Inspired by a sweet and sour meatball sauce recipe in Deceptively Delicious by Jessica Seinfeld, I made these:
They were great as fingerfood on toothpicks, but would also be tasty served on a bed of noodles! Of course you can always make the meatballs without the sweet and sour sauce, and serve them with spaghetti and red sauce. Here’s what I did…
FOR THE MEATBALLS:
- 1 lb. ground beef (or ground turkey)
- 1/2 c. Italian-style Panko bread crumbs
- 1/4 c. milk
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1/4 tsp. pepper
- 1/2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
- 1/4 c. finely chopped onion
- 1 egg
FOR THE SAUCE:
- 1-2 Tbs. olive oil
- 1/2 c. chopped onion
- 1 Tbs. brown sugar
- 1 c. beef broth
- 2 Tbs. ketchup
- 1 Tbs. steak sauce
- 1/2 c. crushed pineapple in natural juice
- 1-2 Tbs. orange marmalade
- optional: cornstarch (if needed for thickening)
MAKE THE MEATBALLS: Preheat oven to 400°F. In a large mixing bowl, combine meat, Panko bread crumbs, milk, salt, pepper, Worcestershire sauce, and 1/4 c. of the chopped onion. Shape mixture into meatballs; approximately 1-2 inches each. Place on cookie sheet lined with foil and sprayed with nonstick cooking spray. Bake 20 minutes or until cooked thoroughly.
WHILE MEATBALLS BAKE, MAKE THE SAUCE: In a small saucepan, heat oil on med-high heat, then add 1/2 c. onion, and sugar. Cook for a few minutes until onions are soft and starting to brown. Add broth, ketchup, steak sauce, pineapple, and marmalade. Bring to a boil, and cook a couple more minutes. If too thin, add a little cornstarch a teaspoon or so at a time until desired thickness. Strain sauce into a bowl with a mesh colander, and discard “pulp” mixture left behind in the strainer.
TO SERVE: Dip meatballs in sauce, and place on serving dish or on noodles.