Sweet and Sour Potted Meatballs

Nuvita Biscuits


For the sweet and sour sauce:

  • 2 tbsp. canola oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, minced
  • 1 15-oz. can tomato sauce
  • The juice of 1 lemon (about 2 tbsp.)
  • ¼ cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

For the meatballs:

  • 2 lb. ground beef chuck
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • ⅓ cup long-grain white rice, parboiled for 3 minutes
  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • 1 medium yellow onion, grated on the coarse side of a box grater
  • 2¼ tsp. kosher salt
  • ½ tsp. freshly ground black pepper


  1. Prepare the sauce: In a large Dutch oven, heat the oil, then sauté the minced onion over medium heat until tender and golden, 8 to 10 minutes. Add the tomato sauce, and rinse out the can with ½ cup water to loosen any sauce that remains, adding that liquid to the pan. Stir in the sour salt or lemon juice and brown sugar. Bring to a simmer, uncovered, over medium heat. Remove from the heat and set aside.
  2. Make the meatballs: Put the ground meat in a large bowl and push it to one side. Add the eggs, rice, bread crumbs, onion, salt, and pepper to the other side of the bowl and combine with a large fork. Work in the meat, handful by handful, until everything is thoroughly blended. Return the sauce to a gentle simmer over medium heat. Using a ½-cup measuring cup, shape meatballs measuring about 2½” and drop them gently into the sauce. You should have 10 to 12. Cover and simmer slowly for 30 minutes, gently rotating and pushing the meatballs around halfway through the cooking so that they are thoroughly coated in sauce after about 15 minutes. Correct seasoning with salt and pepper if necessary. Serve very hot.


Recipe Comments

  1. posted by Lia-lu-li on Feb 5, 2013

    Having a birthday party luau and am just having bite size stuff. Thought hawaiian meatballs would be good, but am having trouble finding any recipes.

  2. posted by friendly 4 on Feb 5, 2013

    I know I’ve made stuffed peppers & not cooked the rice first. (I would swear it!) But its been so long, I cannot be positive.The 45 minutes of baking the rice in meat & tomato sauce mixture cooks it. Does this sound correct to anyone? Every recipe I find has me cook the rice first & mix it in but it seems unnecessary and like it could result in an ultimately mushy product. Any thoughts?
    Perhaps if I used Minute Rice, I wouldn’t cook it first?

  3. posted by Bryan J on Feb 12, 2013

    I was thinking deviled eggs and veggies with maybe some type of salad, but I dunno what else would be good or appropriate. Anyone have any suggestions?

  4. posted by Flash Funk on Mar 16, 2013

    I’m trying to remember the recipe but I can’t remember!

  5. posted by Mike on Mar 17, 2013

    Help! I’m about to have guests any day now, so there will be 10 of us. I’d like any tips on nutritious yet easy meals to make at dinner/supper time. We’re all meat eaters, no allergies.
    I’m not normally ‘cheap’ but I’m a bit skint lately. Thanks in advance, Petra xx
    I think I’ll go for all of these recipes! Thank you so much for the replies. Hoping for a few more as they’re staying for 2 weeks! *gulp*

  6. posted by skychi99 on Mar 17, 2013

    My partner works permanent night shift, so I have to make him something to take to work every night. I am running out of ideas, and my recipes are starting to get old as I only have a few that I know by heart. I need some ideas, even some recipes if you have them. I also have a small baby so the recipes need to be easy and quick.

    He doesn’t eat; tomatoes, avocado, fruit or many sweets. And we only eat whole grain breads and wraps.

  7. posted by Arminator on Mar 18, 2013


    We are going to a kids Christmas party soon and everybody has to bring “finger-food” to share with everyone. Do you have any suggestions besides veggies and dip or cheese and crackers?

  8. posted by Nathan B on Mar 18, 2013

    I want to know the difference in the two meatballs and the recipes on how you make them.

  9. posted by Nick on Mar 19, 2013

    Hi i am having a christening in two weeks time and would like to make all the food myself rather than buying in, if you have any reasonably quick and easy recipes that you feel would be perfect for this occassion then please forward them on to me thankyou xx

  10. posted by Matthew S on Mar 19, 2013

    I am renting a hall & getting a dj for a night time party approx 75-100 guests, probably a sports theme. No idea what to do for food!! I don’t want to ask people to bring anything, especially since it is Christmas time!

  11. posted by maskills24 on Mar 21, 2013

    So far I’ve got
    1. Cheeseburgers and cheese
    2. Tacos
    3. Hamburger Helper
    4. Tostadas

    That’s it! Thank you for all your feed back!

  12. posted by Stevalicious on Mar 21, 2013

    What are the best (but easiest) kinds of food to prepare? And I’ve got no help, so what can I do to make sure everybody’s well-fed and happy, but I still stay sane?! It doesn’t have to be a sit-down lunch, and they probably won’t all come at the same time.

  13. posted by Only Business on Mar 22, 2013

    for sweet n sour meatballs that you can cook in a crock pot all day, so when supper time comes, its ready to serve??? If so, can you give me the recipe? plzzzzzzzzz ..

  14. posted by The Beatles on Mar 22, 2013

    I’m looking for any suggestions. If you have any healthy ideas that would be great.

  15. posted by nathan on Mar 22, 2013

    Lets face it, Banquet dinners are almost like pet food for people but in certain circumstances they are a convieniant thing to eat. Some of them are tolerable and some are questionable. I’ve noticed certain stores offer different kinds.
    What are all of the types available at the stores by you?

  16. posted by Milk84 on Mar 24, 2013

    I’ve recently started cooking for my boyfriend in the past few months before not really having much experience with cooking. I’ve learned how to properly follow directions on Macaroni and cheese, Hamburger Helper, Rice a roni, experimented with spaghetti, calzones(dough filled-like personalized hot pockets), chicken burritos, and would like some ideas on simple good recipes for dinner that are easy to make for future cooking ventures. Am open for breakfast or lunch recipes as well.

  17. posted by Bryant B on Mar 24, 2013

    Is that fluorescent red sweet and sour sauce they give u for chicken ball combo at chinese restaurants the most unhealthy condiment???

  18. posted by lets roll on Mar 25, 2013

    Both pineapple and tomato causes my dad pain, and I’m planning on making sweet and sour chicken. I just need a different sweet and sour sauce, without pineapple or tomato. Help?

  19. posted by xLittle21Yaox on Mar 26, 2013

    I am making cocktail meatballs for a party and I need a good sauce to but them with in the crock pot. I need something that is already made and can be bought off the shelf. I do not want any bbq or spaghetti/marinara type sauces. Something like a teriyaki or sweet and sour kind of sauce. Thanks in advance!

  20. posted by Erfan on Mar 28, 2013

    Hello. I have been having orange bowel movements and i am wondering if its maybe the colouring in the orange sweet and sour sauce that has been the reason for this happening?

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