Sweet & Sour Meatballs

Today is one of those few days where you could rely on me – that my brain is not that scattered. Or do you like a co-host with scattered brain? 😀 Yep! I am co-hosting today with Indu @ Indu’s International Kitchen. I know many of you have already added Indu in their circle, but if you haven’t, you must do so as she is such an amazing person. She shares so many delicious dishes and did I say she’s doing international? 😀 Anyway, I am so much happy to be co-hosting with her today. Let’s party, people. 😀 (And thanks, Angie, for this opportunity again.) ❤

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I am a girl who changes her mind most of the time. Here are some instances:

#1: I was in a grocery store with my friend. She knows that I always have a list and instant fried noodles is always included. When she noticed me pass by the noodles, she asked me if I’d not take it. I said ‘No, I still have at home.’ She knows me really well so she asked me again if I am sure and I confidently said yes. And because I want to roam around more, we separated and decided to meet at the counter. Guess what? She saw the cart with the instant fried noodles, and told me ‘I thought you don’t like to take that.’ And I said, ‘Well, you know me – I don’t want to run out of these.’ And I gave her a big grin. 😀

#2: On the mall, I was with the same friend and she knew that I want to eat so many things that day – donuts, fries, burger, and nuggets, and pizza… all fast foods. We were planning to eat, but on a later time. So she asked me: ‘Do you want donuts? Do you want fries? Do you want pizza?’ But I said ‘No’ to all of her offers. Well, I wanted to pretend that I am shy. 😛 (What?? Why are you looking at me like that? We have to honest here and you know me. 😀 ) Okay, back to the scene – we were walking and I saw my new favorite (Cinnabon) and I immediately stopped walking and grabbed her arm (for her to stop as well and she was like ‘what?’) I shook her arm and I told her ‘Ask me again what I want. Ask me. Ask me.’ And of course, she bought me those cinnamon rolls. 😀

And there are many more in my daily life. 😛 I get my mind changed every time – like if I want to bake during the weekend or no… and I decided not to bake and then I find myself baking on that weekend.

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The same thing happened to this dish I am bringing now – I thought about this many times if I will make this on the weekend. The reason is I wanted to use the remaining ingredients I have from the previous dish I made earlier (bell peppers, pineapple). I decided to use them on something else on a later day because I felt lazy on that day. The ending is, well, you find me in the kitchen preparing this dish.  And even while cooking, I am still arguing with myself if I will use some of the beef mixture for burger patties. But this time, I didn’t. Honest. 😀

Sweet & Sour Meatballs is perfect for a person like me who loves sweet & sour dishes and Asian/Chinese cuisine.

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I used to prepare this dish using a sweet & sour instant mix because when I try not to and do the traditional thing, I always get too sour or too sweet – I could not really balance it. I am thrilled that I found a recipe that will make me say goodbye to the instant mix.

Sweet & Sour Meatballs Recipe

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 8 tablespoons cooking oil

For the meatballs: 

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  • 1 lb ground beef
  • ½ cup crushed cornflakes or breadcrumbs
  • 2 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup onion, minced

For the sauce:

  • 1 tbsp garlic, minced
  • 1 cup pineapple chunks
  • ⅓ cup vinegar
  • 1 cup red and green bell pepper
  • 1 medium sized onion, quartered
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 tbsp tomato ketchup
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup carrot, sliced
  • Cornstarch slurry: 1 tbsp cornstarch dissolved in 3 tbsp water


For the meatballs: 

  1. In a bowl, mix all ingredients until everything is incorporated.
  2. Scoop out about 1 tbsp of the mixture and form them into balls.
  3. In a deep non-stick skillet with medium-high heat, add in 6 tbsp of oil.
  4. When the oil is hot enough, fry the meatballs until brown.
  5. Removed cooked meatballs and transfer to a serving dish. Set aside.

For the sauce: 

  1. In the same skillet with medium heat, add in remaining oil if needed.
  2. Add in garlic and sauté until fragrant.
  3. Add in quartered onion, carrots and bell peppers. Cook for about 2 minutes.
  4. Add pineapple chunks and cook for another minute.
  5. Add in ketchup, sugar and vinegar. Give it a good mix.
  6. Pour in water and let it boil for about 2 minutes.
  7. Add the cornstarch slurry and simmer until the sauce has thicken.
  8. Turn off the heat and pour in the sauce over the cooked meatballs.

