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.
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)
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.
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
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
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.