This recipe comes from my fabulous SIL, Shannan! She made it for my husband and I nearly 11 years ago....and I never forgot it. It's that good!! It did take me forever to ask her for the recipe though.....like 9 years to be exact. It's one of my most favorite meals to make. And to eat. Just so we're clear on that. Anyways, Shannan graciously agreed to let me share this recipe with you. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!
1.5 pounds ground beef
2/3 c. cracker crumbs or quick oats
1/3 c. minced onion (I usually use dried onions)
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. ginger
1/4 c. milk
Sweet & Sour Sauce
2. Tbsp. cornstarch
1/2 c. brown sugar
1 can pineapple chunks or tidbits (save juice)
1/3 c. vinegar
1 Tbsp. soy sauce
1/3 c. chopped green pepper
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Mix beef, cracker crumbs or quick oats, onion, egg, salt, ginger, and milk together. Form into tablespoon-sized balls and put in a 9x13 baking pan. In a sauce pan, mix cornstarch, brown sugar, vinegar, reserved pineapple juice, and soy sauce. Heat on medium until boiling, stirring constantly. Boil gently for 1 minute. Take off heat and add the pineapple chunks and green pepper. Pour over the meatballs and bake for 30-40 minutes. Serve over rice.
**My family loves the sweet and sour sauce, so I always double it.