Prep 10 mins
Cook 20 mins
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.
- 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
- Soak bread cubes in milk to cover. When soft, squeeze dry and put in a large bowl.
- Add ground meat and mix well.
- Stir in onion, eggs, anchovy fillets, salt and pepper; work mixture with hands until well combined.
- Form into 2-inch balls.
- Bring bouillon to a boil in a large saucepan; drop in meatballs.
- Cook over medium heat until meatballs rise to the top, about 15 minutes. Remove from liquid with a slotted spoon and keep warm.
- Strain and reserve liquid.
- Melt butter in a saucepan.
- Stir in flour and blend well, cook 1 minute.
- Gradually add 3 cups strained liquid; cook slowly, stirring constantly, until liquid is thickened and smooth.
- Add lemon juice and capers. Season with salt and pepper.
- Add meatballs and heat through.
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.
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 kittencalskitchen.com tag game.
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.