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I've never met a meatball I didn't like. It's like baby meatloaf bathed in finger-licking-good sauce. And when you add in sweet and sour, I get a little giddy. Are you ready to learn how to make sweet and sour meatballs?
This sweet and sour meatball recipe from Maria is fun because it's from scratch and I love to pair meatballs with jars of our homemade fruit jellies or jams. Grape is a particular favorite, but Maria's got some other tasty options as well.
Maria: It's spring!!! Which (for my area) means better weather, and lush green gardens. It also means more family get togethers. My family loves nothing more than to gather at someones house, catch up on each other, and and eat good food together.
I love to bring sweet and sour cocktail meatballs. It makes about 25 meatballs per batch, so I multiply it to suit my needs. But you could freeze leftovers if you needed to. The taste is great. Imagine a fabulous meatball (go ahead…think about it). Okay, now put an insanely good sweet and sour twist on it.
I know right?!?!?
Where has it been all this time?!
Jelly- Homemade jam or jelly makes everything taste better and much more frugal. Here is our low sugar no pectin grape jelly recipe
Homemade Sweet and Smokey Barbecue sauce- because you know I'm all about the from scratch goodness. Here's an easy to make homemade barbecue sauce.
Cornmeal– seriously, cornmeal has gotten enough play time. It's very frugal, gluten free, and I only purchase organic because I ain't having any GMO's in my kitchen (and my aunt just cringed if she read this because I used ain't, but when I get heated about things, the ain't just comes out) It's a great replacement for breadcrumbs in many recipes ~Melissa
It is a relatively simple process, but here are a few tips
-Crushed saltines (for bread crumbs) make for really yummy meatballs. Just don't overdo it with the salt if you go this route. Melissa~You can also mix cornmeal in with bread crumbs or for a gluten free option.
-Set aside a good chunk of time to make this. It takes about 30-40 minutes depending on how fast you are.
-If you plan on serving it like sweet and sour chicken, over rice or something, then double or triple the sauce for pouring over the rice. Because ya can never have too much sauce, right?
– Melissa~ You can use an ice scream scoop to get more uniform sized meatballs, I use the same trick for cookies as well.
Sweet and Sour Meatballs (adapted from The View From Great Island)