I love it when I find a recipe that I love, and even better when my kids love it. This is one of those, and yes I just used love 3 times, it’s that good. I grew up on this delicious recipe.  It is one of those recipes where it can be 4 o’clock in the afternoon and we need to be somewhere by 6 and I still have time to make it, not fight the kids to eat it and still be where we need to be on time. So if your reading this and wondering what’s for dinner this could be what you’re having and the best part is you probably have all the ingredients.

sweet and sour ing

1 pound hamburger
1 cup bread crumbs
1 egg
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp onion powder

1 1/2 cup ketchup
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup water
1 TBS Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp vinegar
1 tsp mustard
1 whole onion-chopped up

This recipe is super easy and takes about 10 minutes to put together and 20 minutes to cook. Begin by mixing together your the sauce ingredients in a pan, let it come to a boil while you are making the meatballs. Mix the first 5 ingredients together in a bowl. I mix it together with my hands and then form it into 1-inch balls. Once the sauce has come to a boil turn down to medium heat and start adding your meatballs.  Cook for 20 minutes.  Serve over rice. Yummy.


A couple of things I have learned as I have made this in the past.  This recipe is perfect for a mom and 5 kids under the age of 11.  Not enough to feed a dad, a mom and 5 kids, so I actually 1 1/2 the meat and double the sauce since we like it to be a little bit runnier. It tends to thicken as it cooks.  Also the onions are the one thing my kids don’t like but I still put it in, if I cut it really small they never know.  If I am lazy and don’t want to cut up an onion I have used minced onions before and it works fine.  You can always add green peppers or pineapple to add some extra flavor to this already delicious meal.  Let us know if you have any other yummy, easy, kid-friendly meals, We’re always looking for new recipes to try on our families

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