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Air Fryer Sweet and Sour Meatballs are the Perfect Holiday App

Air fryer sweet and sour meatballs on a plate
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
20 min
Yields
6-8 servings

These meatballs are a holiday must-make appetizer for me! They are so addictive, glazed with a mix of sweet and tangy sauce. For the ground meat I recommend a mix of beef and pork for maximum flavour, but for a lighter version using ground turkey or chicken works too. The meatballs and sauce can be prepared a day in advance. Simply air fry the meatballs and reheat the sauce just before serving. Watch as they rapidly disappear when your guests arrive!

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ingredients

For the meatballs

1
lb lean ground beef and/or lean ground pork
1
large egg
½
cup panko bread crumbs
3
Tbsp minced onion
2
cloves of garlic, minced
1
tsp salt, or to taste
½
tsp black pepper
1
pinch ground nutmeg

For the sweet and sour sauce

1
cup apricot jam
½
cup apple cider vinegar
2
cloves garlic, grated
1
Tbsp chili paste
1
Tbsp mustard
1
tsp low-sodium soy sauce or tamari
Salt, to taste
Pepper, to taste
3
Tbsp water
1
Tbsp cornstarch
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directions

Ingredients for air fryer meatballs
Step 1

In a large mixing bowl add the ground meat, egg, panko, onion, garlic, salt, pepper and nutmeg.

Ingredients for air fryer meatballs in a bowl
Step 2

Using your hands, mix until well blended. Do not over mix or the meat will become tough.

Ingredients for air fryer meatballs being mixed by hand in a bowl
Step 3

Evenly divide and shape mixture into 24 meatballs. Use a small ice cream scoop for consistent sizing.

Uncooked meatballs on a plate
Step 4

Chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes. Working in batches (depending on the size of your air fryer) transfer the meatballs in a single layer to the air fryer and cook at 400°F until cooked throughout, about 10 to 12 minutes.

Step 5

As the meatballs cook, prepare the sauce. To a saucepan over medium heat whisk together the jam, vinegar, garlic, chili paste, mustard, soy sauce, salt and pepper. Bring to a gentle simmer and cook until the mixture begins to cook down, about 5 minutes.

Sweet and sour sauce in a skillet
Step 6

In a small mixing bowl whisk together the water and cornstarch to create a slurry. Add mixture to the pan and whisk until sauce begins to thicken, about 2 minutes.

Step 7

Coat meatballs in the sauce.

Meatballs in a skillet of sweet and sour sauce
Step 8

Transfer to a plate and serve immediately.

Air fryer sweet and sour meatballs on a plate

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