Michigan Meatballs

"You can make these large for dinner or smaller for appetizers. These are moist and tender and make their own gravy. Great with potatoes, noodles, or rice."
photo by The Flying Chef photo by The Flying Chef
photo by The Flying Chef
photo by The Flying Chef photo by The Flying Chef
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  • 2 lbs ground chuck
  • 1 egg, slightly beaten
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 12 cups coarse unseasoned bread crumbs
  • 1 (1 ounce) package dry onion soup mix
  • 23 cup flour
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 12 cup butter
  • 1 (10 1/2 ounce) can cream of chicken soup
  • 1 (10 1/2 ounce) can cream of mushroom soup
  • 2 12 cups water


  • Mix together ground chuck, slightly beaten egg, sour cream, bread crumbs and dry onion soup mix.
  • Mix flour and paprika well. Shape meatballs, then roll in flour and paprika mixture.
  • Brown slowly in 1/2 cup butter in large deep skillet.
  • After browning add soups and water.
  • Cover skillet with tight-fitting lid and simmer for 30 minutes.

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  1. The Flying Chef
    This was very easy to make and the meatballs are truly wonderful. They are full of flavour and we loved how moist they were, my son was super impressed he didn't even know that they were made with beef as he could not understand why they were not more dry. I definitely give a five stars for them and more if I could. I made the recipe as is apart from adding some sliced mushrooms and diced onion to the pan when cooking the meatballs. I also did half water and half milk. I did scale the recipe back as there is only 4 of us although I kept the sauce amount the same.Very easy, tastes great and makes for a super weeknight meal that you can throw together when you get in from work. Thanks for sharing ElaineAnn I will be making this again!!!
  2. ohellothere
    i dont know what is was, maybe it eas the sour cream in the recipe, but the meatballs had a strange texture to them kind of mushy in the center. and the cream of chicken soup part just dont belong in this recipe. i dont think i will make this one again. but hey to each his own.
  3. Jacquie 4
    My family LOVED these. I forgot to add the sour cream, changed the ground chuck to 93% lean ground turkey, and used some frozen corn muffin crumbs instead of the bread crumbs (and crossed my fingers). Great recipe! Thanks
  4. puppitypup
    Delicious meatballs and sauce! I froze half the mixture since my largest (12") saute pan would only hold that many meatballs. Edited to add that I made these again and we loved them the second time too. Thanks for another keeper Elaine!
  5. Tansy1308
    These meatballs were lovely and moist with a great flavour. Will make these again, and so easy to make with the tins of soup added for gravy. I actually halved the recipe and just used one can of soup, and since some of the family are "mushroom" challenged choose to use the can of cream of chicken soup. Very nice, thank you.



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