Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Sweet-Sour Cocktail Meatballs

These are my "famous" "Patti's Meatballs"!  Everytime we have a party or a get-together, I am asked to bring these along.  I have been making this recipe for years and we still never tire of them.  I bought a Pillsbury paperback cookbook, "Winter Food for Friends" and have used several recipes from that book for appetizers and snacks.  I hope you'll try them for your next party - I guarantee everyone will love them!


  • 20 oz. can pineapple chunks, drained, reserving liquid
  • 3/4 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 1 tsp. minced garlic
  • 1 egg, slightly beaten
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1/2 lb. ground pork
  • 1 small green pepper, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 1-1/4 cups sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. cornstarch
  • 1 tsp. chicken-flavor bouillon
  • 1 cup liquid (remaining pineapple liquid plus water)
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.  Measure 1/3 cup of reserved pineapple liquid; set remaining liquid aside.  In a large bowl, combine 1/3 cup pineapple liquid, breadcrumbs and garlic; blend well.  Add egg and ground meats and mix well.  Shape into 1-inch balls; place on ungreased baking pan and bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until browned and thoroughly baked.

In a medium saucepan, combine sugar, cornstarch and bouillon.  Add remaining sauce ingredients.  Cook and stir over medium-high heat until thickened and bubbly.  Add pineapple chunks and green pepper; cook until thoroughly heated.

Using a slotted spoon, transfer hot meatballs into serving dish.  Add warm green pepper and pineapple mixture and mix gently.

~Adapted from Pillsbury - Winter Food for Friends
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8 comments:

  1. love the sweet and sour combo... peppers and pineapple are a perfect match~

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  2. I have never prepared sweet and sour meatballs Patti, only Italian style. I do like them and hubby enjoys them even more. Will have to try this out, they look fabulous!

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  3. EVERYTIME I HAVE PEOPLE COMING OVER I ASK PAT TO BRING THIS AMAZING MEATBALLS... I JUST LOVE THEM AND EVERYONE WHO EATS THEM AT MY PARTY TOO.
    THANK SO MUCH PATTI, IM SURE WHO EVER TRY TO MAKE THIS DISH AT HOME WILL FALL IN LOVE JUST LIKE I DID.... =-))

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  4. Wowsers - those do look good! I am one of those people who will literally stand by meatballs if they are at a party. I can't help myself. These sound like they would be absolutely fantastic!

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  5. i NOW have a new recipe for sweeet & sour sauce! i didnt have the chicken cube,so i omitted it. it was awesome!
    i had it with my own homemade meatballs & NEXT time im going 2 use chicken! thank u 4 the new recipe!!!!!

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  6. Love the pic....and the recipe sounds delicious! I'm your newest follower!

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  7. These have me drooling this afternoon - I want to make a batch of these up soon! Yumm!

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