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German Meatballs

German Meatballs

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  • Makes: 6 to 8 servings
  • Start to Finish 40 mins

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For an authentic German dinner, ladle these beef-and-pork meatballs over noodlelike spaetzle.


  • 1 1 - inch thick slice bread
  • 1/2-3/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 tablespoon butter or margarine
  • 2 beaten eggs*
  • 1 pound lean ground beef*
  • 1/2 pound ground pork*
  • 3 tablespoons snipped parsley
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon finely shredded lemon peel
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 3 cups beef broth
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • Hot cooked noodles, rice or spaetzle


  1. In a large mixing bowl, soak bread in enough milk to cover it.
  2. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, cook onion in butter until onion is tender, but not brown.
  3. Press milk from bread, discarding milk. In large bowl, combine bread, eggs, beef, pork, parsley, salt, Worcestershire sauce, peel, juice, paprika, nutmeg, and onion mixture. Mix lightly with your hands. Form into meatballs.
  4. In large skillet, bring broth to boiling. Add meatballs. Return to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, for 15 minutes or until meatballs are done (160 degree F). With a slotted spoon, transfer meatballs to a serving bowl and keep warm. Skim fat from cooking liquid. Reserve 2-1/2 cups cooking liquid, adding water, if necessary.
  5. Mix cold water and flour. Stir into reserved cooking liquid. Cook and stir until bubbly. Cook 1 minute. Pour over meatballs. Serve with hot noodles, rice or spaetzle. Top with additional snipped parsley. Makes 6 to 8 servings.


  • * Reduce fat by using the leanest meat your butcher sells. Substitute 1/2 cup refrigerated egg product for the eggs.

Comments (1)

boston01880 wrote:
This is an excellent recipe. I always make it just as is and have them over buttered noodles or boiled potatoes.

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