Sweet and Sour Meatballs
Whether you're after an appetizer for a party or a main dish meal these sweet and sour meatballs will be a hit for all the meatball lovers on your guest list.
Recipe type: Main Dish
Serves: 6
  • Sweet and Sour Sauce
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ⅓ cup of ketchup
  • 2 teaspoons of soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2½ cups of pineapple juice
  • 1 tablespoon Franks Red Hot Sauce
  • 2 tablespoons of chives
  • ½ cup rice wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar
  • 1½ cups of diced pineapple chunks
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch (thickener)
  • Steamed white or brown rice sauteed in 2 tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil with a pinch of salt, tablespoon of each garlic, ginger, and lime (for serving)
  • Meatballs Ingredients
  • 2 lbs Pork mince
  • 2 lbs Lean Beef or Veal mince
  • 2 medium onions chopped fine
  • 3 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoon of fresh pepper
  • 6 cloves of garlic chopped fine
  • 2 teaspoons of onion powder
  • 1.5 cup of Fresh Parmigiana Reggiano or Grana Padana Grated- Not the stuff in the jars or pre-grated please don’t use that stuff.
  • 1.5 cups of fresh grated Romano Cheese
  • 3 tablespoons of dry parsley flakes
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 cups of Italian breadcrumbs (I prefer the ones seasoned with cheese and parsley)
  • 2 teaspoon of water (add as needed for a bit of moisture)
  1. Sweet and Sour Sauce
  2. In a large frying pan or deep skillet, pot add your vinegar, brown sugar, ketchup, hot sauce, soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, chives and 2 cups of pineapple juice and bring to a boil.
  3. With the remaining pineapple juice make a slurry with the cornstarch (make sure there are no lumps) and add it to the pan stirring to incorporate it.
  4. Add your baked or fried meatballs into the sauce and stir until sauce is thickened on medium heat and meatballs are heated through for about 8-10 minutes then add in your pineapple chunks.
  5. Serve over the garlic, ginger, lime rice or plain steamed rice of your choice
  6. Meatballs
  7. In a large bowl put in your meat
  8. Add in your cheese
  9. Add in your garlic
  10. Add in your egg
  11. Add in your spices
  12. Add in onion
  13. Add in your breadcrumbs (or crushed pork rinds)
  14. Add in 2 teaspoons of water
  15. Mix thoroughly but don't over-mix. With a tablespoon scoop out enough to roll into uniform mini meatballs and put them on a parchment-lined tray. *Note: You can now freeze them on the tray and then bag them for later use in your freezer) You can either bake the meatballs until golden brown 10-15 mins or fry them in your choice of olive oil for about 2-3 minutes each side.
  16. Let them rest then add over top the rice
  17. Enjoy!
Recipe by Canadian Budget Binder at https://canadianbudgetbinder.com/2016/02/21/sweet-and-sour-meatballs-with-pineapple/