The hearty taste of seasoned beef and the flavors of sweet and sour distinguish these meatballs. Make this for a special occasion as an appetizer or for every-day dinner.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
45 mins
additional:
10 mins
total:
1 hr 15 mins
Servings:
10
Yield:
120 meatballs
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Ingredients

10
Original recipe yields 10 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • To make meatballs: In a large bowl, combine beef, onion flakes, bread crumbs, salt, nutmeg, eggs and milk.

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  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

  • Shape mixture into 1 inch balls, and place into a 9x13 inch baking dish; bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes. Lower heat in oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  • To make sauce: In a large saucepan over medium heat, mix vinegar, sugar, mustard and 1/2 cup water; bring to a boil, and boil for 1 minute. Mix cornstarch and 1/2 cup water; add to saucepan, and boil for 1 minute more.

  • Add sauce to cooked meatballs, and bake in preheated oven for 45 minutes, basting occasionally.

Nutrition Facts

533 calories; protein 27.4g 55% DV; carbohydrates 60g 19% DV; fat 19.8g 31% DV; cholesterol 139.6mg 47% DV; sodium 916.8mg 37% DV. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 5 stars
03/04/2007
Loved these meatballs. Followed the recipe exactly. The sauce is very tasty. I've been trying different sweet and sour meatball recipes for the last year or so trying to duplicate the flavor of the sauce I had at a banquet. Think this is the one! Don't be alarmed by the overwhelming vinegar smell/taste at first. After you combine the sauce with the meatballs and allow it to bake and reduce it takes on a whole new (delicious!) flavor. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
06/11/2005
This recipe was easy to make. I subsituted the milk for soy milk and the meat for ground turkey. This recipe was way to sweet for my family I think next time I will use half the sugar. Read More
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46 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 30
  • 4 star values: 14
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
03/04/2007
Loved these meatballs. Followed the recipe exactly. The sauce is very tasty. I've been trying different sweet and sour meatball recipes for the last year or so trying to duplicate the flavor of the sauce I had at a banquet. Think this is the one! Don't be alarmed by the overwhelming vinegar smell/taste at first. After you combine the sauce with the meatballs and allow it to bake and reduce it takes on a whole new (delicious!) flavor. Read More
(25)
Rating: 5 stars
02/18/2006
Very good everyone loved it. I used two pounds of lean ground turkey and one pound extra lean ground beef. Next time I make this I'll cut down on the sugar. It was kind of sweet. Read More
(22)
Rating: 5 stars
07/16/2003
A FAVORITE AT FAMILY GATHERINGS. I HAVE MADE THESE FOR TWO SHOWERS AND THEY ARE A HIT. NO MORE RED SAUCE ON THE GRANDKIDS CHOTHES!!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/16/2003
This recipe was wonderfull for dinner. I reduced the size: 120 meatballs for dinner was way to much but 60 was perfect!! Thanks for the great dinner! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/13/2009
I love this recipe! I made a few changes though. I used rice vinegar instead of cider vinegar. Rice vinegar has a mellow flavor. In addition I used half sweet Italian sausage and half hamburger. My family loved it. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/22/2004
Super simple to make. And they taste great. I halved the recipe and got about 50-60 meatballs. All but 6 were left after my family of four got their hands on them. They went better than the main course. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/29/2009
Wow this were awesome! I used crushed crackers instead of bread crumbs just because I didn't have any and I used only 1 Tbsp of white vinegar like other people recommended. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
06/10/2005
This recipe was easy to make. I subsituted the milk for soy milk and the meat for ground turkey. This recipe was way to sweet for my family I think next time I will use half the sugar. Read More
(6)
Rating: 4 stars
04/17/2008
I used 2 pounds of gound elk and 1 pound of lean ground beef. My family is picky and they ate them with out complaint. I will definately make them again. I also used Splenda Brown Sugar because my husband is diabetic and it brings down the carbohydrate count. Read More
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