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Bento Box Meatballs With Sweet and Sour Sauce

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“This recipe is for a bento box lunch that is a favorite among children at a local Japanese restaurant. Recipe has sake but the alcohol cooks out during cooking.”
READY IN:
35mins
YIELD:
25-30 meatballs
UNITS:
US

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. Combine ground meat, beaten egg and onion in a large ball and mix well. For children who have egg allergies, use pre-mixed 1/2 tsp starch and 1/2 tsp water to replace the egg. Form into bite-size balls.
  2. In a small bowl, mix sugar, soy sauce, sake, ketchup, vinegar and water to make sauce.
  3. Heat vegetable oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Stir in meatballs and cook about 5 minutes until outside is brown. Remove excess oil using paper towel, then add the sauce. Cook about 5 minutes more until the liquid is almost gone. Make sure meat is well-done.
  4. Add pre-mixed starch and water to make the leftover sauce thicker.
  5. Meatballs can be kept frozen without changing the texture or flavor. Cook many at once, freeze and defrost a small portion each morning!

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