Steph's Sweet and Sour Meatballs

    1 hour 20 min

    These meatballs are great! I came up with them on a whim one night while searching through my pantry trying to answer the age old question, 'What's for dinner?' My family LOVE these! For dinner, I like to serve them with a side of steamed rice to go along with the meatballs. I hope you enjoy!

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    Serves: 4 

    • 1 (425g) tin pineapple pieces, drained with juice reserved
    • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
    • 5 tablespoons cider vinegar
    • 7 tablespoons dark brown sugar
    • 1 tablespoon cornflour
    • 450g beef mince
    • 1 egg
    • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
    • 4 tablespoons milk
    • 50g dried breadcrumbs
    • 2 tablespoons minced onion
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
    • 1 green pepper, chopped

    Prep:15min  ›  Cook:1hr5min  ›  Ready in:1hr20min 

    1. Heat a slow cooker to Medium-High; stir the reserved liquid from the pineapple chunks, soy sauce, vinegar and brown sugar together in the slow cooker. Whisk the cornflour into the mixture until dissolved.
    2. Mix the mince, egg, Worcestershire sauce, milk, breadcrumbs, onion, salt and pepper together in a bowl; form into 2.5cm balls.
    3. Heat a large frying pan over medium heat; cook the meatballs in the hot pan until browned on all sides, about 5 minutes. Place the meatballs into the slow cooker. Add the reserved pineapple chunks and green pepper.
    4. Cover and cook until the meatballs are no longer pink in the centre, about 1 hour.

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    Super easy and delicious! I doubled the recipe (except for the pineapples) and replaced the other 1/2 of the called for pieapple juice w/oj. I also used fresh onion in my meatballs and added granulated garlic and a few drops of liquid smoke and 1/4c of bbq sauce to them as well. I did also reduce the milk called for and trust me, they were still PLENTY soft. My husband thought the house smelled great when he walked in the door and was more impressed when they hit his mouth. It was too simple but I still relished in the praise! ;O) Thanks for the recipe!  -  24 Aug 2009  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    I made this tonight and it was great! The only thing I would do differently next time is to reduce the amount of milk. I think it was too much liquid in the meat mix... I used ground pork tonight and it worked well, too! I would make this again  -  12 Aug 2009  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    Very good meatballs but I thought it kind of pointless to put in the slow cooker. I boiled the sauce ingredients in a large frying pan and after rolling the meat balls I browned them in the oven, then added them to the sauce to simmer for 20 minutes. The only thing I would do differently next time is double the sauce ingredients to make sure I have enough to serve over rice. A delicious recipe.  -  08 Sep 2009  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)