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Garlic Meatballs with Sweet & Sour Sauce

Contributed by: News Canada

Molasses - the ultimate 'comfort food' ingredient (NC) - Have you noticed how many wonderful childhood memories are rooted in the kitchens of our childhood homes? I overheard a lady tasting a snappy Gingersnap cookie recently, her eyes glazed over with memories, saying, "Mmmm, tastes like my childhood."

Garlic Meatballs with Sweet & Sour Sauce
In today's hectic times, when busy homemakers have little time to cook, it seems that we are either buying some "fortified good-for-you product that nobody can pronounce" or we are buying some pre-made ready to serve something from the supermarket. What ever happened to those wonderful "comfort foods" with the fantastic fragrances that filled the house when we arrived home for supper?

Think about this... Many of these memorable childhood favourites use molasses as the key ingredient:

Molasses Cookies, Ginger Snaps, Brown Bread, Banana Bread, Hot Cross Buns, Bran Muffins, Molasses Taffy, Peanut Brittle, Plum Pudding, Gingerbread, Christmas Fruit Cake, Mincemeat, Shoo-Fly Pie, Baked Beans, Barbecue Sauce, and on and on. Recipe ideas are available online at

There are a host of easy recipes that can re-awaken your childhood memories, and, in fact, start your family on their journey to enjoying real food again.

Molasses is the key ingredient in so many wonderful recipes that will always be in fashion.


  • 1 kg (2 pounds) hamburger meat
  • 2 cloves of garlic (chopped fine)
  • 2 eggs (well beaten)
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. celery seed

Meatball Sauce

  • 1 tbsp. butter
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 3/4 cup chopped onions
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 beef OXO cube
  • 1/2 cup Fancy Molasses
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup vinegar
  • 2 tsp. dry mustard
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper


Combine the above ingredients. Mix well and shape lightly into 1 1/2 inch balls. Cook over medium-high heat in skillet. Meatballs are cooked when there is no pink in the centre.

Meatball Sauce

Combine the above ingredients in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil and simmer for five minutes. Remove from heat. Add meatballs, heat on minimum for 10 minutes. Serve hot.



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