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Sweet and Sour Meatballs
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
25 mins
 

This Sweet and Sour Meatball recipe is our family's favorite. This includes quick and easy pressure cooker instructions and stove-top. It can be served as a meal over rice or as a appetizers. Click here now for the recipe featured on popular Los Angeles foodie blog Oh So Delicioso!

Course: dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: sweet and sour meatballs
Servings: 12 people
Calories: 252 kcal
Author: Desarae
Ingredients
Meatballs
  • 2 lb lean ground beef or ground turkey
  • 1/2 cup seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1 tsp onion salt
  • 1 tsp garlic salt
  • 1 tsp dried oregano leaves
  • 2 egg slightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup sour cream*
Meatball sauce
  • 1 cup heinz chili sauce usually on the top shelf by ketchup
  • 1 cup red currant or grape jelly
    (usually the whole bottle)
  • 1/2* cup water
Instructions
Stove Top Instructions
  1. Combine beef/turkey, bread crumbs, egg, onion salt, milk, garlic salt, cheese, oregano to form bite size meatballs. Brown meatballs in a little oil and drain excess fat.

  2. Brown on all sides, but since you will be simmering in the sauce for 20 minutes they don't need to be cooked through.

  3. In separate bowl combine chili sauce, jelly, and water pour over meatballs in the fry pan. Heat stirring occasionally until jelly is melted. Simmer for 10-15 minutes until sauce has thickened. Serve with rice, or as appetizer in chaffing dish or fondue pot.
Pressure Cooker Instructions
  1. Combine beef/turkey, bread crumbs, egg, onion salt, milk, garlic salt , oregano to form bite size meatballs. Loosely pack them into instant pot.

  2. In separate bowl combine chili sauce, jelly- pour over meatballs and seal lid. Cook High 10 minutes, quick release. Simmer on saute setting if you want your sauce to thicken. 

Slow Cooker Instructions
  1. Combine beef/turkey, bread crumbs, egg, onion salt, milk, garlic salt , oregano to form bite size meatballs. Loosely pack them into slow cooker. In separate bowl combine chili sauce, jelly- pour over meatballs and seal lid. Cook on low for 6-8 hours or hight for 3-4

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

DO I HAVE TO MAKE HOMEMADE MEATBALLS? 

NO! you can use your favorite meatballs from the store. WHAT ARE THE BEST FROZEN MEATBALLS? We love Rosina homestyle or itialan-style meatballs. I do highly recommend making homemade meatballs however, their flavor and texture are so much better. 

WHERE CAN I FIND CHILI SAUCE? 

Chili sauce can be found by the ketchup in the condiments isle! I usually spot it on the top shelf. 

PROTIP: to keep the meatballs uniform use a cookie scoop or melon baller to scoop your meatballs then roll them with your hands. 

WHAT DO YOU SERVE WITH MEATBALLS? 

These easy sweet and sour meatballs go AMAZING with

  • jasmine rice
  • mashed potatoes
  • a great bread and
  • roasted veggies
Nutrition Facts
Sweet and Sour Meatballs
Amount Per Serving
Calories 252 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 77mg26%
Sodium 892mg39%
Potassium 368mg11%
Carbohydrates 28g9%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 17g19%
Protein 22g44%
Vitamin A 315IU6%
Vitamin C 6mg7%
Calcium 88mg9%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.