This sweet sauce is great any night of the week! My kids love it! Great served with rice or potatoes.

Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
45 mins
total:
55 mins
Servings:
5
Yield:
20 meatballs
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Ingredients

5
Original recipe yields 5 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9x9 inch baking dish and set aside.

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  • Form ground beef into 20 meatballs. Brown them on all sides in a large skillet over medium heat, about 15 minutes.

  • Whisk together the ketchup, cornstarch, water, sugar, vinegar, dry mustard, salt, and soy sauce in a bowl until the sugar is dissolved and the cornstarch is smooth.

  • Place the browned meatballs in the prepared baking dish, and pour the sauce over them. Bake 30 to 40 minutes in the preheated oven, until the sauce is thickened and the meatballs are cooked through.

Nutrition Facts

402 calories; protein 23.6g 47% DV; carbohydrates 28.3g 9% DV; fat 21.5g 33% DV; cholesterol 83.5mg 28% DV; sodium 1237.4mg 50% DV. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
03/02/2009
Good but the sugar needs to be reduced to 3 tablespoons and I prefer brown to white. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
02/09/2009
VERY sweet...I used half the sugar required and it was still a bit too much sweetness. But a very easy-to-make recipe and an interesting variation to the usual sweet/sour or regular meatball. Read More
(26)
67 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 39
  • 4 star values: 23
  • 3 star values: 4
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
03/02/2009
Good but the sugar needs to be reduced to 3 tablespoons and I prefer brown to white. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/23/2009
These were very good. Exactly what I expected. Sweet and tangy. I will make them again and expirament a bit by using brown sugar instead of white. I did bake them quite a bit longer because I wanted the sauce to get extra thick. Next time I will either use a little more corn starch or a little less water to get the sauce to more of a glaze consistency quicker. My 15mo old loved them as well. I used another meatball recipe from this website so that the meatballs weren't just plain hamburger... Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
02/09/2009
VERY sweet...I used half the sugar required and it was still a bit too much sweetness. But a very easy-to-make recipe and an interesting variation to the usual sweet/sour or regular meatball. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/08/2009
Yummy! Loved how the tops of the meatballs turned golden brown in the oven - I made sure to drench them in sauce every few mintues so the tops didn't dry out. Added just a bit of honey as well to my sauce for added thickness...very good will make again! Thanks! Read More
(18)
Rating: 4 stars
04/06/2009
I will be cooking this for the second time this evening my 3 year old couldn't get enough and she is a infuriatingly picky eater. Only 1 change and I did this the first time: replace the soy sauce with balsamic vinegar. Read More
(16)
Rating: 5 stars
03/30/2011
I'm the writer of this recipe and I just wanted to share that I do mix my meatballs as I would regularly, with onion, garlic, salt/pepper, an egg, and oatmeal. Sorry for the confusion, thanks for the compliments! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/14/2011
I'm glad I read the other reviews as I'm pretty sure it would have been WAY too sweet if I'd put all that sugar in it! I reduced the sugar to 2 tbsp and used dark brown sugar. I subbed flour for cornstarch just because I didn't have any cornstarch and I used apple cider vinegar for "vinegar." I threw Ikea frozen meatballs in it and baked them for about 20 minutes at 450 (although I probably could have done 15 if my oven told me when it was preheated). It was the perfect amount of sauce for 1 bag of Ikea meatballs.:) This recipe was really a great jumping off point though! I think that the soy sauce mustard apple cider vinegar and dark brown sugar really made it. Thanks for the recipe! Read More
(15)
Rating: 5 stars
06/14/2010
Great recipe for sure! I did alter it just a bit though... I followed the other reviews and added about a 1/4 C of brown sugar and that worked great. I used apple cider vinegar and I did add just a little seasoned salt to the meat. Oh and I used buffalo meat instead of ground beef and that worked out great too. I noticed I omitted the salt-- didn't need any I thought! And I did add about 1/2 C of instant wild rice to the meat as well. My 2 1/2 year old son loved them- wanted more! Will definitely make again.:D Read More
(14)
Rating: 5 stars
04/29/2010
My husband and kids could not get enough of this! It was great. I was in a hurry and used frozen meatballs--still turned out great. I also used brown sugar instead of white. Will definately make again. Read More
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