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Sweet and Sour Meatballs is an easy recipe for mini meatballs flavored with fresh ginger, cilantro, scallions and garlic, shaped into mini meatballs and simmered in a homemade sweet and sour sauce.
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Sweet and Sour Meatballs

Sweet and Sour Meatballs is an easy recipe for homemade
meatballs and sauce. Ground veal is flavored with fresh ginger, cilantro,
scallions and garlic, shaped into mini meatballs and simmered in a homemade
sweet and sour sauce. Serve over rice noodles, rice or quinoa for a flavorful
easy dinner.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine: Chinese
Keyword: mini meatballs, sweet and sour meatballs
Servings: 6
Calories: 322kcal
Author: Gwynn Galvin

Ingredients

Sweet and Sour Sauce

Meatballs

  • 1 lb. ground veal
  • ½ cup seasoned breadcrumbs
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped scallions
  • 2 Tbs. chopped cilantro
  • 1 Tbs. minced fresh ginger
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ tsp. kosher salt
  • 2 scallions, sliced
  • 2 Tbs. cilantro leaves

Serving Suggestions

  • rice noodles
  • white or brown rice
  • quinoa
  • cauliflower rice

Instructions

Sweet and Sour Sauce

  • Drain pineapple chunks and juice. Reserve pineapple
    chunks for later. Combine drained juice and cornstarch, stirring until smooth.
  • In medium sauce pot, combine pineapple juice, brown sugar,
    vinegar, water, soy sauce and cornstarch mixture. Bring to a boil and boil 1
    minute until thickened, stirring frequently.

Meatballs

  • Meanwhile, combine ground veal, breadcrumbs, egg,
    scallions, cilantro, ginger, garlic and kosher salt. Shape into 30 mini
    meatballs, about 1 Tablespoon each.
  • Carefully drop meatballs into sauce. Reduce heat and
    simmer until meatballs are cooked through, about 15 minutes, stirring
    occasionally. Stir in reserved pineapple chunks.
  • Top with sliced scallions and cilantro leaves.

Serving Suggestions

  • Serve over rice noodles, rice, quinoa or cauliflower
    rice, if desired.

Notes

Serve an as appetizer: Sweet and Sour Meatballs can also be served as an appetizer on skewers! Just place one meatball, pineapple chunk and cilantro leaf on skewer and serve with additional sauce on the side for dipping.
Swirls of Flavor Recipe Tips
  • Make with ground chicken
  • Make with ground turley

Nutrition

Calories: 322kcal | Carbohydrates: 47g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 93mg | Sodium: 716mg | Potassium: 371mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 37g | Vitamin A: 164IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 72mg | Iron: 2mg