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    Evelyn's Sweet and Sour Meatballs

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    1 hr 40 mins

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    morleah's mom's Note:

    This is my grandmother's sweet and sour meatball recipe. For those who like to use up everything, it's a great way to make use of sweet pickle juice - as the pickles are used up, I just save the juice in a jar at the back of the fridge. Easy, quick prep, can be cooked on stove top, in oven or crockpot and can cook meatballs in the sauce or pre-cook in microwave, fry pan or oven. This recipe freezes well and is easily doubled. Also kid-friendly; my 4 year old who is going through the stage of "KD and hotdogs or nothing" eats this without prompting!

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    Serves: 3-4


    meatbal ...

    Units: US | Metric


    meatball (also good for meatloaf)


    1. 1
    2. 2
      Mix all ingredients (may leave out cornstarch, but sauce may be thin).
    3. 3
      Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer while preparing meat.
    4. 4
      Drop in meat and simmer at least 30 minutes more.
    5. 5
      If I'm not in a hurry, this sits and cooks on all day on the stove top.
    6. 6
    7. 7
      Combine all ingredients and blend thoroughly - hands work best!
    8. 8
      Roll into small balls and drop into sauce, or cook first then add to sauce.
    9. 9
      Serve over rice.
    10. 10
      NOTE: Sauce is also great for ribs.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on April 10, 2010


      Hats off to Grandma Evelyn. :) I mean really, what are you suppose to do with pickle juice? I'd never given it much thought until now. This is an amazing sweet & sour sauce. Just perfect especially since it uses something that generally gets dumped down the drain. The fact that it can simmer all day is a bonus too. I made a double batch of both the sauce and the meat. I had 38 meatballs and 1 meatloaf, which I baked with the sauce on top. I did find the meat mixture quite wet, so added about 1/2 cup of panko breadcrumbs. Worked like a charm. Thanks so much Morleah's Mom for sharing your family recipe. ;) Honoured to make this as a "Thank You" for voting for Lawrencetown, Nova Scotia in the 2010 Kraft Hockeyville Competition.

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    • on October 17, 2013

      I added bread and butter pickles slices and pineapple to the sause. Yummy

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    • on March 23, 2013


      totally the best most sensible recipe ever !!!!!!!

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    Nutritional Facts for Evelyn's Sweet and Sour Meatballs

    Serving Size: 1 (372 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 3

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 762.4
    Calories from Fat 337
    Total Fat 37.4 g
    Saturated Fat 14.7 g
    Cholesterol 230.4 mg
    Sodium 2229.7 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 59.3 g
    Dietary Fiber 0.4 g
    Sugars 54.2 g
    Protein 47.7 g

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    sweet pickle juice

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