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Sweet and Sour Meatballs in Sauce

Rated as 4.12 out of 5 Stars

"A family recipe (from my mother-in-law) for a unique twist on traditional meatballs. These are baked in a wonderful tomato-based sweet and sour sauce, which is delicious over rice! I doubled the original sauce recipe. We love extra sauce, and this recipe will make a lot."
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Ingredients

1 h 20 m servings 597 cals
Original recipe yields 6 servings (12 large meatballs)

Directions

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  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Mix the ground beef, eggs, bread crumbs, onion, milk, salt, and black pepper together in a large mixing bowl until evenly combined. Form the mixture into 12 large meatballs. Arrange the meatballs into a 9x13-inch baking dish.
  3. Stir the ketchup, tomato sauce, water, brown sugar, white sugar, Worcestershire sauce, Italian seasoning, and chili powder together in a saucepan over medium heat; cook and stir until well combined and hot, about 5 minutes. Pour the tomato sauce mixture over the meatballs in the baking dish. Turn the meatballs to coat in the sauce.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven until the meatballs are cooked through and no longer pink in the center, 60 to 90 minutes.

Footnotes

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  • Aluminum foil helps keep food moist, ensures it cooks evenly, keeps leftovers fresh, and makes clean-up easy.

Nutrition Facts


Per Serving: 597 calories; 17.5 g fat; 84.8 g carbohydrates; 28.3 g protein; 133 mg cholesterol; 1621 mg sodium. Full nutrition

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Absolutely delicious!! The sauce was to die for. I didn't have enough ketchup so I substituted a cup of the ketchup for Lucille's Original BBQ sauce. It was fabulous! Thank you for this wonderfu...

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We didn't love this recipe at all. I'm sad to say the meatballs had no flavor and it made a ton of sauce that also had no flavor. It was edible so we ate it and I was asked by my husband and s...

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Absolutely delicious!! The sauce was to die for. I didn't have enough ketchup so I substituted a cup of the ketchup for Lucille's Original BBQ sauce. It was fabulous! Thank you for this wonderfu...

Just tried this and we love it - didn't change a thing - the meat balls were nice and tender - my meat balls must have been smaller - theyvtook a half hour at 350 filing this under YUM! thx

Holy cow these are a huge hit in my house!! The only thing I did different was I browned the meatballs in a frying pan with a bit of olive oil. It was very easy to make and I tripled the recipe!...

I thought this tasted pretty good. It was something different. The sauce ingredients seemed kind of odd to me at first, but they made a nice flavored sweet and sour ketchup sauce. I used lean gr...

I did this a little differently, and instead of throwing everything into the oven, I let it simmer on the stove while I prepared and fried the meatballs, and then tossed the meat into the sauce ...

Loved this recipe! At first I thought the sauce was way too sweet but once it cooled and I kept eating it, it wasn't so bad. I served this over rice and my husband just gobbled this up! It was a...

i only give it 4 stars because i think its needs some vinegar or lemon juice to bring out that tart sour taste to cut through the sweet. other than that i wouldnt change anything about it even m...

We really enjoyed this although it is very sweet. I might cut back a bit on the sugar next time. There was enough sauce to completely fill the 9x13 dish. I noticed the contributor said she dou...

We didn't love this recipe at all. I'm sad to say the meatballs had no flavor and it made a ton of sauce that also had no flavor. It was edible so we ate it and I was asked by my husband and s...