Monday, 10 December 2012

Homemade Meatballs with Sweet and Sour Dipping Sauce

I am in the home stretch now! One more exam and one more paper to write before I get to come home for Christmas vacation! I can see the light at the end of the tunnel and I cannot wait to get there :)

Lately, I have been poring over my holiday baking/cooking books trying to find recipes to make and post.  It's been more difficult than I thought, as many recipes don't seem very "festive" to me, or the recipes are very complex and sadly I don't have time to make them. I have a few tucked up my sleeve though, so keep looking here for more recipes for your holiday parties and festivities!

Please ignore the LARGE chunks of onion in these meatballs. I left the onion-chopping up to the boyfriend and look what happened...

Meatballs seem to be a pretty a pretty standard staple for hors d'oeuvres at any party, so I whipped up this batch, along with some sweet and sour dipping sauce. As much as I like to make sweets and desserts for the holidays, they never seem to disappear as fast as I would hope, and lingering candies somehow always find their way to my hips...

People always gravitate towards the savory dishes, so it's nice to have a lot of options when you're throwing a party. This recipe would be a great addition to the food table at any holiday gathering!

I hope you're all getting as excited for Christmas (or whichever holiday you celebrate!) festivities as I am!! :)

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Homemade Meatballs with Sweet and Sour Dipping Sauce
Bake Time: 15mins           Yields 50-60 meatballs and 2-3 cups dipping sauce

1 lb lean ground beef
1 egg
1 tsp worcestershire sauce
1/4 cup finely chopped onion (finer than seen in the pictures!)
1/2 cup sour cream
1/3 cup fine bread crumbs
3/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper

2/3 cup brown sugar, packed
3 Tbsps cornstarch
2 tsps dry mustard powder
1 cup pineapple juice
1/2 cup white vinegar
1/2 cup ketchup
1/2 cup water
1/2 tsp soy sauce

1) Preheat the oven to 350 F.
2) Combine beef, egg, worcestershire sauce, onion, sour cream, bread crumbs, salt, and pepper into a medium bowl and mix until completely combine. Shape into 1-inch balls and arrange on your baking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes.
3) While your meatballs are baking, prepare the sauce. Stir brown sugar, cornstarch, and mustard powder together in a medium saucepan.
4) Add pineapple juice, vinegar, ketchup, water, and soy sauce and stir until completely combined. Heat and stir until the sauce boils and becomes thick.
5) Sauce can be served on the side for dipping, or poured over the meatballs.

(Recipe adapted from Company's Coming for Christmas)

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