Friday, April 26, 2013

Family Recipe Friday : Sweet & Sour Meatballs

Another recipe from Mom:

Sweet and Sour Meatballs 

After I had eaten sweet and sour meatballs at a Elks style show in the 70s or 80s, I searched for a recipe that called for ingredients that I usually had on hand.   I found this recipe in a  Farm Journal Cookbook.  It became a great recipe for family pitch-ins. I have probably given out this recipe to more people than any recipe that I have.   You can make it ahead of time.  Let meat balls bake or use store-bought meatballs while you fix the unusual sauce--quick and easy .

    3-4 cups bread crumbs                                          
    2 pounds ground beef                                           
    1/2 cup chopped onions                                         
    1/2 teaspoon garlic salt                                       
    1/4 teaspoon pepper                                            
    1 teaspoon salt                                                
    2 eggs slightly beaten     

    Sweet-Sour Sauce for beef     
Moisten bread crumbs slightly.  Combine with remaining ingredients, except Sweet-Sour Sauce.  Shape in balls the size of walnuts (1 /2"); place in jelly roll pan (15 1/2"x10 1/2"x 1").  (Or brown balls in skillet containing a little hot fat).  Bake in very hot oven (450) 15-18 minutes.
Place balls in Sweet-Sour Sauce for Beef and simmer 10 minutes.  If balls are made ahead, add sauce to them and heat in the overn for 15 minutes. 
 Makes about 36 meat balls, 8-9 servings.


1 (1lb.12oz.) can tomatoes (about 3 1/2 c.)
1 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
1/4 cup vinegar
1 tsp. grated onion
10 ginersnaps, crushed

Combine all ingredients.  Cook to boiling.  Makes enough sauce for 36 (1 1/2") meat balls.

Family Recipe Friday - is an opportunity to share your family recipes with fellow bloggers and foodies alike.  Whether it's an old fashioned recipe passed down through generations, a recipe uncovered through your family history research, or a discovered recipe that embraces your ancestral heritage share them of Family Recipe Friday.  This series was suggested by Lynn Palermo of The Armchair Genealogist.

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