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Sweet and Sour Meatballs

  • Author: Mandy Pagano
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings/ 32 meatballs with sauce
  • Category: Pork, Asian
  • Method: Baked/Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Asian

Description

Minus fiber and 4.5 g sugar alcohols =

3.3 g NET carbs per serving


Ingredients

For the meatballs:

  • 2 lb (32 oz/ 907 g) ground pork sausage
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 oz (28 g) crushed pork rinds
  • 1/4 c (2 fl oz/ 59 ml) Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 tsp Seasoned Salt
  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced, tops only

For the sauce:

  • 3/4 c (6 fl oz/ 177 ml) water
  • 1/4 c (2 fl oz/ 59 ml) rice cooking wine (look for one that’s 1 carb or less per 2 tbsp)
  • 1/4 c (2 fl oz/ 59 ml) rice vinegar, unseasoned
  • 1/4 c (2 fl ox/ 59 ml) coconut aminos
  • 1/4 c (2 fl oz/ 59 ml) low sugar or sugar free ketchup
  • 3 tbsp (approx. 1 1/2 oz/ 43 g) brown sugar substitute (I used Swerve Brown)
  • 1 tbsp (1/2 fl oz/ 15 ml) sesame oil
  • 1 tsp orange extract
  • 1 tsp ginger paste
  • 1/2 tsp glucomannan powder
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely minced

Instructions

Make the meatballs:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F and line a baking sheet with foil.
  2. Mix all the meatball ingredients well, by hand, until thoroughly combined.
  3. Form into 32 evenly-sized meatballs, then arrange on the baking sheet.
  4. Bake the meatballs at 400 for 20 minutes, or until an instant read termometer inserted into the center of a meatball reads 160 degrees F.
  5. Run them under the broiler for 2-3 minutes to lightly brown the tops, if desired.
  6. Remove from the oven and let rest while making the sauce.

Make the sauce:

  1. Combine all sauce ingredients except glucomannan powder in a sauce pan set over medium-high heat.
  2. Gradually whisk in the glucomannan powder, then bring to the boil.
  3. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer 5 minutes, or until it’s as thick as you like.
  4. Remove from the heat, then toss with the meatballs to coat.
  5. Serve hot.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 4 sauced meatballs
  • Calories: 442
  • Fat: 35 g
  • Carbohydrates: 8.4 g (see Description for NET carbs)
  • Fiber: 0.6 g
  • Protein: 24.4 g

Keywords: Sweet and Sour, tangy, meatballs, pork, sausage