...detailed instructions for the uninformed... or my children who have left home!
SWEET & SOUR MEATBALLS: Season your uncooked, ground beef with a package of onion soup mix (a pound - a pound & a half per package soup mix), OR with 1/4 tsp. garlic powder, 1 tsp. onion powder, 1/2 tsp. seasoned salt, and a liberal sprinkling of pepper. Shape seasoned ground beef into balls. Cook meatballs in skillet (frying pan) until they're brown. (If you don't want to bake them for an hour, make sure the meatballs are cooked right through- until there's no pinkness in the middle of them. Cut the biggest one in half to make sure it's cooked in the middle) Remove meatballs to a casserole dish. Drain fat from skillet. Use the skillet to make the Sweet and Sour Sauce. Pour the sauce over the meatballs in the casserole dish. Bake meatballs in sauce at 350*F for an hour, (while you make the rice and wash the pan!). You can also make the meatballs and sauce ahead- the night before or in the morning, and leave it in the fridge. Just microwave it at suppertime til meatballs are hot and sauce is bubbly. I've also made sweet and sour meatballs, and instead of putting them in a casserole pot I've left them in the slow cooker on Low heat all day.