Sweet and Sour Meatballs
Gluten Free Living – 2016
Sweet and Sour Meatballs are awesome. 😮 This tasty entree makes an 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, you will love this recipe! The sweet and sour sauce is savory and delicious. It’s just one of those dishes you can’t get enough of.
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.
I’ve made Sweet and Sour Meatballs with bell peppers, pineapple and sliced water chestnuts which provide flavor and texture. But if you want it a little spicier then I recommend a few drops of Sriracha sauce. If you want to toss in a few other veggies for the sauce like sugar snap peas 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. .
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.
When I initially published this recipe in October 2016, I thought the recipe lacked a little oomph. It was tart enough, but not sweet enough. It also didn’t have any veggies or fruits other than pineapple. There was too much sauce in proportion to the meatballs. I decided to beef up this recipe (April 2018) by adding bell peppers, water chestnuts and sweetened up the sauce. Wow, the difference was amazing.
This time I loved the sauce! Plus, the extra veggies provided the crunch necessary to take this entree up to the next level. The initial recipe seemed to have an awful lot of sauce in comparison to the meatballs and pineapple. Now, with the extra bell peppers and water chestnuts, the sauce isn’t overwhelming. All-in-all this Sweet and Sour Meatballs recipe is fantastic. It’s terrific for weeknight dinners since it really doesn’t take all that long to prepare. Enjoy.
Sweet and Sour Meatballs is an awesome main dish meal.
This entree has a delicious sweet and sour sauce that penetrates all the veggies and meatballs. It’s so delicious.
Sweet and Sour Meatballs is so delicious you’ll want to put this on your regular menu rotation.
While I usually serve this over rice (I used a rice/quinoa blend), you can also serve this over noodles.
Here’s what I did.
I used these ingredients.
Place hamburger meat in a large mixing bowl. Add bread crumbs, onions, salt and pepper. 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.
Combine brown sugar, pineapple juice, garlic, apple cider vinegar and soy sauce.
Stir ingredients to combine.
Add bell peppers. Saute 3-5 minutes.
Add water chestnuts.
Add soy sauce mixture.
Stir ingredients to combine and heat through.
Combine cornstarch and water.
To thicken sauce, mix cornstarch with water and stir until no lumps remain. Add cornstarch mixture to skillet.
Stir to combine and cook until thickened–a few minutes.
If you enjoy meatballs this is a delightful recipe.
These meatballs are wonderful comfort food.
Serve Sweet and Sour Meatballs over hot, cooked rice.
Every bite will have you drooling!
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.