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Sweet and Sour Meatballs

  • Author: A Foodie Affair


These deliciously sweet and sour meatballs and the perfect food to pick on. This tasty sweet and sour sauce is perfect for an appetizer.


  • 4 slices hearty white sandwich bread, torn into pieces
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 1/2 pound ground pork
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons pepper
  • 2 1/2 pounds 85% lean ground beef
  • For the sauce:
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 onion, minced
  • 1 (28-ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 2 1/2 cups apricot preserves
  • 1/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes


  1. Adjust oven racks to upper-middle and lower-middle positions and heat oven to 450 degrees F.
  2. In large bowl mash bread, milk, and egg yolks with a fork until smooth. Add pork, parsley, garlic, salt, and pepper and mix until combined. Add beef and mix until combined.
  3. Using a tablespoon, roll meat mixture into 1ΒΌ-inch meatballs and place on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake meatballs on 2 rimmed baking sheets until cooked through and beginning to brown, 12 to 15 minutes, switching and rotating sheets halfway through cooking.
  4. While the meatballs are baking, heat oil in Dutch oven over medium-high heat until shimmering. Cook onion until softened, about 5 minutes. Mix in tomato sauce, preserves, sugar, Worcestershire, mustard, and pepper flakes and bring to boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until sauce is thickened, about 15 minutes. Add meatballs and simmer until 5-10 minutes.


Here is an optional way to cook these in the slow cooker. Cook sauce as directed, and place uncooked tiny meatballs into prepared sauce. Cook in slow cooker until cooked. This eliminates any browned meatballs from the oven cooking method. The oven method is quicker, but watch like a hawk to make sure the meatballs don’t brown too much! And make sure you make the meatballs small enough to pop in your mouth!