I confess, I have also used ready made Swedish Meatballs in this recipe in the past and it has worked beautifully. The only kind of ready made meat ball I would not use would be Italian ones as the ingredients in Italian meatballs would jar somewhat with the flavours of the sweet and sour sauce.
In a pinch you can also use cubed ham, or Spam. Yes, I did say that word. Spam. We happen to like Spam. I have also used sausage meat, which I have removed from the skins, rolled into balls and browned. Let me just say, they are superdy duperdy good.
But do try making your own bulk meatballs and keeping them in the freezer for just such a day as this. You will find they are really a great ingredient to have on hand.
This sauce is fabulous. Not too sweet. Not too sour. With the perfect balance of both, and plenty of crunch from the carrots, colour from the peppers, and then there is that sweetness from the pineapple. We love pineapple. Well, altogether we love these meatballs! There you have it!
*Pineapple Sweet & Sour Meatballs*Serves 6
1/2 TBS olive oil1 medium onion, peeled and chopped
salt and black pepper to taste
25 ready made meatballs
Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan. Add the onion, carrot and red pepper. Cook, stirring, until they have softened.
In the summer months, you can also simmer the meatballs in the sauce in a pan on top of the stove. You won't get that nice golden colour on the meatballs, but what the heck, they are still delicious irregardless of the colour. I hope you will give them a go! Bon Appetit!