggies are tender.
To thicken sauce, mix cornstarch with water and stir until no lumps remain. Add cornstarch mixture to skillet.
Stir to combine.
If you enjoy meatballs this is a delightful recipe.
Serve Sweet and Sour Meatballs over hot, cooked rice.
Here’s the recipe.
SWEET AND SOUR MEATBALLS
(Recipe adapted from Mimi Pownall, Black Mountain, NC)
If you like to add a little of this or a little of that to recipes, you can add bell peppers, celery and matchsticks carrots to the sauce for a little variety in texture. If you like a spicier sauce, consider adding a dash of Sriracha sauce.
Sweet and Sour Meatballs are gluten free when you use a gluten free soy sauce and gluten free bread crumbs.
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