Thursday, September 18, 2008

Sweet and Sour Meatballs

Don't you love it when you can pull together a meal in like twenty minutes. I sure do. Sometimes I am so busy with the kids, canning, etc that I realize my husband is about to come home and I have done nothing with the meat I pulled out of the freezer that morning. YIKES. Be patient honey its almost done. Throw on the rice, hopefully it will cook quickly. Have I mentioned that my DH is a bear when he is hungry. A cute bear, but a bear nonetheless.

Whenever I make a recipe with sauce, I invariably double the sauce component. The following recipe will give you quite a bit of sauce. I know I filed this under Asian (it's not really Asian, I know) as it is kind of Americanized Chinese.

Oh and yes in a ll my haste I never sprinkled the green onions on top. Do it! It adds flavor and dresses it up!

Sweet and Sour Meatballs

3 ribs celery
2 cups of chopped peppers
1/2 cup green onions
1 1/2 cups chopped meat (I used leftover turkey meatballs)
3 tablespoons cider vinegar
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/2 jalapeno minced (if you like heat)
1/2 cup of pineapple, canned or fresh
2 tablespoons corn starch
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1 tablespoon canola oil
1 1/2 cup chicken broth, divided

Saute celery, and chopped peppers (and jalapeno)in canola and sesame oil until slightly softened. Remove vegetables from pot and place in a bowl and set aside. Heat meat up in 1 cup of broth. While that is heating up combine the remainder of broth, brown sugar, vinegar and corn starch. Add the vinegar mixture to the meat and broth. Also add 1/2 cup of pineapple. Bring to a boil until sauce is thickened, add vegetables back to mixture. Serve with rice.


The Blonde Duck said...

Those look great! I love meatballs.

kat said...

But isn't that Americanized Chinese what we all grew up with?

Grace said...

awesome spur-of-the-moment dish! i think i prefer this americanized chinese. :)

giz said...

Whenever I know there's an event coming, I always make a whack of these in advance and freeze them. They're just perfect for a party or even an every day meal.