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    From: The Eastern European Cookbook" by Kay Shaw Nelson. -East Germany. Russians call it 'Kaliningrad'. This is an easy version...all the other versions I've seen posted make a mess of your kitchen.

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    • 1 1/2 cups stale bread cubes
    • milk, to soak bread cubes
    • 2 lbs ground lean meat (mixture of pork and veal or beef)
    • 1 large onion, peeled and minced
    • 2 eggs, beaten
    • 3 flat anchovy fillets, drained and minced
    • salt and pepper, to taste


    • 4 cups beef bouillon
    • 3 tablespoons butter or 3 tablespoons margarine
    • 3 tablespoons flour
    • 1 lemon, juice of (about 1/4 cup)
    • 3 tablespoons capers, drained


    1. 1
    2. 2
      Soak bread cubes in milk to cover. When soft, squeeze dry and put in a large bowl.
    3. 3
      Add ground meat and mix well.
    4. 4
      Stir in onion, eggs, anchovy fillets, salt and pepper; work mixture with hands until well combined.
    5. 5
      Form into 2-inch balls.
    6. 6
      Bring bouillon to a boil in a large saucepan; drop in meatballs.
    7. 7
      Cook over medium heat until meatballs rise to the top, about 15 minutes. Remove from liquid with a slotted spoon and keep warm.
    8. 8
      Strain and reserve liquid.
    9. 9
    10. 10
      Melt butter in a saucepan.
    11. 11
      Stir in flour and blend well, cook 1 minute.
    12. 12
      Gradually add 3 cups strained liquid; cook slowly, stirring constantly, until liquid is thickened and smooth.
    13. 13
      Add lemon juice and capers. Season with salt and pepper.
    14. 14
      Add meatballs and heat through.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on January 31, 2011


      Despite the fact that I really messed up when planning for this recipe, it still came out very well. I could not find anchovies anywhere at the store, so skipped them. Then as I was cooking, I discovered not only did I not have beef broth, I also did not have lemon juice. I used a packet of onion soup mix with 4 cups water and it seemed to do the trick and the sauce still came out VERY tasty. I skipped out on the lemon juice, having no suitable subsitute. Although I made several subsitutions & skipped some ingredients, still it was very tasty. The only addition I made was to put some garlic into the meatballs. We liked the capers in the sauce. Even my 1 year old son ate them- inhaled them actually, so it was enjoyed all around. Thanks for posting the recipe.

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    • on November 03, 2010


      DH took one bite and said "I love this sauce". That's a good sign. I made as posted with the exception of cutting the sauce in half because I froze half of the meatballs. We will have another excellent meal in the future. Yum! I made the meatballs with 1/2 ground beef and 1/2 ground pork. Served over noodles. The meatball recipe is very similar to my German hamburger recipe. Omit the anchovy and make into patties and fry them. Thanks for posting. :) Made for tag game.

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    • on April 19, 2009


      10 Stars for memory and taste gratification. These are just like my mother made them when I grew up in Berlin. She always had to sprinkle them with parsley or chives, because I did not like "Blond Dishes "as a little girl!:-)Since veal is $14>00 a pound I used Turkey , beef and pork instead. I had forgotten all about these until I ran across your recipe. They will now be made often. Thanks again.

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    Nutritional Facts for Meatballs in Caper Sauce (Konigsberger Klopse)

    Serving Size: 1 (58 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 6

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 141.5
    Calories from Fat 74
    Total Fat 8.2 g
    Saturated Fat 4.4 g
    Cholesterol 79.2 mg
    Sodium 741.3 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 12.4 g
    Dietary Fiber 0.9 g
    Sugars 2.2 g
    Protein 4.7 g

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