Recipe: My mum’s sweet and sour meatballs with a twist

This is another dish I miss from home, definitely not Peruvian but prepared by my mum quite often. The original version calls for breadcrumbs, flour, Chinese soy sauce and sugar. As if that wasn’t enough, my mum used to serve it with white rice and boiled potatoes. I decided to lower the sugar and eliminate the gluten and am happy to report that I liked my version almost as much as the original one.

Sweet and sour meatballs
Yield: 6 servings

Sweet and sour meatballs


  • 3/4 kg beef mince
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 100 gr bacon
  • 4 tablespoons coconut flour (almond meal may work too)
  • 1 teaspoon chopped parsley
  • 4 tablespoons honey
  • 3 tablespoons tamari
  • 3 tablespoons wine vinegar (red, white or rice)
  • 1 teaspoon arrowroot powder
  • 3/4 cup chicken stock
  • fat of choice (coconut oil, ghee or olive oil)


  1. Mince garlic and chop bacon.
  2. In a bowl mix the minced beef, coconut flour, parsley, garlic, eggs and bacon. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Shape into golf ball-sized meatballs.
  4. Heat fat of choice in a pan and fry meatballs until golden. Reserve.
  5. Pour stock in a pan or pot big enough to fit the meatballs. Bring to a boil, add honey, tamari and vinegar.
  6. Dissolve arrowroot powder in a little cold water. Add to sauce and stir until thickened.
  7. Add meatballs to the sauce and cook for 5 – 10 minutes.
  8. Serve with white rice and/or steamed vegetables.

3 thoughts on “Recipe: My mum’s sweet and sour meatballs with a twist

  1. this sounds quite intriguing, never had this before

  2. These sweet and sour meatballs sound delicious, thanks for sharing!

  3. coconut flour.. how interesting..

    i always love mums recipes always work as a charm!

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