Sweet and Sour Meatballs

29 May

GUESS WHAT? I was bored with the old website, so I quickly put together a NEW AND IMPROVED golokitchen.com site during my daughters nap time yesterday! I tried to make it more user friendly and more functional. I have a more obvious search bar and labels column to search through the site for effectively. Also, you still can become a follower and even see what I’m up to day to day on twitter! You can be as involved as you want. I appreciate every comment, every follower and every tweet! If you’re interested, you can check out the golokitchen store and see some kitchen items that I can’t live without! And with that, here’s what I have to say about today’s recipe!

Well, here’s another video for you guys, as per request! Please excuse the ‘um’s’! I was a little nervous (and I clearly hadn’t looked in the mirror before filming, but thats a whole other story…) Oh well! Its all about the food anyways, right? RIGHT?!?!

Anyways, I wanted to do a more summery recipe because its Memorial Day weekend and most of you will probably be outside grilling up your steaks and eating lots of fresh fruit…..
or something like that. As for me and my gang, we are still stuck inside because of this awful weather! Boo to the rain. Well, at least my garden seems to be thriving! I am pretty excited for all my tomatoes and peppers and green beans and everything else to grow and ripen so I can eat it all! But, don’t get me wrong- I’m still unimpressed with this weather. I’m supposed to run 12 miles tomorrow! TWELVE! Most likely in this cold rainy weather. I’ll let you know how that goes…..

So all that weather banter was supposed to lead me to why I made these sweet and sour meatballs tonight- they are stick to your ribs good eats and are ready to eat in 30 minutes or less! So easy a monkey could make ’em! I didn’t have breadcrumbs on hand so I did without, but I did write them into the recipe because I usually do add them in. The first time I made these for Gordon, we had already been married a year and a half. I don’t know why I didn’t ever make them before then….hmm….anyways in a nutshell he basically said ‘why have you neglected to make these for me until NOW?’ meaning: ‘these are so good how could you have forgotten about them?’ My response was: “I don’t know…I just did” (I was pregnant at the time and blame it on that–did you know that a woman’s brain SHRINKS in size 3-5% during pregnancy? I just read that today. Shocker!) I am all over the map tonight. Sorry folks. I digress.

Back to these cute little meatballs–they are so good! Like I said in the video, its the sauce that makes these little babies great. My mom used to make these in a crock pot and take them to parties as an appetizer! All you need are toothpicks! Also, she’s used this sauce to coat chicken wings in which is also equally delicious. Try it sometime! Just FYI, I’ve tweaked my mom’s recipe a touch to make it better according to my palate and I hope you all will do the same! If you don’t like something in a recipe, change it! Don’t be a wimp! Ok, after that pep talk, get ready for a fun few minutes of cooking in your kitchen! Hope you like video #2!

Sweet and Sour Meatballs
yield:15 small meatballs; enough for 2 or 3

for the meatballs-
1/2 lb. ground beef (80/20)
1/4 cup finely chopped onion
1 clove garlic, minced
1 egg
1/3-1/2 cup breadcrumbs
1 tablespoon olive oil

for the sauce-
1 cup ketchup
1/2 cup water
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons yellow mustard
1 clove garlic, minced
2 tablespoons finely chopped onion
1 1/2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1/4 cup packed brown sugar

In deep skillet, heat oil. In large bowl, mix together ingredients for meatballs. Scoop into small meat balls and roll in between palms to form. Fry little meatballs until browned. In bowl or measuring cup, mix together all ingredients for sweet and sour sauce. Pour sauce into hot pan to cover cooked meatballs. Cover and simmer on low heat for at least 15-20 minutes. Serve over hot with rice or cooked barley if you’re feeling extra healthy and adventurous. Barley has more fiber and protein and rice! Give it a whirl!


4 Responses to “Sweet and Sour Meatballs”

  1. Megan May 29, 2010 at 4:02 am #

    My mom used to make something like this and I haven't had them for ages! I think it's time I made some.

  2. BenandLeyla May 29, 2010 at 5:24 am #

    Very good Lauren! I like the tip of using the cookie scoop, great idea! I make meatballs rather often, but never with a sweet and sour sauce, so I am looking forward to trying this dish out.And you did a fabulous job with the video! 🙂

  3. Amy Diestler May 31, 2010 at 5:37 pm #

    Mmmm . . . these look amazing! I can't wait until I can eat normal foods again! I love your videos, Lo – watching them makes me miss you so much.

  4. Megan June 14, 2010 at 4:10 pm #

    I just wanted to let you know I made this sauce and did a post about it with a link to your site, I hope you don't mind. Thanks so much, my pickiest eater was ecstatic about this meal!

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