Ground Pork and Potato Balls

"I got this recipe from a Better Homes and Gardens cookbook that my mom bought in 1969. The recipe calls for 1/4 cup of chopped green onions, but I am not a big fan so I substituted with 1 tablespoon of onion flakes. This is great with mashed potatoes. I tried this for the first time tonight and my husband really surprised me not only did he go back for seconds....but thirds also!!!"
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  • Mix egg, milk, bread crumbs, potato, onion, mustard, salt, and pepper together.
  • Add pork; mix well.
  • Make into 24 meatballs.
  • Heat shortening in skillet, add meatballs and brown.
  • Drain fat and remove meatballs from pan.
  • Dissolve bouillon cube in 1 cup of boiling water, return meatballs to pan.
  • Cover and cook on low for 20 minutes, turning occasionally.
  • Remove meatballs from pan again; reserve drippings.
  • Mix flour with 1/3 cup of water; stir into drippings.
  • Cook until thickened.
  • Serve with meatballs.

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  1. Delicious! It snowed today and this was the perfect comfort food. I've made this several times, and I always feel they are a big soggy. I figured out today that if you squeeze the shredded potato to get the moisture out before you add it in it really helps. I also added 3 cloves of garlic. It tasted perfect!
  2. Very simple and good. I skipped the potato b/c I was serving with risotto. And instead of shortening I used a little olive oil. I also used dijon. But it was so simple and my kids loved it. I will make again & will try with different herbs, like thyme or rosemary. Thanks!
  3. Made this for my dear hubby and he loved it! I used garlic and herb dry breadcrumbs and added some milk to the gravy part along with a beef bouillon cube for more flavor in the gravy. Served over cream potatoes. Made for a comforting dinner this evening. Thanks for sharing the recipe.
  4. Don't skip over this dish if the name isn't too appealing, it's worth it! It reminds me a lot of homestyle German food, although they would probably add nutmeg to the ingredient list (they use nutmeg a lot). My husband and I really liked it, but I will increase the seasoning and use minced onion, not dried onion as the recipe suggests. I was leary to serve it over rice or egg noodles because there was plenty of starch in the dish already so I roasted some veggies and that balanced it well.
  5. Made these last night for the first time but guarantee you it won't be the last. I did use the scallions which gave them such a great taste but---mine wouldn't hold their shape until I added another 1/4 cup of bread crumbs. A cookie scoop made perfect bite-size pork balls. Thanks Debbie, I'll be doing these again.


  1. I'm having these for dinner right now and had to stop just to comment on how delicious they are! I used some diced onion in place of the onion flakes and Dijon mustard (a little extra since we love our mustard) Loove the combination of the pork and potatoes. I used oil instead of shortening to brown the meatballs, and a cornstarch/water slurry instead of flour. I played a bit with random seasonings to make the sauce more flavourful; I think these would be pretty versatile with any kind of sauce. I'll definitely add this to the rotation. Thanks!


I was born and raised in Florida, yes, I know, there are not very many of us out there! <br>I have been cooking for as long as I can remember....always helping mom in the kitchen when I was little, even if it was only stirring the spaghetti sauce or pouring the bag of chocolate chips in the batter. Now I have my nephew over for cooking lessons. He loves every minute of it. One day he will be a chef here on Recipezaar! <br>I have recently made a career change. I have been in banking for almost 10 years and have just made the switch to Real Estate. So far, so good. It is very interesting to me. I get to meet new people all of the time and get great ideas for home decorating....or maybe my dream home design one day!
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