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1 hr 45 mins
A classic! Authentic Königsberger Klopse are made from ground veal, beef, and pork, along with a small amount of anchovies (or sardines or herring), chopped onions, bread crumbs, eggs, and spices. The traditional creamy sauce that accompanies the dumplings are made from the broth in which the dumplings were cooked, flour, cream, white wine, lemon juice, and capers. Delicious! Serve with boiled new potatoes and my Rotkohl German Rotkohl - Spiced Red Cabbage With Apples and Wine #108449. Also makes a great appetizer! A little history: Predecessors of the Königsberger Klopse date back to the Middle Ages. However, the East Prussian name Klops (Klops = meat dumpling) didn't originate until the 18th century. Königsberger Klopse was invented in the city of Königsberg (then the capital of East Prussia; today known as Kaliningrad, Russia) around 200 years ago. My German/Polish/French grandmother was born and raised in East Prussia, about 30 kilometers from Königsberg. This recipe is my version of her delicious Königsberger Klopse, which she never wrote down but with the help of my mother I was finally able to replicate. I have many fond memories of enjoying this dish (which the women would prepare) at family gatherings, Sunday dinners, and special occasions such as birthdays and anniversaries. Still one of my top favorites!!! I hope your family enjoys, too. (Helpful Tips: These tender meatballs are braised NOT fried. If halving the meatball recipe, you will still need the full amount of stock for braising and for the gravy. The meatballs are somewhat delicate & time consuming to make; have someone help to form them into balls, it is much easier that way! For appetizers make them smaller and serve warm from the crock pot with toothpicks, buttered rolls and Potato Salad Family Favorite Potato Salad! (German Kartoffelsalat) #309891. Freezes well).
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- 1 lb ground sirloin
- 1 lb ground pork
- 1 lb ground veal
- 4 eggs, slightly beaten
- 1 1/4 cups fine plain breadcrumbs (I use Progresso plain breadcrumbs, grandmother used a ground up hard roll)
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1 medium white onion, finely chopped
- 1 lemon, zest of, small finely chopped
- 1 lemon, juice of
- 3 tablespoons capers, chopped
- 3 tablespoons anchovy paste (alternatively you may use sardines or herring) or 3 tablespoons crushed anchovy fillets (alternatively you may use sardines or herring)
- 1/4 cup melted butter
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
- flour (for rolling)
- 1 (32 ounce) box chicken stock or 1 (32 ounce) box vegetable stock
- 1 bay leaf
- 1/4 cup cider vinegar
- 1/2 cup good quality dry white wine (I use fume blanc or extra dry champagne)
- 10 black peppercorns
- 2 tablespoons capers
- 1In a large saucepan or Dutch oven such as Le Creuset, heat broth ingredients (stock, bay leaf, cider vinegar, white wine, peppercorns, and 2 tablespoons capers) to a simmer over medium heat.
- 2Meanwhile, combine meatball ingredients, mix well.
- 3Form meat mixture into golf-ball sized balls (note: mixture will be a bit sticky and delicate to work with, but this is normal, and the result will be a moist and tender meatball!). Roll them in flour, and carefully place into hot broth; simmer each batch for 15 minutes, but do not boil. (Tip: do not crowd meatballs, ie only simmer about 10-12 meatballs at a time). Note that the broth will thicken as you add the flour covered meatballs, which will make a nice sauce.
- 4Carefully remove meatballs from the hot broth with a slotted spoon, and keep them warm in a covered bowl stored in the oven while making the sauce. Discard bay leaf.
- 5To Make Cream Sauce:.
- 6To hot broth stir in the sauce ingredients and heat through, but do not boil.
- 7Add the cooked meatballs to the heated sauce, stir gently and warm through.
- 8To Serve:.
- 9Serve Meatballs and Cream Sauce with boiled new potatoes (salzkartoffel) or hot buttered spaetzle noodles, and German Rotkohl German Rotkohl - Spiced Red Cabbage With Apples and Wine. Sprinkle with snipped fresh parsley, for garnish.
- 10To Serve as an Appetizer:.
- 11Make the meatballs smaller and serve warm from the crock pot with toothpicks, buttered rolls and potato salad Family Favorite Potato Salad! (German Kartoffelsalat).
- 12Freezes well.
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Nutritional Facts for Konigsberger Klopse (German Meatballs in Creamy Caper Sauce)
Serving Size: 1 (294 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 12
- Amount Per Serving
- % Daily Value
- Calories 422.3
- Calories from Fat 234
- Total Fat 26.1 g
- Saturated Fat 11.4 g
- Cholesterol 173.7 mg
- Sodium 817.8 mg
- Total Carbohydrate 14.0 g
- Dietary Fiber 0.8 g
- Sugars 3.3 g
- Protein 29.5 g
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