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Sweet sour meatballs in pan with sauce and parsley on top.
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Easy Sweet and Sour Meatballs

This Sweet and Sour Meatball recipe is our family's favorite. Use the quick and easy pressure cooker, slow cooker, or stovetop instructions. It can be served as a meal over rice or as an appetizer for parties or gatherings.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: dinner
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12 people
Calories: 252kcal

Ingredients

Meatballs

  • 2 lb lean ground beef or ground turkey
  • ½ cup seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon onion salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
  • 2 egg slightly beaten
  • ½ cup parmesan cheese
  • ½ 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)
  • ½* cup water

Instructions

Stove Top Instructions

  • Combine ground beef or turkey, breadcrumbs, egg, onion salt, milk, garlic salt, cheese, and oregano. Mix together until fully combined.
  • Shape the meat into bite-sized meatballs. Brown meatballs in a little oil and drain excess fat.
  • Brown on all sides, but since you will be simmering in the sauce for 20 minutes they don't need to be cooked through.
  • In a separate bowl combine chili sauce, jelly, and water and pour over meatballs in the frying pan. Heat stirring occasionally until jelly is melted. Simmer for 10-15 minutes until sauce has thickened. Serve with rice, or as anappetizer in chafing dish or fondue pot.

Pressure Cooker Instructions

  • Combine ground beef or turkey, bread crumbs, egg, onion salt, milk, garlic salt and oregano. Mix together well.
  • Form the mixture into bite-size meatballs. Loosely pack them into an instant pot.
  • In a separate bowl combine chili sauce and jelly. Pour over meatballs and seal the lid. Cook on high for 10 minutes, then use ick release. Simmer on saute setting if you want your sauce to thicken. 

Slow Cooker Instructions

  • Combine ground beef or turkey, bread crumbs, egg, onion salt, milk, garlic salt and oregano. Mix well.
  • Shape the meat into bite-size meatballs. Loosely pack them into a slow cooker.
  • In a separate bowl combine chili sauce and jelly. Pour over meatballs and cover with a lid. Cook on low for 6-8 hours or high for 3-4 hours.

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Notes

  • For same-sized meatballs, use a scoop, tablespoon measure or melon ball to measure out the meat and shape it into balls.
  • Use lean ground meat to make healthier meatballs. If using fattier beef, I suggest browning them first and draining off the extra fat before adding the sauce.
  • Add some parsley. To the meatball mixture and on top for a splash of color and a bit of additional flavor.

Nutrition

Calories: 252kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 77mg | Sodium: 892mg | Potassium: 368mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 315IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 88mg | Iron: 1mg