Grandma’s Sweet and Sour Meatballs

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Oh man do these meatballs remind me of dinners at Grandma Clark’s!  Good memories!!  I call these meatballs sweet and sour, because that’s what it reminds me of.  I’ve adapted the sauce recipe a bit more to my liking as I like a sauce (lots of sauce) with bold flavors.

Definitely a family favorite and makes great leftovers!

You can serve these meatballs over rice or egg noodles.


  • 2 lb. lean ground meat (I use ground turkey or chicken)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 c. Italian seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1/2 envelope of dry onion soup
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. dried parsley
  • 1 tsp. dried celery flakes
  • 2 c. vinegar
  • 2 c. water
  • 3/4 – 1 c. sugar (use juice of 20 oz pineapple chunks can)
  • 2 c. ketchup
  • 2 envelopes dry onion soup mix
  • 1 c. (or 1 bag) raisins or craisins (or omit and add an additional 1/2 c. sugar)
  • 1 20 oz. can pineapple chunks from above (can omit if desire)
  • Hot rice or egg noodles


  1. Meat: Mix meat through celery flakes together.
  2. Sauce: Combine vinegar through raisins and pineapple in a large pot.
  3. Roll meat mixture into walnut sized meatballs and place them in the pot.  Cover and simmer for 1 hour in the sauce.
  4. Serve over rice or egg noodles.

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