Sweet and Sour Meatballs Sweet and Sour Meatballs

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These bite-size meatballs are tossed in a retro sweet and sour sauce that everyone will love. Grenadine, a syrup that you can find in the drink section of your grocery store, helps give this sauce its signature bright red colour. Keep the meatballs hot in a small slow cooker set on warm or in a chafing dish set over a flame.

  • Portion size 60 servings
  • Credits : Canadian Living Magazine: December 2013


  • 1/4 cup dried bread crumbs
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 2 green onions finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 900 g lean ground beef
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
Sweet and Sour Sauce:
  • 2/3 cups pineapple juice
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup grenadine
  • 1/3 cup white vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch


Meatballs: In bowl, stir together bread crumbs, eggs, green onions, garlic, ginger, Worcestershire sauce, pepper and salt; mix in beef. Roll by 1 tbsp into balls. (Make-ahead: Cover and refrigerate for up to 12 hours.)

In large nonstick skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat; cook meatballs, in batches, until browned and instant-read thermometer inserted into several reads 160 F (71 C), about 10 minutes.

Sweet and Sour Sauce: Meanwhile, in small saucepan, whisk together 3/4 cup water, pineapple juice, ketchup, brown sugar, grenadine and vinegar. Bring to boil over medium-high heat; reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes.

Stir cornstarch with 2 tbsp water; whisk into sauce and simmer until thickened, about 30 seconds. Toss three-quarters of the sauce with meatballs. Arrange in serving dish; top with remaining sauce.

Tip from The Test Kitchen: For a party, keep the meatballs hot in a small slow cooker set on warm or in a chafing dish set over a flame.

Nutritional facts per piece: about

  • Fibre trace
  • Sodium 49 mg
  • Sugars 3 g
  • Protein 3 g
  • Calories 45.0
  • Total fat 2 g
  • Potassium 57 mg
  • Cholesterol 14 mg
  • Saturated fat 1 g
  • Total carbohydrate 4 g


  • Iron 3.0
  • Folate 1.0
  • Calcium 1.0
  • Vitamin A 1.0
  • Vitamin C 2.0
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