Sweet ‘n’ Sour Lean Mean Meatballs

Sweet ‘n’ Sour Lean Mean Meatballs

Bite-sized meatballs are always a crowd pleaser! Make these for your next party or event and get ready for cheers! Leave them in a slow cooker set on low to keep them warm for the whole event.



35 mins

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Main Ingredients

  • 1 pound extra lean grass fed ground beef (or extra lean ground beef)
  • 2 slices whole wheat bread (finely chopped or pulse in mini food processor until fine crumbs form)
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons minced onion
  • 2 tablespoons lowfat milk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Dash of freshly ground pepper
  • 2 to 6 tablespoons nonalcoholic beer, beef broth or water (optional)
  • 1/2 cup Store brand chili sauce (or Heinz)
  • ½ cup red currant jelly (cherry preserves can be substituted if necessary)

Cooking Instructions

Step 1

In mixing bowl, combine the first 8 ingredients on lowest speed (or mix well with wooden spoon). 

Step 2

Form mixture into 40 bite-size-meatballs (about a heaping teaspoon each). Spray a large nonstick frying pan with cooking spray and heat over medium-high heat.

Step 3

When the pan is hot, brown the meatballs. Cover and cook 5 minutes. Turn the meatballs over, adding the beer or broth if necessary to prevent sticking. Cover, turn down the heat, and simmer until meatballs are cooked though (about 5 minutes).

Step 4

While the meatballs are simmering, combine the chili sauce and jelly in a small bowl and pour over the meatballs in the frying pan. Simmer gently for about 10 minutes, stirring and basting the meatballs frequently until the sauce thickens nicely.

Step 5

If you want to keep the sauce separate, combine the chili sauce and jelly in a small saucepan and simmer, stirring often, for about 5 minutes or until the sauce is hot, blended and slightly thickened.

Step 6

If desired, put the sweet and sour mixture and the meatballs in a slow cooker set on LOW and this will keep the dish hot for the duration of the party.

All recipe ingredients should be cooked to a safe internal temperature according to USDA guidelines. After preparing a recipe, please store any leftovers in the refrigerator.