Confession about this recipe:
When I first saw it, I thought ‘Gross’ – probably because I don’t care for apricots. But, I was intrigued enough to try it anyway.
It reminded me of my mother-in-law’s go-to potluck recipe for sweet and sour meatballs: equal parts grape jelly and ketchup. She said that no matter where she took it, it always got gobbled up. I realized that this sweet and sour recipe was not so very different. This recipe is the equivalent of that ugly dress on the rack that ends up making you feel like a million bucks.
There are only 3 ingredients – I KNOW, right?! – and you can mix in all together with in the pan as you cook your beef, chicken, turkey, whatever-you-want-to-make.
One pot. 3 ingredients. Yummy sounds and standing ovations.
Well, maybe not ovations, but hopefully they will be so thrilled with supper that your diners will stand and volunteer to clear the table afterward and/or to do the dishes. Wouldn’t that be nice?
The recipe evolved from a sweet and sour meatball recipe I got from Kraft Canada’s website – but I switched it up a bit because a) I don’t usually have Catalina dressing on hand and, b) my children like food separate – no vegetables, rice or meat may touch their fellow plate mates. So I substituted the catalina for ketchup (it’s tomato-y, right?) and I removed those pesky, clinging vegetables – et voila. Our Simple Sweet and Sour Sauce was here.
First, I browned my meat.
We had stirfried strips of beef on this evening, but I have made it with ground beef and chunks of chicken, too. You could also use chunks of leftover turkey to use up some day-or-two-old Holiday bird. I don’t recommend using sliced poultry, because if it is sliced too thinly, it tends to crumble in the sauce – chunks are better. Like in chocolate.
Next, add equal parts apricot jam and ketchup. Splash in 1-2 tbsp of soya sauce and stir until combined.
Let it simmer on low for about 10 minutes and then spoon saucy meat on – or beside – rice or noodles and veggies of your choice.
This sauce is more sweet than sour – and perhaps that is why my boys seem to like it as much as they do. It is a super-quick way to make a sauce on a night when you’re short on time. It’s saved me on nights when we are rushing out the door to judo or to a school function – or when we get home late from an appointment. It is faster than take out. For real.
Now, me? I like a little spicy with my sweet. So I usually add a few drops of hot sauce to mine. (I love sriracha with it.) Sometimes I add more than a few drops.
- equal parts apricot jam and ketchup - I used 1/2 c each for about a pound of meat
- 1-2 tbsp Chinese-style soya sauce
- Add all ingredients to meat in pan, stir to combine
- Simmer on low heat for about 10 minutes, until thickened and bubbly, stirring occasionally
- Serve with rice or noodles and your favourite veggies - separate or mixed together
- Add a little hot sauce if you like to spice things up a little!
- We like our meals on the saucy side - so adjust your jam/ketchup amounts to your family's taste
MIXING OF INGREDIENTS!
Yes, Bravo voluntarily mixed all of the separate ingredients on his plate and ate them. Like, cleaned-his-plate ATE THEM.
*cue singing of choirs and beams of light*
Houston, we are go for launch. Perhaps there is hope on the casserole front, after all?
What is one of your favourite go-to quick meals?