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.

Source: Family Circle


Recipe Summary

15 mins
15 mins total
10 mins
36 meatballs




Make Sauce:
  • 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:
  • 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.

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  • 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.

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

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

Nutrition Facts

42 calories; total fat 2g; saturated fat 1g; cholesterol 27mg; sodium 73mg; carbohydrates 2g; fiberg; protein 4g.