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These Sweet and Sour Meatballs are a must make family supper. They will be on the table in less than 30 minutes.
Every year at our school, the 2nd graders celebrate Chinese New Year. They learn the history, the traditions and get to taste different foods that go along with the day. They even get to eat their meal with chop sticks.
We have had two children go through the Chinese New Year study so far and they enjoyed it greatly. We enjoy it as it encourages our children to try new foods and learn new cultures.
Trying new foods can be rather intimidating to children. I have found, if you allow them to help in the kitchen and with the cooking process, they are more eager to try the new recipe. (Of course, if they discuss it in school, they are eager as well.)
In honor of the Chinese New Year, I thought I would make Sweet and Sour Meatballs with one of my kitchen helpers. The blend of the Kikkoman Sweet and Sour Sauce with the ground beef is a unique twist on standard meatballs. I have used soy sauce before in recipes and it can be used to add flavor to a variety of dishes. However, for sweet and sour meatballs, Kikkoman sweet and sour sauce is perfect.
How to make sweet and sour meatballs
To complete the recipe, the meatballs with be served on a bed of Minute® White Rice with Dole Pineapple Chunks (in 100% juice and rich in vitamin C). As a busy family, Minute® White Rice is perfect for any meal. It is the original instant rice, ready in just five minutes. It is a great for a quick addition to any meal.
With the children's after school schedules, delicious, easy to make meals are so important to us. This sweet and sour meatball recipe can be on the table in less than 30 minutes.
Step by step instructions for the 30 minute meal
Making the Sweet and Sour Meatballs was so easy.
First I combined the milk and ground beef.
Then Caleb added in the onions and breadcrumbs. He wanted to help with the egg and I declined the help. ;-)
I then rolled the mixture up into meatballs and placed them in a greased frying pan.
After browning them, I added the Kikkoman sweet and sour sauce and the Dole Pineapple Chunks. Canned pineapple is a great compliment to all types of dishes including appetizers, main dishes, salads, side dishes, beverages and desserts. It certainly adds such great flavor to the meatballs! (Of course, it is naturally fat free and very low sodium!)
I prepared the rice while the meatballs were simmering on the stove. 5 minutes to make = perfect!
Sweet and Sour Meatballs
- 1 lb ground beef
- 1 egg
- 3 T milk
- 1 cup bread crumbs
- 3 T finely chopped green onion
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 bottle Kikkoman Sweet and Sour Sauce
- 1 cup Minute White Rice
- 1 can Dole Chunk Pineapple in 100% Juice
- Mix ground beef, milk, egg, bread crumbs, green onion and salt and pepper in a large mixing bowl
- Shape meatballs (1-2 inches) and place in a well greased skillet
- Brown the meatballs on all sides over medium heat
- Drain any grease and return to stove top
- Add bottle of Sweet and Sour Sauce and pineapple to pan and reduce heat
- Let simmer, covered, for 10 minutes, turning meatballs after 5 minutes
- Meanwhile, make rice according to package directions
- Serve on a bed of rice, top with meatballs and pineapple