Gluten Free Sweet & Sour Mini Meatballs

This weekend we made sweet and sour mini meatballs as an appetizer at my son’s birthday party. They went so fast that I said afterwards we really didn’t make enough. When my husband reminded me we had made more than 60, I realized just how much people liked them and wanted to share the recipe with you.

Meatballs make great food for families. Kids and adults love them, and they can make a full meal or party appetizer depending on the size and accompaniments. Another thing that I really like is that you can make a bunch in one sitting and then freeze and use them as needed for many weeks. As a busy mom, this time saving factor is key for me, and the fact that these are healthy and satisfying makes this dish a win.

Gluten Free Sweet & Sour Meatballs

This recipe is gluten free, dairy free, tree nut and peanut free.

Meatball Ingredients:

3/4 lb ground pork

3/4 lb ground grass fed beef

1 egg

1 cup gluten free panko

GF Italian seasoning to taste (1-2 tbsp)

4 cloves of garlic, finely chopped

1 medium yellow onion

Salt & Pepper to taste

Sauce Ingredients:

1/2 cup water

1/2 cup GF organic beef broth

1 cup brown sugar

1/4 cup white wine vinegar

1/2 cup GF ketchup

2 Tbsp non GMO cornstarch

2 Tbsp GF soy sauce

Meatball Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine all meatball ingredients into a bowl and mix until evenly combined.
  3. Roll small meatballs (1-1.5 inches) and place on a cookie sheet.
  4. Bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes.

Sauce Directions:

  1. Combine all sauce ingredients into a small sauce plan and place on medium-high heat.
  2. Bring to a boil and then reduce to simmer.
  3. Allow the sauce to simmer until it gets to the consistency you prefer, about 10-15 minutes.

When you’re ready to serve, pour the sauce over the meatballs and toss to coat evenly.