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Sweet and Sour Meatballs

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This recipe is an absolutely wonderful hors d'oeuvre or appetizer for any kind of party or celebration.

EQUIPMENT: 2 large mixing bowlsmeasuring cup and spoons,French chef's knife, cutting board and large covered sauté skillet or electric skillet  

sweet and sour meatballs

PREPARATION TIME: 45 minutes - Makes 25 to 30 meatballs

1poundgroundbeef or turkey

L poundItaliansausage,removedfromcasing

1 medium onion,minced

2 cloves garlic, minced

2 eggs, beaten

½ cup dry breadcrumbs

SWEETANDSOURSAUCE

2/3 cup apple cider vinegar

¼ cup cornstarch (4 tablespoons)

1 (8-oz.) can pine apple chunks in juice, undrained

1 (8-oz.) can bamboo shoots, undrained

2/3 cup packed light brown sugar

1 (8-oz.) jar maraschino cherries, undrained

¼ cup soy sauce

Combine the ground turkey or beef, Italian sausage, onion,garlic, eggs and bread crumbs in a mixing bowl. Mix well and shape mixture into 25 to 30 l-inch meatballs.

In a hot, dry skillet over medium-high heat 325˚F – 350˚F (165˚C - 175˚C), dry sauté the meatballs with the cover on and the vent open until browned on all sides, 15 minutes, turning occasionally.

Meanwhile, prepare the sauce: In a mixing bowl, combine the vinegar and cornstarch. Stir in remaining ingredients and mix well.

Slowly stir the sauce mixture into the meatballs. Cook, stirring, until thickened. Remove the skillet from the heat and let stand for 5 minutes before serving.

To serve, place toothpicks into the meatballs and serve straight from the skillet or transfer them to a warm serving dish.

PER 2 MEATBALLS WITH SAUCE: 418Calories • 9gFat(18%caloriesfromfat) • 12gProtein • 77g Carbohydrates• 64 mgCholesterol • 502mg Sodium

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