I found frozen meatballs as I was unpacking our grocery bags. Obviously A grabbed a pack as it says ‘Italian Meatballs.’ Oh well I know right away it can’t be truly Italian. I fried a ball and yeah it has some Chinese sausage flavor in it. Not bad. Not bad but definitely un-Italian. I’m quite sure if I serve them plain and fried with ketchup they’d eat only few pieces. (Or maybe I am speaking for myself hehehehe…) And so my sweet and sour sauce saves the day! Also good for lumpiang shanghai, fried chicken nuggets, etc.
A pack of frozen meatballs
1 cup of pineapple juice
1/4 cup of ketchup
2 tbsp sugar
1/4 cup of vinegar
2 tbsp soy sauce
Salt & pepper
1 tsp cornstarch
3-4 tbsp of minced garlic
1/2 cup of water
Heat oil in a non-stick pan until smoking hot. Roll the meatballs over high heat until brown. Do not overcook or the meatballs will become too dry. Drain and set aside.
In a saucepan, mix the rest of the ingredients and bring to boil. You may throw in few if not all of the pre-cooked meatballs and simmer until the sauce is thick. I serve it with blanched asparagus and plain rice.
I either steam or blanch asparagus. To blanch, drop cut or trimmed asparagus into a pot of boiling water and cook for about 2 minutes depending on how thick the stalks are. Transfer to a strainer and dip into a bowl of ice water or under running cold water to stop the cooking process. Serve these crispy blanched veggies.
And just in case you wanna cook home-made meatballs… here’s the recipe:
Ingredients for Home-made Meatballs:
Lean ground beef (or pork)
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 cup bread crumbs
Freshly ground peppercorns
Combine the above ingredients and mix thoroughly using your fingers until smooth. Shape into 1-inch diameter balls. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
Heat oil in a non-stick pan until smoking hot. Roll the meatballs over high heat to firm them out and until brown. Again, do not overcook or the meatballs will become too dry. Drain and set aside. Cook the sauce and meatballs as indicated above. Enjoy!
11 thoughts on “Meatballs in Sweet & Sour Sauce”
You may insert some kind of cheese or herb in the meatballs much like a burger. Imagine how the cheese will melt in your mouth when you bite the meatball.:)
Thanks for droppin’ by. I like the new template of your website. Keep it up. Should you need recipes about desserts,let me know.
Hi erwin! I will surely try that… sounds really great! Cheese in it!
Hi KC! Welcome back to the blogosphere!
And thanks! Glad you like this blog’s new look
That looks amazing Ms. Iska! I will try your version
Hi, Iska. Musta na? I will try this meatball recipe.
Looks great, will be really helpful for a cooking project.
hi.. thanks for this recipe.. I am a beginner in the food business… i appreciate the easy to follow recipes… i just hope the number of servings/recipe can be included… thanks…
I’m glad I’m helpful to your food business. usually, what I cook and show here is good for 4. Pinoy homestyle serving.