Sweet and Sour Meatballs

by , May 5, 2017
sweet and sour meatballs
Diana Rattray

These baked meatballs are finished with an easy Asian flavored sauce mixture. The meatballs make a tasty meal with rice or serve them as an appetizer. The recipe makes about 5 dozen meatballs. Freeze half of the meatballs and scale the sauce down for a smaller meal or party.

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes



  1. Heat oven to 350 F.
  2. Line a large rimmed baking sheet or roasting pan with foil. Spray a rack with nonstick cooking spray and place it in the pan.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the ground beef, bread crumbs, salt, garlic powder, ginger, and egg; mix until well blended. Shape the beef mixture into 1-inch meatballs.
  4. Arrange the meatballs on the rack in the prepared pan.
  5. Bake the meatballs for 25 minutes, or until the meatballs are no longer pink inside. To test, insert an instant-read thermometer into a few of the meatballs. They should register at least 160 F. If you happen to use ground poultry in the meatballs, the minimum safe temperature is 165 F.
  6. Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan, combine the preserves, soy sauce, peanut butter, sesame oil, vinegar, and chili-garlic paste. Cook, stirring occasionally, until hot. Add the meatballs and bell pepper strips. Cover and cook until pepper strips are just tender, about 3 to 5 minutes.
  7. Serve with rice or serve as an appetizer.
  8. Makes about 5 dozen meatballs.

5 Dozen

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