Sweet and Sour Meatballs

Appetizers · Main Dishes · Recipes · October 5, 2017

Sweet and Sour Meatballs - frozen meatballs and pineapple chunks covered in a DELICIOUS homemade sweet and sour sauce!! A recipe the whole family will love!

Hey guys! You know how, as a child, you’re super picky and wont eat anything that’s not “normal,”but as you grow up, your taste buds change and you start liking new things? Well, mine pulled a Peter Pan and decided they never wanted to grow up… except for a FEW things – like meatballs! Did you guys grow up going to wedding receptions and wondering why they always had big, nasty, sauced-up chunks of meat? I did! The idea of meatballs, just wasn’t my thing. But as a grown up (riiiiight!), I LOVE them. There are so many different varieties, it’s super exciting and tasty!

When I saw these Sweet and Sour Meatballs on the menu for one our Lil Luna recipe days, I may or may not have skipped breakfast, knowing I would devour them up. 🙂 Sure enough, I did! They were so delicious and very simple to put together. We decided to leave out the sriracha sauce, but I’m all for adding it back in next time (because there WILL be a next time!) Since Chinese New Year is coming up next month, we wanted to make sure you had lots of Asian recipes to choose from here on the site. And who am I kidding? We love eating Asian food all year long, so hopefully you can give these beauties a try because we’ve added them to our monthly meal rotation.

Sweet and Sour Meatballs - frozen meatballs and pineapple chunks covered in a DELICIOUS homemade sweet and sour sauce!! A recipe the whole family will love!Sweet and Sour Meatballs - frozen meatballs and pineapple chunks covered in a DELICIOUS homemade sweet and sour sauce!! A recipe the whole family will love!

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Sweet and Sour Meatballs - frozen meatballs and pineapple chunks covered in a DELICIOUS homemade sweet and sour sauce!! A recipe the whole family will love!
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Recipe type: Dinner/Main Dish
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • ½ cup brown sugar, loosely packed
  • ½ cup rice wine vinegar
  • ¼ cup ketchup
  • 1 TB soy sauce
  • 2¼ cups pineapple juice
  • 1 TB cornstarch
  • One 25-count bag All-Purpose Meatballs (still frozen is fine)
  • 1 cup drained small pineapple chunks
  • Rice for serving
  • 2 TB sliced green onions, for garnish
Instructions
  1. Add brown sugar, vinegar, ketchup, soy sauce and 2 cups of pineapple juice to a large skillet over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil.
  2. In a small bowl, mix cornstarch and remaining ¼ cup pineapple juice together, whisking to get out all the lumps. Whisk into your skillet and add Meatballs. Bring to a simmer. Cover and cook 8-10 minutes, until sauce has thickened and the meatballs are heated through. Stir in pineapple chunks. Serve warm over rice.

Adapted from foodnetwork.com

Sweet and Sour Meatballs - frozen meatballs and pineapple chunks covered in a DELICIOUS homemade sweet and sour sauce!! A recipe the whole family will love!
Tried and True Findings:
  • DIFFICULTY: easy
  • HOW MANY DOES IT FEED: 6-8
  • ANY CHANGES MADE: No sriracha, used regular soy sauce, used minute rice
  • ANY SUGGESTIONS FOR NEXT TIME: none
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    Baker

    Added half a can of crushed pineapple to sauce, 1/4 cup ketchup,and all the juice from the canned pineapple(1/2 cup) with 1 cup water. Excellent and will make again! – Zomick’s

      Lil' Luna

      Sounds yum! Thanks so much for trying it! Glad you liked it 🙂

    Net worthier

    These meatballs look really good.

      Lil' Luna

      They are!!! Hope you’ll give them a try! I’d love to know what you think 🙂

    Samilla Laws

    This will be dinner tonight for my family of 6!! I may double the recipe so the kids can take some for lunch.

      Lil' Luna

      Hope you all enjoy them!!! Thanks so much for stopping by!

    Mary

    The display is so pretty. Why did you omit putting in the peppers in your recipe

      Lil' Luna

      I did add peppers, but they are the red and yellow ones 🙂

        Cindi

        At what point did you add the peppers? Making this tonight. Looks yummy!

          Lil' Luna

          Oh, sorry. When I add the meatballs 🙂 Hope that helps!

    Shalamova

    Sooo Yummy In Eating As Like As In Looking
    Thanks @lilluna
    Your Recipes Always Rocks

      Lil' Luna

      You’re welcome! I hope you’ll give it a try! Thank you!

    Skipper

    Thankyou. No seriously. THANK YOU!!! I made this up and added a few more veggies for my veggie loving kids – and kept the meatballs for my carnivore hubby and brother. The sauce is A-MAZE-ING! So so so yummy! It has to be said – it tastes better than my local Chinese Restaurant. This is going on the “must make again and again” list because it’s heavenly.

    Tonight I am so thankful for you!

      Lil' Luna

      Wow..thank you so much!! I’m so happy to hear everyone loved it! Thank you 🙂

        Vicki Pleasant

        How is this in crockpot with just meatballs and sauce? No pineapple or peppers. How long in crockpot if so? Thanks much!

          Kristyn Merkley

          I haven’t done them in the crock pot. It’s done over the skillet, but you could probably transfer it to a crock pot, if you need to. You stir in pineapple chunks & you could add the peppers, until they are heated through. Hope that helps!

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