Sweet and Sour Meatballs (Suan T’ien Niu Jou Po Lo La Tzu)

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  • Published Aug 16th
  • Ready In1h
  • Servings6
  • Calories341
I grew up in Japan, and my Mother got this recipe from some Catholic nuns there during the 50's. It's been a family favorite ever since. If you're a vegetarian, try this sauce with vegetables only. It's wonderful that way also!

Sweet and Sour Meatballs (Suan T’ien Niu Jou Po Lo La Tzu) Ingredients

The following are the ingredients needed to make delicious Sweet and Sour Meatballs (Suan T’ien Niu Jou Po Lo La Tzu) for 6 servings:

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoons diced onion
  • 1 pinch ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 cup pineapple juice
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons distilled white vinegar
  • 6 tablespoons water
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 4 slices fresh pineapple, cut into pieces
  • 1 large green bell pepper, cut into thin strips
  • 1/4 carrot, thinly sliced
  • 1/3 onion, cut into wedges and separated

Sweet and Sour Meatballs (Suan T’ien Niu Jou Po Lo La Tzu) Cooking Instructions

  • Prep30m
  • Cook30m
  • Ready In1h

To cook Sweet and Sour Meatballs (Suan T’ien Niu Jou Po Lo La Tzu), you need about 30 minutes of preparation time. The time needed to cook this Sweet and Sour Meatballs (Suan T’ien Niu Jou Po Lo La Tzu) is about 30 minutes , and you can serve your Sweet and Sour Meatballs (Suan T’ien Niu Jou Po Lo La Tzu) within 1 hour . The following are the steps to cook Sweet and Sour Meatballs (Suan T’ien Niu Jou Po Lo La Tzu) easily:

  1. 1 In a mixing bowl, combine the ground beef, egg, cornstarch, salt, diced onion and pepper. Form into 1 inch meatballs; about 20.
  2. 2 In a large skillet over medium heat, brown the meatballs; drain fat and set aside.
  3. 3 Heat the oil in a large saucepan over low heat. Pour in the pineapple juice and simmer for a few minutes.
  4. 4 In a small bowl, combine the 3 tablespoons of cornstarch, soy sauce, vinegar and water. Stir until smooth and pour into the pineapple juice. Add the sugar and simmer until thickened, stirring constantly.
  5. 5 Place the meatballs, pineapple pieces, green pepper, carrot and onion into the sauce mixture. Heat thoroughly.

Notes

  • Partner Tip
  • Try using a Reynolds® slow cooker liner in your slow cooker for easier cleanup.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 341 calories; 15.1 grams of fat; 37.5 grams of carbohydrates; 14.6 grams of protein; 77 milligrams of cholesterol; 599 milligrams of sodium.

  1. Apr 7th 2010

    Absolutely awseome! You can double the sauce as most here have suggested, or use half pork, half beef, (that's what I did...excellent) but whatever you do, make it! Your loved ones will thin ...

  2. Apr 22nd 2009

    This is really authentic. We had it over garlic fried rice with veggie egg rolls. I didn't really care for the meatballs, but I'm not really a fan, even in Italian food. I did enjoy the vegg ...

  3. Mar 18th 2008

    I have made this recipe twice, and there is just enough sauce. The first time I doubled the sauce as others had mentioned. It made too much sauce, and all we tasted was the sauce. The sec ...

  4. Feb 1st 2008

    I have tried other recipes, and this one is my family's favorite. I always make extra for left overs too. I do add more veggies though. Always extra peppers and sometimes celery too. What ev ...

  5. Jun 14th 2007

    This was great but I made it a little better. First the sauce must be a clear color and takes over the flavor of the meat. The meat also needed a little help. This is what I did. For the ...

  6. Jan 8th 2007

    Very good recipe! My suggestions: Double the sauce ingredients if you are serving over rice. Want to cut calories? Use splenda instead of sugar. Spray Pam in pan prior to browning meatbal ...

  7. Jun 20th 2006

    Great!Added chunks of pineapple to the meat prior to making the meatballs. Added just a little zest, and blended great with the rest of the recipe.Served over rice.

  8. Nov 23rd 2002

    Outstanding recipe, Poni! My family loves these meatballs, and the sauce is soooo good!

  9. Jun 11th 2001

    This was pretty good. I did make some changes. I was leary about putting cornstarch in the meatballs so I substituted dry bread crumbs. Instead of frying the meatballs I cooked them in the o ...