My grandmother's meatballs--always a treat at Christmas and one of our family favorites! Season meatballs as you would a hamburger.

Catherine Parnell-Proulx
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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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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

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  • Beat egg and water in a bowl; add ground beef, bread crumbs, salt, and black pepper to eggs and mix thoroughly. Form ground beef mixture into bite-size meatballs; place meatballs into a large baking dish.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until meatballs are browned and no longer pink inside, 25 to 30 minutes.

  • Mix ketchup, beef bouillon, and vinegar in a large saucepan or Dutch oven. Combine brown sugar and cornstarch in a small bowl and stir brown sugar mixture into ketchup mixture. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, and stir until sauce is thickened and bubbling and brown sugar has dissolved, about 5 minutes. Add meatballs to sauce, stir until coated, and serve.

Nutrition Facts

160 calories; 6.1 g total fat; 46 mg cholesterol; 431 mg sodium. 17.2 g carbohydrates; 9.3 g protein; Full Nutrition

Reviews (17)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
12/26/2012
I made this for Christmas it was a Big Hit Thank You!!!:-) the only things I did different were I put finely grated onion garlic parmesan-romano cheese and a package of real bacon bits in to the meat mixture and used 1 lb ground chuck and 1 lb of ground pork sausage. The sauce I didn't change at all it was incredible people were dipping into it even after the meat balls were gone!!! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
01/07/2018
This recipe was so bad that after five years of being on here I ve decided to leave my first review. The sauce in itself was terrible and tasted only of ketchup and vinegar but would ve been excusable if the meatballs were good. Spoiler alert: they were just as bad. I m only leaving this because I feel as though I was led on by everyone s high rating and I don t want another user to suffer through the same dinner my bf and I did. Read More
21 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 11
  • 4 star values: 8
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
12/26/2012
I made this for Christmas it was a Big Hit Thank You!!!:-) the only things I did different were I put finely grated onion garlic parmesan-romano cheese and a package of real bacon bits in to the meat mixture and used 1 lb ground chuck and 1 lb of ground pork sausage. The sauce I didn't change at all it was incredible people were dipping into it even after the meat balls were gone!!! Read More
(8)
Rating: 5 stars
12/26/2012
I made this for Christmas it was a Big Hit Thank You!!!:-) the only things I did different were I put finely grated onion garlic parmesan-romano cheese and a package of real bacon bits in to the meat mixture and used 1 lb ground chuck and 1 lb of ground pork sausage. The sauce I didn't change at all it was incredible people were dipping into it even after the meat balls were gone!!! Read More
(8)
Rating: 4 stars
02/01/2013
Very Good taste. My husband said that it was superb. I did put some onion into my meat mixture. This is going to be a regular in my kitchen. Thanks Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/13/2013
I used Italian breadcrumbs rather than just the bread and I added garlic powder to the meatballs. Certainly you could add whatever you like in your meatballs. I like the sauce and especially appreciate that it calls for ingredients I keep on hand. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/29/2014
I prepared exactly as written. I just wish I could give it more stars. Next time I might try adding some pineapple red onion green and yellow bell peppers carrots etc. Definitely not necessary tho. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/23/2012
Delicious. My husband said they were the best he ever had. Which is good because I've never made sweet and sour meatballs! Only minor changes I made were to add chopped onions to the meat mixture used less water with the eggs and used bread crumbs instead of bread. Adjust the brown sugar based on how sweet you like things. I used a little less Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/06/2013
I made this sauce it was delicious!! It had just the right balance of sweet and sour. The meatball recipe looked a little bland so I used my own. I added steak spice seasoning salt italian bread crumbs and 2 eggs to my ground beef the meatballs got rave reviews:) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/02/2015
My husband had made up his own recipe of sweet and sour and we loved it so we were hesitant to try something new. We are glad we did!!! We make this EXACTLY like the recipe except I put in a good quality frozen meatball instead of making my own(omit ingredients for meatballs if you use frozen) and make the sauce just like it says and then we put it all in the crockpot on high for several hours. I am sure it is delicious with the homemade meatballs too but I used the frozen to save on time. They are delicious! Everyone loves them. Even my daughter who is picky about sweet and sour. Try it! It is a keeper for us. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/14/2015
Make them the night before to reduce the ketchup flavor. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/28/2019
Was a great sweet & sour sauce recipe. Being me I tweaked things a bit by adding maybe 1/2 C 7Up and a quarter of a lemon squeezed a sprinkle of cayenne. Used a touch more corn starch to compensate. I too used store-bought frozen meatballs (Swedish -as they have the least overpowering flavours vs. Italian style for example. Made if for High school boys hockey team Thanksgiving dinner as a meat side dish. Son says will be well received! Edit: nov 28th cooked these in dutch oven on stovetop. Kept near frozen over 2 nites. Reheated today (stovetop same dutch oven they were still in) to transport to dinner location and then ladled into preheated CrockPot. As one reviewer said they taste better the next day (less catsup-y). Will definitely reuse this easy recipe! Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
01/07/2018
This recipe was so bad that after five years of being on here I ve decided to leave my first review. The sauce in itself was terrible and tasted only of ketchup and vinegar but would ve been excusable if the meatballs were good. Spoiler alert: they were just as bad. I m only leaving this because I feel as though I was led on by everyone s high rating and I don t want another user to suffer through the same dinner my bf and I did. Read More