Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Sweet and Sour Meatballs
The very first recipe I posted came from this $3 thrift store cookbook.
I turn to it when I've thawed hamburger meat and have no clue what to do with it. I tend to get stuck in the meatballs, burgers, or meatloaf cycle of rotation. This is good for breaking out.
But, I did cook meatballs from it. Just different ones. I used their basic meatball recipe because the ones I make are super Italian and I didn't think that would pair nicely with the flavors of the sauce.
1 pound ground beef
1 small onion, chopped (about 1/4 cup)
1/3 cup dry bread crumbs
1/4 cup milk
3/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
Mix all ingredients and shape into 1 - 1 1/2 inch balls. Place on a lightly greased pan and bake in a 400° oven for 20 minutes.
While the meatballs were baking, I started white rice. You know the drill - 1 part rice, to 2 parts water. Bring to a boil, reduce to simmer, cover and leave alone for 20 minutes. Done! (You could also make brown rice, just start it earlier because that takes 50 minutes.)
Once those two steps were out of the way, I got to work making the sweet and sour part of the meal.
1 Tbsp corn starch
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 can (13.25 oz) pineapple tidbits (and juice!)
1 Tbsp soy sauce
1/3 cup vinegar (I used apple cider vinegar)
1/2 cup coarsely chopped green pepper (I used a whole pepper)
2 carrots, chopped (not in the original recipe - I added for more veggies)
Mix cornstarch and sugar in a large skillet. Stir in pineapple with syrup or juice, soy sauce, and vinegar. Cook, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens and boils. Add cooked meatballs, green pepper, and carrots. Cover and simmer 5-10 minutes until the vegetables are crisp-tender.
Makes 4-5 servings.
Johnny declared it "needs to become a regular" after bite two. I'm interested to try it in the future with chicken or pork!
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