Source recipe: Panlasang Pinoy

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care for a closer look?

This dish is not overly sweet nor sour – I really love how dish satisfied my taste buds. I hope you try this and let me know what you think. 😉

Enjoy the party, people! Happy FF #47!


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50 thoughts on “Sweet & Sour Meatballs

  1. Wow Jhuls – these meatballs look amazing! I am a meatball girl – I love all the ways you can serve them and the different flavours you can make them. I have to try this recipe – it looks to good to pass up ;-). Happy Holidays!

  2. Thanks for co-hosting! Your meal looks absolutely delectable. I love your stories about changing your opinions too. I was chuckling over here, and relating too. 🙂 Have a wonderful weekend!

  3. ha ha you are just so funny and I bet you dont even need to try hard! I personally think that some people are indecisive only because they want to do too many things! And I bet that’s you! I am like that too sometimes! Your sweet and sour meatballs looks absolutely delicious. love the sauce! 🙂

    1. You are right, Indu. I want to do too many things, that I don’t even know what should come first. 😀 Thanks a lot for stopping by. I am glad that your liked this dish. Have a lovely week. 🙂

  4. I agree with you Jhuls – I love meatballs, sweet and sour and Asian food. No decision here as I would love this. I make a version in the slow cooker and sometimes I will serve them over kluski or egg noodles. Thanks for co-hosting 🙂

    1. Thank you, Aunt Juju. I am pleased to know that you loved this dish. I could give you a plate of rice if you want. 😀 Thanks for stopping by. Have a lovely week.

  5. Scatter brained, enthusiastic, energetic, chatty – and a wonderful cook! So glad you shared this recipe – that close up shot is just fantastic! Thanks for co-hosting Bubbles and isn’t this the perfect week for you, filled with all sorts of Christmas treats!! Just pace yourself on all the goodies and drink camomile tea!! xx

    1. I always have few bags of camomile tea inside my pocket, Selma – just in case I need one during FF. 😀 Thanks for stopping by and I am glad you liked the close up shot. 😉

  6. Haha, I am also SO indecisive! Especially when it comes to buying/cooking food. I can spend days trying to work out what to do with overly ripe bananas. Banana bread? Oatmeal? Freeze them? Some decisions are too hard 😉

    1. Hahaha! I think we’d take everything we like, Melissa. I don’t know what might happen if we are together. 😛 Thanks for being here. Happy weekend. 🙂

  7. I’m the same Jhuls, I said I wasn’t going to bake while I was away for Christmas except for some mince pies to take to Christmas dinner, I had plenty of Christmas recipes to be posted on the blog so I could treat myself to a nice long rest. Of course I’ve baked numerous times already and am now planning to bake two treat to take to Christmas dinner! I can’t escape the baker in me!

    These look delicious, I love sweet and sour food but it always has to be homemade for me so I can substitute the pineapple because I’m allergic. These will definitely go on my list

    1. I think you are spending most of your time baking, Michelle. I hope I could do that, too. Sleep in the kitchen, maybe? 😀 I am glad you love the dish. I think you could omit the pineapple. 🙂 Sometimes, I cook sweet and sour without pineapple when I’m lazy 😀 Happy FF. Enjoy your weekend!

    1. You close up shot kills me, too, so it’s time for revenge! Bwahaha! 😀 Just kidding, Sue. I am glad you liked this. Happy FF. Enjoy your weekend! ❤

  8. Beautiful Jhuls, love the bold colors and presentation. It will go down well at FF since there are so many sweet offerings today. Thanks for co-hosting, you’re always a charm! 🙂

  9. This looks yummy!! love the colours, the flavours! I used to hate sweet and sour when I was young, and i had a sweet and sour dish someone made from scratch and realized I’ve been hating it because others have been using a mix! So much better when it’s made from scratch! I will be adding this to my meal ideas to make!
    ps – I’m trying to make your hot chocolate mix I made last till next shopping day… it’s not easy!

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