Sweet and Sour Faux Meat Balls

Sweet and Sour Faux Meat Balls

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Janet Potts
Recipe by  Janet Potts

“A great dish with sweet and sour sauce. Serve it with a big bowl of steamed rice.”

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Original recipe yields 8 to 10 servings



  1. To make Sweet and Sour Sauce: In a medium bowl combine the oil, vinegar, jam, ketchup, grated onion, salt, oregano and hot pepper sauce. Stir until well combined.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  3. In a large bowl combine the eggs, Cheddar cheese, cottage cheese, chopped onion, pecans, basil, salt, sage and bread crumbs. Mix well and form into 2 inch balls or patties. Place them in a 9x13 inch baking dish and cover them with sweet and sour sauce. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 35 to 40 minutes.

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These appetizers really have a meaty texture and a wonderful taste. Non-vegetarians may not even realize that they're not made of meat! And for vegetarians, it's a refreshing and delicious alternative to soy-based meat substitutes. If you want them to taste more "sausagey" try doubling the amount of sage and add a hearty dash of dried basil. When I made this recipe for a holiday party, I coated a pan with non-stick spray, put the meatballs on it without the sauce, and baked for 30 minutes at 325 degrees F, in order to brown and firm them up nicely. Then I tossed them into a crockpot and covered them in homemade barbecue sauce (there are several fine recipes on this website). DELICIOUS party appetizer! I'll also consider making them in a white sauce and serving them over egg noodles, a la Swedish "meatballs". Thank you, Janet, for posting this recipe! It's definitely on my "keeper" list!



This recipe makes a lot but it was so tasty that we didn't have any problems finishing them. A great alternative to greasy real meatballs.



These are the best "fake" meatballs I have ever tasted. It was almost scary how much they looked and tasted like "real" meatballs. I had to keep reminding myself that I had not actually put any hamburger into the recipe! The sweet and sour sauce was very good, too. I also plan to make the meatballs again with Italian seasonings and parmesan cheese and use them in spaghetti.

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Amount Per Serving (9 total)

  • Calories
  • 461 cal
  • 23%
  • Fat
  • 24 g
  • 37%
  • Carbs
  • 51.7 g
  • 17%
  • Protein
  • 14 g
  • 28%
  • Cholesterol
  • 133 mg
  • 44%
  • Sodium
  • 1597 mg
  • 64%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet



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