Sweet & Sour Meatballs

The convenience of the microwave reduces the start-to-finish time of these sweet and sour meatballs to less than 30 minutes. Serve this recipe as an appetizer or spoon over cooked noodles for a main dish.

Sweet & Sour Meatballs
Yield: 36 meatballs Prep 15 mins Microwave 15 mins total Stand 10 mins


  • 1 can (8 ounces) crushed pineapple in juice
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 1/2 pounds ground veal
  • 1/3 cup unseasoned bread crumbs
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Make It

Make Sauce:

1. Place pineapple, tomato sauce, vinegar and sugar in an 11 x 7 x 2-inch microwave-safe dish. Stir to combine. Cover with microwave-safe plastic wrap and vent at one corner. Microwave on HIGH for 5 minutes. Set aside, covered.

Make Meatballs:

2. In a large bowl, mix together the veal, bread crumbs, eggs, chili powder, cumin and salt. Roll 1 tablespoon of the veal mixture into a small meatball. Repeat, for a total of 36.

3. Spray a second 11 x 7-inch microwave-safe dish with nonstick cooking spray. Place half of the meatballs in dish, cover with plastic wrap and vent. Microwave on HIGH for 3 minutes. Transfer meatballs to dish containing sauce. Recoat second dish with nonstick spray; microwave remaining uncooked meatballs for 3 minutes. Add to sauce.

4. Cover sauce and meatballs with plastic wrap and vent. Microwave on HIGH for 4 minutes. Stir; re-cover and let stand for 10 minutes.

5. Serve meatballs as an appetizer, or spoon over cooked noodles as a main course, if desired.

Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving: cal. (kcal): 42, Fat, total (g): 2, chol. (mg): 27, sat. fat (g): 1, carb. (g): 2, fiber (g): , pro. (g): 4, sodium (mg): 73, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.