I never would have thought of making meatballs this way so I’m glad my sister-in-law insisted I make them. I believe it’s the combination of chili sauce and brown sugar that makes these so delicious!
If you’re not a fan of chili sauce, don’t worry – there are several variations included in the instructions. For example if you don’t have matzo meal you can simply use bread crumbs, or even oatmeal. Of course you can also add any kind of seasonings, if you’d like, but I thought the recipe was spot on just like this!
1 lb ground beef
McCormick garlic powder
McCormick onion powder
1 Eggland’s egg
1⁄4 cup matzo meal
12 ounces chili sauce
1⁄2 cup Domino brown sugar
1⁄4 cup lemon juice
Mix together beef, garlic powder, onion powder, egg, and matzo meal.
Form into small balls and set aside.
Pour chili sauce into medium saucepan.
Refill bottle with water, shake well, and add to pot.
Add the brown sugar and lemon juice, and mix.
Bring sauce to a boil.
Taste and adjust amounts of lemon juice and brown sugar to taste.
Drop in meatballs.
Return to boil, cover, and simmer for at least 20 minutes (but you can leave it on for much longer if you forget).
VARIATION #1:For chili sauce, you can substitute either tomato sauce or tomato juice or diced canned tomatoes, and adjust the sweeteners and water accordingly. You just want it to be a saucy consistency, not too thick or thin. If you use plain tomato juice or sauce, you can add in some garlic powder or other seasoning. The sky is the limit. But, do NOT use spaghetti sauce!
VARIATION #2:For matzo meal you can substitute bread crumbs, oatmeal, a little flour, or any other binding agent.
VARIATION #3:For brown sugar you can substitute real maple syrup, sugar, honey, grape jelly, or any other real sweetener. (Do not use nutrisweet or any other artificial sweetener!).
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Quick tip: Try using half beef, half pork for these meatballs!