Sweet & Sour Hotdish Recipe

Looking for an easy Sweet & Sour Hotdish recipe? Learn how to make Sweet & Sour Hotdish using healthy ingredients.


Submitted by battlekittyspastica

Makes 12 servings



A tangy kick in the tastebuds; this comfort food has been handed down by the women in my family for several generations. I can't trace the origins of this so I don't know where it "really" comes from. Honestly, none of my American friends like it because it's sour. On the other hand, it's been a huge hit among my acquaintances in Korea. This recipe is pasta-heavy. If you prefer a lower pasta concentration, reduce the pasta (remove 1/2 cup of dry pasta) or increase the tomatoes. If you home-can vegetables, you can use 1 quart of canned tomatoes instead of 12 fresh. DO NOT use store-bought canned tomatoes. The vinegar in this dish will bring out a strong metal flavor in the tomatoes, making it fit for a goat's dinner, not yours.

Recipe Ingredients for Sweet & Sour Hotdish

12 large tomatoes
3/4 cup vinegar
3/4 cup white sugar
1 pound macaroni
1 large onion
4 cloves garlic
200 g hamburger
2 stalks celery (optional)

Recipe Directions for Sweet & Sour Hotdish

  1. Wash & boil tomatoes; when skins split, remove tomatoes from water. Peel off the skins, remove the stem/core, and chop or squeeze into pieces.

  2. Boil macaroni according to package instructions. Drain & set aside.

  3. Brown hamburger with chopped onion, celery, and garlic. May add parsley for extra flavor.

  4. When meat is cooked, add tomatoes (pulp & juice). Bring to a boil. Add 1/2 cup vinegar and 1/2 cup sugar. Mix well and taste; sauce should have a tangy, slightly sweet flavor with a slightly syrupy texture. The flavor should be strong; as the dish cools, the flavor becomes weaker. Adjust vinegar and sugar to taste. (1/2 cup each for mild flavor; 3/4 cup each for stronger flavor. I tend to use more vinegar than sugar because I prefer sour flavors.)

  5. Cook sauce together for 5-10 minutes. Add pasta. Heat until pasta is hot and flavor is even.

  6. Serve with parmesan cheese and/or saltine (soda) crackers. The cheese adds a little salt and a creamy flavor. The soda crackers soak up the extra liquid from the sauce and provide a little salt. If you use European-style soda crackers (coated with sugar), you may need to slightly reduce the amount of sugar used in the sauce.

Categories

Pasta, Main Dish, American, Boil

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 280.3g
Amount Per Serving
Calories
260
Calories from Fat
18
% Daily Value*
Total Fat
2.0g
3%
Saturated Fat
0.7g
3%
Trans Fat
0.0g
Cholesterol
13mg
4%
Sodium
26mg
1%
Potassium
615mg
18%
Total Carbohydrates
49.6g
17%
Dietary Fiber
3.7g
15%
Sugars
18.9g
Protein
11.1g
Vitamin A 31% Vitamin C 41%
Calcium 3% Iron 13%
* Based on a 2000 calorie diet

Nutritional details are an estimate and should only be used as a guide for approximation.
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Health Information

Nutrition Grade
96% confidence
A
  Good points
  • Low in saturated fat
  • Low in cholesterol
  • Very low in sodium
  • High in selenium
  • High in thiamin
  • High in vitamin A
  • High in vitamin C
  •   Bad points
  • High in sugar
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