This recipe has been a closely guarded family secret for over 20 years, we make them every Christmas and they're always a hit. I've decided they're too good not to share.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
30 mins
cook:
1 hr
total:
1 hr 30 mins
Servings:
30
Yield:
30 servings
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Ingredients

30
Original recipe yields 30 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Sweet and Sour Sauce

Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

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  • Place the sausage in a large bowl and mix in the chestnuts, green onion, 1/2 cup of soy sauce, eggs, garlic powder, and breadcrumbs. Roll the mixture into 1 to 1 1/2 inch balls and place on a broiler pan. Bake in the oven for 1 hour. When done, place the meatballs in a slow cooker.

  • While meatballs are cooking, prepare the sweet and sour sauce by stirring together the sugar and cornstarch in a large saucepan. Pour in vinegar, pineapple juice, ketchup, and soy sauce to taste. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, then reduce heat to low, and simmer until thickened. Pour sauce over meatballs, and keep warm in the slow cooker.

Nutrition Facts

288 calories; protein 12.7g 25% DV; carbohydrates 25g 8% DV; fat 15.3g 24% DV; cholesterol 48.4mg 16% DV; sodium 1056.4mg 42% DV. Full Nutrition

Reviews (9)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
12/23/2006
This is my recipe so I didn't wat to rate it but I had to in order to post this comment. I made them last night and added a tablespoon of ginger puree to the meat mixture and it was delicious. I made just a half batch because there were only 6 of us and they were gone by 9pm! Read More
(14)

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
06/01/2008
I used crushed pineapple juice. Kids liked it but I was not impressed. Read More
(5)
12 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 5
  • 4 star values: 4
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
12/23/2006
This is my recipe so I didn't wat to rate it but I had to in order to post this comment. I made them last night and added a tablespoon of ginger puree to the meat mixture and it was delicious. I made just a half batch because there were only 6 of us and they were gone by 9pm! Read More
(14)
Rating: 3 stars
06/01/2008
I used crushed pineapple juice. Kids liked it but I was not impressed. Read More
(5)
Rating: 1 stars
02/07/2007
OMG! Did I read that right...2 cups of vinegar??? The only way to make this edible was to wipe the sauce off the meatballs. Nope will not make this again. Sorry! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/03/2010
Big hit EVERY TIME! I have ommitted the waterchestnuts only beacuse they were basically in the meatballs to give texture as they dont give any real taste to the meatball...but thats just my opinion. But they are a huge hit every single time i have made them! Read More
(3)
Rating: 3 stars
10/20/2010
I only used 1 cup of vinegar added a can of crushed pinapple in place of the juice only 1 cup of sugar and added a can of diced tomatoes. Next time I will cut back on the ketchup as well. Read More
(2)
Rating: 5 stars
01/09/2007
This was really good. My husband is really picky and he said they were good...I would recommend this recipe. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/03/2008
Very good recipe! Very sweet but I like that. Will make again as my hubby loved it too. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/23/2007
We add some diced pineapple and diced green pepper to the sauce Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/14/2007
We made these for my parent's 50th anniversary party and everyone raved. Will make these again for sure! Read More