Sweet and Sour Meatball Stew

1 pound ground beef
1/4 cup packed, dried bread crumbs
2 tbs water
1 tbs water
1 tbs grated onion
3/4 tsp salt, divided
1/2 tsp Tabasco pepper sauce, divided
2 tbs vegetable oil
1 cup sliced carrots
1 cup diced turnips
1 medium green pepper, cut in pieces
8 small white onions
1 can (8 oz) tomato sauce
1/2 cup cider vinegar
1/3 cup molasses
1-1/2 tsp chil1 powder

In medium bowl combine beef, bread crumbs, water, grated onion, teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon Tabasco sauce; mix well. Shape into meat balls. In large skillet heat oil; brown meat balls over high heat. Pour off all excess fat. Arrange carrots, turnips, green pepper and onions around meat balls in the skillet. In small bowl combine tomato sauce, vinegar, molasses, chil1 powder, remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt and remaining 1/4 teaspoon Tabasco sauce. Pour sauce over meat balls and vegetables. Bring to a boil. Cover. Reduce heat; simmer 35 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Serve with rice.

Yield: 4 servings.

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Cajun Country -- New Iberia, Louisiana