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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Sweet n Sour Meat Two Ways

It's Too Yummy Tuesday!

On select Tuesdays I share delicious recipes either inspired by my books or that are just plain delicious!


I can't for the life of me recall where I found the original version of this recipe, but I gave it some tweaks and it has become a versatile way to liven up our boring old ground meat. I either roll these into balls or flatten into patties. 

For the gluten intolerant and paleo/clean eaters out there, substitute almond meal or finely ground nuts for the bread crumbs, and choose gluten/sugar free ketchup and mustard. (Or reconstitute dry mustard powder with water to taste.)

Sweet n Sour Meat Two Ways

Ingredients
Meat mixture
1 lb ground meat: beef, pork, turkey or a combination
1/2 cup dry bread crumbs 
1/2 onion, chopped
1 egg, beaten
1/4 tsp each salt and pepper

Sweet n Sour sauce
(Yes, you can use commercial sweet n sour sauce, but if you don't have any on hand or want more control over what's in it, try this!)
1/2 cup maple syrup
1/2 cup ketchup
3 tablespoons mustard 
1/4 cup cider vinegar
1/2 cup oil (I use olive or coconut, but regular vegetable oil works too)

Directions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix the ground meat, bread crumbs, onion, egg, and salt/pepper in a bowl with your hands until well combined. Messy, but fun! You can either make about 6 patties or a dozen meatballs with this. Whisk sauce ingredients together in a small bowl until well combined.

If making patties: Place in a greased 13x9 baking dish and bake for 15-20 minutes (depending on the thickness of your patties), flip over, and cover with sauce mixture. Continue baking another 20-30 minutes until meat is browned and sauce is thick and bubbly. 

If making meatballs: Place the patties in the prepared baking dish and pour sauce over. Let bake 30-40 minutes until meatballs are browned and sauce is thick and bubbly. 

Serves 4-6

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J. Rose Allister is the author of more than twenty-five books, primarily romance and erotic romance. A former editor and submissions director, she now works as a mild-mannered hospital secretary by day, naughty writer by night. Connect with her on Twitter or Facebook. She loves talking to people!

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