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Sweet And Sour Meatball Stir-Fry (Saucy!)

Sweet and Sour Meatball Stir-Fry with loads of sauce (or not!) is the perfect week night dinner – meatballs, vegetables and sauce made in a wok or large skillet.

Sweet and Sour Meatball Stir-Fry with loads of sauce (or not!) is the perfect week night dinner - meatballs, vegetables and sauce made in a wok or large skillet.

Last week was a sad week for our family. My aunt, late Dad’s sister, passed away after a couple of days in hospital and a long illness. Although I did not see her much these last couple of years, she was always on my mind and in my heart.

I was certainly in no mood for cooking and we mostly had take-outs, but over the weekend I got my head straight again. Well, sort of as I had no creative juices flowing.

Therefore I resorted to one of my favorite cook books, Eenskotteltreffers, and found this recipe, which I adapted slightly for a Sweet and Sour Meatball Stir-Fry.

Sweet and Sour Meatball Stir-Fry with loads of sauce (or not!) is the perfect week night dinner - meatballs, vegetables and sauce made in a wok or large skillet.

Meatballs and Stir-Fries – oh yeah !

If you have been following With A Blast for a while now, you should know by now that we absolutely LOVE meatballs ! And Stir-Fries !

Combine the two and you have an awesome dinner, which is quick, easy and uses all standard pantry ingredients. As it is Winter now here in South-Africa, the sauce was very welcome !

I am usually not a too-much-sauce kinda person, but find sauce very comforting during the colder months. Hubby is a sauce person, the more, the better.

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My son on the other hand is more of an in between sauce preference eater.  I am only starting to learn what his girlfriend likes or prefers, but have to say she gave a big thumbs up for this Sweet and Sour Meatball Stir-Fry.

Meatballs:

I rolled the meatballs as small as possible (a little bigger than a marble size) so as to not get the fried vegetables hidden by larger meatballs.

Sweet and Sour Meatball Stir-Fry (Saucy!) - Ingredients

Vegetables:

Not too much vegetables as both my son and his girlfriend are not veggie lovers ! The Celery, Bell Peppers and Cauliflower is an absolute delicious flavor combination and so suitable for Stir-Fries.

Sweet and Sour Meatball Stir-Fry (Saucy!) - Ingredients

And the Sauce !

The sauce can really not be any simpler than this one. Sweet, sour and salty ! Perfect base for a sweet and sour dish, especially with the selected vegetables and the Pineapple used in this recipe.

Sweet and Sour Meatball Stir-Fry (Saucy!) - Ingredients

We enjoyed the Stir-Fry over Tagliatelle but it will be equally delicious served over rice or mashed potatoes. The 6 servings I have in the recipe card below is for adult sized portions.

If you have more mouths to feed, you can always double the vegetables, which will still work out to be a very economical dinner meal.

Sweet and Sour Meatball Stir-Fry with loads of sauce (or not!) is the perfect week night dinner - meatballs, vegetables and sauce made in a wok or large skillet.

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Sweet And Sour Meatball Stir-Fry (Saucy!)

Yield: 6 Servings

Sweet and Sour Meatball Stir-Fry (Saucy!)

Sweet and Sour Meatball Stir-Fry (Saucy!)

Sweet and Sour Meatball Stir-Fry with loads of sauce (or not!) is the perfect week night dinner - meatballs, vegetables and sauce made in a wok or large skillet.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes

Ingredients

MEATBALLS:

  • 1/2 cup Breadcrumbs, ( I use Wholewheat bread )
  • 1 Onion, finely chopped
  • Vegetable Oil, for frying
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1/2 t Spices for Meat
  • 1/2 t Black Pepper
  • 2 t Salt
  • 1/2 t Dried Coriander
  • 1 t Dried Parsley
  • 900 g Lean Ground Beef, ( 2 pounds )
  • 1/2 cup Milk

Vegetables:

  • 1 Green Bell Pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1 1/2 cups Cauliflower, cut into small bits
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1 1/2 cups Celery, chopped

SAUCE:

  • 1 can Pineapple Pieces, drained ( 420 g - 14 oz)
  • 1/4 cup Cornflour, ( Cornstarch )
  • 2 TB Soy Sauce
  • 2/3 cup White Vinegar
  • 2/3 cup Brown Sugar
  • 3 cups Water
  • 1 1/2 cups Cherry Tomatoes, some sliced in half

Instructions

MEATBALLS:

  1. Combine all the ingredients for the Meatballs (except the Oil) - roll into small balls - fry in a little Oil in a wok or large skillet over medium heat - drain and keep aside

VEGETABLES:

  1. Using the same wok/skillet and leftover Oil - stir-fry the Celery, both Bell Peppers and Cauliflower 3 - 4 minutes - remove from wok/skillet and keep aside

SAUCE:

  1. Combine the Water, Brown Sugar, Vinegar and Soy Sauce - pour into the wok/skillet and bring to the boil - mix the Cornflour with a little Water and stir into the Sauce - cook 2 - 3 minutes until thickened
  2. Add the cooked Meatballs, stir-fried Vegetables, Pineapple and the Tomatoes to the Sauce - heat through and serve

Notes

  • Recipe slightly adapted by me from the cook book Eenskotteltreffers
  • To Serve: Use a slotted spoon to scoop Vegetables and Meatballs over pasta, rice or mashed potatoes - lastly pour over sauce as per each eater's preference

Nutrition Information

Yield

6

Amount Per Serving Calories 686.1Total Fat 36.5gSaturated Fat 15.3gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 21.2gCholesterol 176.5mgSodium 1426.4mgCarbohydrates 65gFiber 3.2gSugar 28.7gProtein 32.9g

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Elysia | Haute & Healthy Living

Monday 2nd of July 2018

I love meatballs!! This looks like such a delicious way to incorporate them!

Tina Dawson

Monday 2nd of July 2018

I love the scrumptiousness of this dish!

Mike from Chili Pepper Madness

Monday 2nd of July 2018

Definitely saving this one. I love the flavor combination and definitely all the meatballs.

Traci

Monday 2nd of July 2018

I'm up for meatballs any day of the week...and what a unique idea! Thanks for the recipe!

Jessica Formicola

Monday 2nd of July 2018

Oh wow, does this look delicious! This looks like the perfect comfort food!

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