Sweet and Sour Meatballs with Courgette

    25 min

    This is a Japanese dish that is well loved in our family. Pork meatballs are cooked in a sweet and sour sauce with spring onions and courgettes.

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    Serves: 4 

    • Sweet and Sour Sauce
    • 2 tablespoons sugar
    • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
    • 3 tablespoons vinegar
    • 4 tablespoons water
    • 1 teaspoon cornflour
    • Meatballs
    • 300g minced pork
    • 1 or 2 spring onions, finely chopped
    • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
    • 1/2 tablespoon sugar
    • 1 teaspoon sake (rice wine)
    • 1 teaspoon cornflour
    • oil, for frying
    • 1/2 onion, sliced into wedges
    • 1 or 2 courgettes, sliced thickly

    Prep:15min  ›  Cook:10min  ›  Ready in:25min 

    1. Mix the ingredients for the sweet and sour sauce together and set aside.
    2. In a bowl, mix the minced pork with spring onions, a teaspoon soy sauce, 1/2 tablespoon sugar and 1 teaspoon sake and a little cornflour (about 1 teaspoon) until well-mixed. Use a spoon to scoop the mixture up and roll in the palm of your hand to shape into meatballs. Set aside.
    3. Heat oil in a wok or deep frying pan. Sprinkle some cornflour (about 1/2 teaspoon) over the onion and courgette slices, then fry in oil for about 20-30 seconds, until the cornflour starts to fizzle. Transfer onto kitchen paper to drain off excess oil but leave any remaining oil in wok for the meatballs.
    4. Fry meatballs in the oil until evenly browned and cooked through. Transfer onto kitchen paper to drain off excess oil.
    5. Add the sweet and sour sauce and gently bring to the boil so the sauce will thicken. Once sauce has thickened, add the fried vegetables and meatballs, and stir until mixed. Serve immediately.

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    This was a great recipe. I was unsure about this as I'm not a big fan of courgette but cooked this way it was really nice. I did a pork version following the recipe and also a vegetarian quorn version which turned out great too. I added some bean sprouts and rice noodles at the end just to make it more filling. Will be using this again.  -  07 Jan 2018


    Used a bit of honey. Used red peppers and quorn Swedish style meatballs and added some sesame seeds. Delicouse recipe thanks  -  01 Nov 2017


    This is delicious and really easy to make. It's a great use for those many courgettes you have from your allotment in autumn.  -  08 Sep 2017

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