Sweet and Sour Meatballs


I made this recipe for sweet and sour meatballs not too long ago and it is a family favorite. I got it from my mother-in-law who has been gone now for fourteen years.

Some married folks aren’t crazy about their mother-in-laws, of course, which accounts for all of the mother-in-law jokes that continue to be told over the ages. Mine, however, was a wonderful, God-fearing lady. I miss her every day and wish I could still talk to her and ask her advice from time to time.

Anyway, I don’t know where the recipe originated from, but she passed it on to me back when I first married my husband thirty years ago. In this picture, the recipe is doubled and placed in a larger, 9″ X 13″ pan.

Meatball Ingredients:

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1/2 c onion
  • 1/2 c green pepper, chopped
  • 1 c saltines, crushed
  • 1/2 c milk
  • dash salt & pepper

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Put all of the meatball ingredients in a bowl large enough to put your hands down into. Mix together and form into 9 evenly sized balls. Place the meatballs in a greased 8″ X 8″ baking dish. Bake uncovered for 45 minutes. While it bakes, make the sauce.

Sauce Ingredients:

  • 1/4 c vinegar
  • 3 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1/2 c ketchup
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp Worcestershire Sauce

Mix the sauce ingredients in a liquid measuring cup. After the meatballs bake 45 minutes, remove them from the oven and pour or spoon off as much of the grease as possible. Then pour the sauce evenly over the meatballs and bake 15 minutes more. Enjoy!

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