Danish Pork Frickadeller

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 22 mins

1 thing SusieQusie & I did to prepare me for what she called *Mary Pats Grand Adventure in Iceland* was to buy a cookbook by Nika Hazelton titled *Classic Scandinavian Cooking* & it was the only cookbook I brought w/me over 4 yrs ago. Although I have spent more time sharing classic US cuisine w/Icelanders, I decided to revisit this cookbook to see what I could find to share here on RZ. Only she will know why this recipe tickles me so. Per the intro ... All the Norse love meatballs, but the Danes' affection & use for them amounts to a national passion. *Frickadeller* are made from every kind of meat. They are eaten continually, either hot or at room temp. The club soda makes them light. ... # of servings was given, but time has been estimated. *Enjoy* !

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 2 lbs ground lean pork (lean and finely ground)
  • 12 cup flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon onion (grated)
  • 1 teaspoon lemon rind (grated)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 12 teaspoon pepper
  • 12 cup club soda (or water if you must)
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 23 cup cream (light to heavy)


  1. Combine 1st 7 ingredients (pork through pepper); blend thoroughly.
  2. Gently stir in club soda and shape meat into small balls using your hands.
  3. Heat butter in a non-stick skillet. Brown pork balls on all sides. Lower heat & cook gently about 20 minutes or till done. Transfer pork balls hot serving dish and keep warm.
  4. Add cream to pan juices. Bring to a quick boil (stirring constantly) and pour over pork balls.
  5. NOTE #1: Frickadeller are eaten at room temp as an appy or hot as a main-dish. If served at room temp, omit sauce from prep. While not a part of the recipe, my experience here has been that room temp meatballs are served w/a berry preserves dipping sauce and I think a berry chutney would also work well.
  6. NOTE #2: This is definitely a calorie and fat content splurge when served hot. The recipe suggested boiled or browned potatoes + pickled beets to accompany them.
Most Helpful

I'd give this recipe 5 stars for the meatballs alone!!! SOOOO tender! I'm gonna try adding club soda to my Italian meatballs! Great secret ingredient! Made for ZWT 9!

Charmie777 August 05, 2013

I really enjoyed these meatballs. I did make them with the sauce, so totally blew my diet, but they were yummy and it was worth it! Made for Newest Tag! Thanks for sharing! :)

breezermom November 28, 2012

I'm usually not a fan of meatballs, but these little gems are deeeelicious! I think it must be the club soda that makes them lighter than the usual fare. Thank you for sharing your recipe, twissis. Made for the Voracious Vagabonds of ZWT 6!

Darkhunter June 07, 2010