Sweet & Sour Meatballs

I’m bringing out another recipe from the archives!
My original post was from last fall when I had about 5 followers (my mom and friends!), so I thought I should dig it out again.  It’s just that time of year when meals change from BBQ to more oven meals!
This is a really easy, very good sweet & sour sauce from my bestie Paula.
I hope you enjoy it!


Sweet & Sour Meatballs


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    The Meatballs
  • 1lb ground beef
  • 1 small onion, minced
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup oats
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • salt & pepper
  • The Sweet & Sour Sauce
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup pureed yam (optional, see Tips)
  • 3 tbsp vinegar
  • 2 tbsp soya sauce
  • 2 tbsp ketchup


    The Meatballs:
  1. Combine ingredients and shape into meatballs, about 1 1/2 inches.
  2. Bake unsauced meatballs in a preheated 350 degree oven for 30-35 minutes. Or until centres are not pink.
  3. The Sweet & Sour Sauce
  4. In a saucepan, combine all ingredients and bring to a boil.
  5. Stir, and cook until the sauce thickens.
  6. Pour the sauce over your cooked meatballs, and heat in a 300 degree oven for about 20 minutes before serving.
  7. Serves 4 easily.


  • Serve over brown rice and with a green veggie!
  • You can use cooked frozen meatballs.  Just heat them up in the oven (unsauced) for about 15 minutes.
  • This is just a great basic meatball recipe that I use for all my meatballs (spaghetti & meatballs, stroganoff meatballs…)
  • If you want to make the sauce a little more healthy, add 1/4 cup pureed yam!  No one will even notice it’s in there!  Trust me.


If sweet sauces aren’t your thing, you might like my Stroganoff Sauce with these meatballs instead.


Happy day!


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  • Reply Bring Pretty Back September 15, 2011 at 12:19 AM I am going to make these meatballs tomorrow! Thank you for the recipe!! And I will add the yam!
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  • Reply Tonia @ TheGunnySack.com September 15, 2011 at 12:47 AM Thanks for resharing because I missed it the first time! We love meatballs so I will have to try these!
  • Reply Kaitlyn September 15, 2011 at 12:48 AM Those looks DELICIOUS! Thanks for sharing the recipe i most def will be trying this out sometime. I believe my husband has made something like this before but, not exactly the same. They were so yummy! I'll have to give your recipe a try! again, thanks for sharing!

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  • Reply Katie September 15, 2011 at 3:28 AM This sounds delicious!!
  • Reply Pretend Chef September 15, 2011 at 1:40 PM Those meatballs look so delicious. What a great recipe. I can't wait to give these a try soon. Yummy!
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  • Reply Amanda @ Serenity Now September 20, 2011 at 2:05 AM What a great dinner idea. The last time I tried meatballs, they did not turn out well. This recipe looks much more doable! Thanks so much for joining my Family Friendly Food Week party. :)
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