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Sweet and Sour Meatballs Recipe - Great Appetizer

Updated on September 19, 2014

The Best Appetizer Recipe - Sweet and Sour Meatballs

Starting your get together off right with sweet and sour meatballs as the perfect appetizer will be a huge hit. I have made these many times and write a few recipe cards out ahead of time as the requests for the recipe always seem to come.

One of my favorite things about these meatballs is that they can be made ahead and heated the day of the event. This makes service very easy. I serve these in a chafing dish with toothpicks and a long fork for serving.

You can trust this recipe to be a home run with even the pickiest of eaters. My grandkids even like them!

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Meatball Makers are a Huge Help


  • Prep time: 30 min
  • Cook time: 30 min
  • Ready in: 1 hour
  • Yields: A Party


  • 3 lbs Lean ground beef
  • 1/2 lbs. Chopped almonds (fry in salt & butter for 5 minutes)
  • 1 cup Bread crumbs
  • 2 Eggs
  • 2 Cloves garlic (minced)
  • 3 tbsps Soy sauce
  • 1 tsp Tobasco Sauce
  • 1 tsp Nutmeg
  • 1 Carrot (grated)


  1. Form into tiny meatballs (appetizer size) and roll in cornstarch.
  2. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-30 minutes until done.
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Cook Time

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Serves: 15 - 20 forappetizers

Sweet and Sour Sauce

Makes a great dish to serve on a buffet table or as an appetizer.

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  • 1 cup Pineapple juice
  • 1 large can Crushed pineapple
  • 1/2 cup Soy Sauce
  • 4 tbsps Cornstarch
  • 1 cup Water
  • 1 1/2 cups Granulated sugar
  • 1 cup Vinegar


  1. Combine all ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Turn down heat and simmer for 10 minutes stirring often.
  2. Add cooked meatballs and serve in an attractive chafing dish or serving bowl with toothpicks.
  3. Makes great appetizers or buffet addition.

Serve in Style - Perfect for your next party table.

Chafing dishes make the perfect addition to your party table. They keep your food, meatballs included, warm and tasty during a buffet/appetizer service.

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Different Grades of Ground Beef

It is interesting to learn the different grades of meat and it helps you to choose the correct grade for the dish you are making.

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Quality Grades of Beef

There are five USDA Grades for Meat

  1. Prime Grade is produced from young, well-fed beef cattle. It has abundant marbling and is generally sold in restaurants and hotels.
  2. Choice Gradeis high quality, but has less marbling than Prime. This is a very moist and flavorful grade of beef.
  3. Select Grade is very uniform in quality and normally leaner than the higher grades. It has less marbling and may have less flavor and tenderness than a higher grade.
  4. Standard and Commercial Grades are oftensold as ungraded or as "store brand" meat.
  5. Utility, Cutter, and Canner Grades are rarely sold in supermarkets and used mainly for processed foods.

Gluten Free Meatball Version

Gluten can be dangerous for people with celiac disease (my daughter) so I have a gluten free meatball twist to share with you that is so good. Use the same recipe for the meatballs above but instead of breadcrumbs use 1/2 Cup Gluten free breadcrumbs , Garbanzo Flour or Almond Flour (for low-carb) Try them and enjoy!

These meatballs are perfect for my Sweet and Sour recipe too.

Baking Pan Tip

I like to cook meatballs in the oven. A little trick I use is to crumple some heavy duty foil and line the pan before baking. The crumpled aluminum foil traps any grease from the meatball making them lean and fat free.

Cooking Meatballs on the Grill

Did you know you can cook meatballs easily on your grill? Great when there's a bar-b-que going on in the yard or when there's a power outage in the kitchen!

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    • Charito1962 profile image

      Charito Maranan-Montecillo 3 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      I like meatballs on my spaghetti!

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      Mary Norton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Love meatballs and we always try out new sauces for them.

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      moonlitta 4 years ago

      Always love it when it turns to be "cloudy with a chance of meatballs""...:)

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      Tom 4 years ago

      Never had sweet and sour meatballs, but they sound really good.

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      GrammieOlivia 4 years ago

      Great Lens, lots of great information. Thank you!

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      MartieG aka 'survivoryea' 4 years ago from Jersey Shore

      @Mickie Gee: Hi Mickie - The cornstarch makes for a crispier meatball and does very well when served in a sauce. I like that pan also and it is on my wish list!

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      Mickie Goad 4 years ago

      I notice that you roll your meatballs in cornstarch before baking. Is there a reason to do that? I also am intrigued by the meatball baking pan you featured. Love the way it says it will keep the meatballs out of the grease! Oh yes!

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      rattie lm 4 years ago

      Meat balls are a wonderful way of enticing children to eat.

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      Jo-Jackson 4 years ago

      I love meatballs for parties.

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      dawnsnewbeginning 4 years ago

      Yum, these look delicious!

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      Clairissa 4 years ago from OREFIELD, PA

      These look so yummy! I will have to give them a try. Great recipe.