Amish Meatballs

My Mom used to make this recipe when I was growing up and I consider it an old favorite.  Amish Meatballs, as I know them, are a cross between sweet & sour meatballs, BBQ meatballs, and General’s Chicken from the Chinese restaurant (minus the spice).  The recipe I have includes instructions for a basic pork meatball, but I’ve used some meatballs I made previously and had in the freezer.  I’ll include that recipe for you as well.

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Amish Meatballs

1 lb. unseasoned ground pork

1/2 cup bread crumbs or cracker crumbs

1 egg, slightly beaten

Mix together.  Form into small balls and brown.  (cook in a pan or in
oven at 350 for 30min)

 

Sauce:

3/4 cup ketchup

1/8 cup white vinegar

1/8 cup soy sauce

1/4 cup brown sugar

Place browned meatballs in crockpot.  Mix together sauce ingredients and
pour over meatballs.  Heat on LOW for a couple hours or until hot.
Serve over rice or noodles.

Variation:

You can use precooked frozen meatballs as well.  Simply put them in the
crockpot, pour sauce over them and heat on LOW for 4-6 hours or until
hot.  You can also make this a day or two ahead before heating in the
crockpot.

I’ve made this recipe using two meal-size portions of meatballs from the
recipe below, and I made 2.5 times the sauce (’cause I like my meatballs
SAUCY).

 

Make-ahead Meatballs

15oz. tomato sauce

1 3/4 cups bread crumbs (Italian seasoned is nice)

4 eggs, slightly beaten

1/2 cup onion, finely chopped

1/2 cup green pepper, finely chopped

1 teaspoon salt (optional)

5 pounds ground beef (ground turkey would probably work well, too)

In a giant bowl, combine everything but the meat.  Add the meat and mix
well.  Shape into meatballs using a 1 TBS cookie scoop.  Brown
meatballs in a skillet or arrange them on a broiler pan and bake for 30 minutes
at 350 degrees.  (I baked them in 4 batches)

This recipe makes about 225 meatballs if you make them 1 Tablespoon each.
Divide the meatballs into meal-size portions (which is 5 groups of 45 for us),
place in a single layer on a cookie sheet and freeze.  After they’re
frozen, transfer them to a zip-lock freezer bag and keep frozen until you need
them for a meal; then thaw and heat with your favorite sauce.

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