These sweet and sour meatballs made in the
oven or the slow cooker are perfect for an easy midweek dinner or entertaining
the crowd. You guys! You’re not gonna believe how
simple it is to make a sweet and sour sauce at home. For years, I’ve been
wanting to make this Asian-inspired recipe at home but I have to admit, that
I was a little intimidated by what seemed a complicated dish.
Who am I kidding! Once my friend Lisa shared her secret ingredient to help
this sauce have a rich sweet flavor, and her recipe with less sugar than the
store-bought version, I knew I had to share it with you.
The secret ingredient is none other than prune juice. As you know, one of my
longtime partners is Sunsweet so I’m thrilled at the opportunity to partner
with them to bring you this incredible recipe. I’m going to show you the oven
method first so let’s preheat the oven and line two baking sheets with parchment
paper. This recipe is very generous; so extras can easily be frozen for a
quick and convenient meal. In a large bowl I’m going to place the panko bread
crumbs -and by the way, you’ll find a link for all the measurements below this
video with cooking times and how to make this recipe gluten free since
traditional pank crumbs are not. Let’s add the parsley, garlic, egg, soy
sauce, and mix to combine with a fork. Then, add the ground turkey, and using
your hands, mix well to combine. Now that the meatball mixture is ready,
I’m going to form 1-inch meatballs and place them on the baking sheets. One
little tip to rolling it easier is to have a little dish of oil close by
and oil the palm of your hands .The meatballs roll easier and it helps
holding them together especially if you’re cooking them in the slow cooker.
Of course, the meatball size is something that everyone prefers a little different
-and that’s okay- just make sure that for the most part, all the meatballs are of
the same size so they cook evenly and adjust your cooking time. Now that these are
ready, let’s bake them for 15 to 20 minutes until browned and cooked through.
While the meatballs are cooking, let’s prepare the sweet and sour sauce.
In a medium saucepan, over medium heat, Whisk the prune juice, rice vinegar, brown
sugar, and ketchup. One serving of Sunsweet Amaz!ng prune juice contains 3g of fiber and provides five essential vitamins and minerals; and in
this recipe, it helps heighten the flavor of the sauce with less refined sugar. Now
that the sauce is simmering let’s reduce the heat to low. In a small bowl, I’m
going to combine water and cornstarch and add it to the sauce. Let’s give it a
whisk to combine and allow it to simmer for a few minutes to thicken.
So, the meatballs are cooked and the sauce is done. All we have to do is
combine them. There are so many reasons to eat right but often the most important
ones are our loved ones in our lives. I love serving these over rice or on their
own, with additional sauce for dipping. And this is one meal I know my family loves.
If you’re making these in the slow cooker, you cook the meatballs first for
about three to four hours on high, and in the last hour make the sauce and add it
in. Of course, you’ll find the step-by-step
details in the recipe link right below this video,
so make sure you click and check it out. These are so easy to make and delicious!
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