Sweet and Sour Meatballs for the Oven or Slow Cooker

 

These sweet and sour meatballs for the oven or slow cooker are perfect for dinner or an appetizer for football parties, really anytime! Delicious sweet and sour meatballs! They are the perfect appetizer for your next tailgate party. They can be baked in the oven, slow cooker, crock pot, insta-pot you name it!

 

These sweet and sour meatballs for the oven or slow cooker are perfect for dinner or an appetizer for football parties, really anytime! Delicious sweet and sour meatballs! They are the perfect appetizer for your next tailgate party. They can be baked in the oven, slow cooker, crock pot, insta-pot you name it!

 

One of the first recipes that Cade and I learned in our little cooking class we took in college was a sweet and sour sauce. I’ve been wanting to make it into sweet and sour meatballs for years but I always got distracted so I’ve finally busted out the recipe and it was such a smart move because these babies are oh so yum!!

 

In that class we learned a lot about food, sanitation and that Cade and I cook totally different. Let’s just say that I tend to be a bit better with multitasking, love you anyway! xoxo!

 

These sweet and sour meatballs for the oven or slow cooker are perfect for dinner or an appetizer for football parties, really anytime! Delicious sweet and sour meatballs! They are the perfect appetizer for your next tailgate party. They can be baked in the oven, slow cooker, crock pot, insta-pot you name it!

 

Sweet and Sour Meatballs for the Oven or Slow Cooker

But back to the food which is the most important. These can be baked or stuck in the slow cooker for 3-4 hours. You can even just whip up the sauce and throw that in there too.  There’s a few things about meatballs that I think people get wrong. But before I get to that, don’t forget to snag our cookbook, Our Sweet Basil Kitchen which is on sale this week!!

 

Why Do Meatballs Fall Apart?

One of the most asked questions with meatballs is, why do meatballs fall apart? Totally understandable. Meat that has been ground up needs a binding ingredient to bring it all back together.

 

You absolutely should have some kind of carb and milk in addition to the egg. Its’ called a panade, and you only need about 1/2 cup of bread crumbs per 2 pounds of meat, give or take. But the point is, bread and milk are going to keep your meat juicy and wonderful as well as act like a glue so don’t skip it.

 

Why Do Meatballs Need Eggs?

Why do meatballs need eggs? Well, one, maybe two eggs for binding is necessary to keep that ground meat together. Ever had meatballs fall apart and you did add the panade? That is because you either over worked the meat or you didn’t add an egg.

 

How to Season Meat

Salt it!! You guys, stop telling me things are bland and in the next sentence say you cut the salt in half. Ok, most of you don’t do that, but really 1 teaspoon of salt per pound of meat. Remember that.

 

Why Are Meatballs Rubbery?

I kind of mentioned this already but it’s almost always because you over mixed the meat. Ground meat needs to be handled gently and to a minimum. The more you mix the meat the more tough and rubbery it becomes. I tend to use my hands to ensure I don’t keep mixing because who wants to hang out in raw meat? It’s also a good idea to mix all of your mix ins before adding to your meat like, whisk the eggs, make the panade, mix the seasonings etc.

 

How to Keep Meatballs Round

Oil for rolling! I learned this on a cooking show that visited an Italian restaurant. Place a little oil on your hands and roll em up! In fact, I put it on a dish and dip the meat in it and roll whenever I need a little more oil. The oil shines the meat up all pretty but it also helps the meat smooth together in your hands versus a clumpy, overworked meatball.

 

These sweet and sour meatballs for the oven or slow cooker are perfect for dinner or an appetizer for football parties, really anytime! Delicious sweet and sour meatballs! They are the perfect appetizer for your next tailgate party. They can be baked in the oven, slow cooker, crock pot, insta-pot you name it!

 

 

These sweet and sour meatballs for the oven or slow cooker are perfect for dinner or an appetizer for football parties, really anytime! Delicious sweet and sour meatballs! They are the perfect appetizer for your next tailgate party. They can be baked in the oven, slow cooker, crock pot, insta-pot you name it!

 

Sweet and Sour Meatballs for the Oven or Slow Cooker

Sweet and Sour Meatballs for the Oven or Slow Cooker

These sweet and sour meatballs for the oven or slow cooker are perfect for dinner or an appetizer for football parties, really anytime! Delicious sweet and sour meatballs! They are the perfect appetizer for your next tailgate party. They can be baked in the oven, slow cooker, crock pot, insta-pot you name it!

Ingredients:

  • 2 pounds 85/15 Ground Beef
  • 2/3 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons dry minced onion
  • 1 Large egg
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk (regular milk is fine)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Pepper

For the Sauce

  • 1 Tablespoons canola Oil
  • 1/3 Cup Red Bell Pepper, chopped
  • 1/3 Cup Yellow Bell Pepper, chopped
  • 1/3 Cup Green Bell Pepper, chopped
  • Clove Garlic, minced fine
  • ½ Tablespoons Onion Powder
  • ½ Cup Rice Vinegar
  • ½ Cup Ketchup
  • ¼ Cup Low-Sodium Soy Sauce
  • 3/4 Cup Brown Sugar (white is fine)
  • ⅛ Teaspoon Sesame Oil
  • 1/4 Cup Mandarin Oranges, smashed (with juice)
  • 3 Tablespoons Cornstarch (for desired thickness)
  • ¼ Cup Cold Water
  • Sesame Seeds for garnish
  • Green Onions for garnish

Directions:

For the meatballs

  1. Heat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, add the meat, breadcrumbs, onion, egg, coconut milk, and seasonings.
  3. Mix with your hands until just combined.
  4. Roll into balls by rubbing your hands with a little oil and then place in a greased 9×13″ baking pan.
  5. Bake for 20 minutes.

For the sauce

  1. In a sauce pan over medium heat, add the oil, peppers and garlic.
  2. Saute until tender, about 3 minutes.
  3. Add onion powder, vinegar, ketchup, soy sauce, sugar and sesame.
  4. Stir to combine and add the oranges and juice.
  5. Bring to a boil.
  6. Meanwhile, stir the cornstarch and water together and then whisk into the sauce.
  7. Bring back to a boil then turn down to medium low and simmer for 10 minutes.

Serve over meatballs with sesame seeds and green onions.

*You can also just place the meatballs in a slow cooker with the sauce for 3-4 hours.

Nutrition Information

Yield: 4-6, Serving Size: 1

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories: 757 Calories
  • Total Fat: 36.6g
  • Cholesterol: 138.4mg
  • Carbohydrates: 77.6g
  • Fiber: 6.2g
  • Sugar: 56.7g
  • Protein: 32.1g
All images and text ©Carrian Cheney for Oh Sweet Basil.

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Carrian Cheney

Lover of all things beautiful, good and delicious. Wife, mother, friend, foodie.