"Beef meatballs seasoned with cloves and allspice. Pan fried, and smothered in gravy." — CHRISTYJ
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lean ground beef
dry bread crumbs
ground black pepper
distilled white vinegar
packed brown sugar
Nice change from the ordinary meatball fare!! I did not pan fry them though, i baked them in the oven at 425 degrees for 15 mins.Then i put the other ingredients in the skillet and added the meatballs.Turned out great!
We were not impressed with this recipe; the meatballs were much too sweet; maybe if the brown sugar was cut in half it would have been better.
These are *wonderful*!! Thank you! As usual I had to change some ingredients - Italian bread crumbs, fresh ground ginger instead of powder, corn starch instead of flour, and I used ground sirloin. As for preparation, I drained the meatballs after cooking them and while they sat, I mixed up the liquids in a separate bowl, then added them to the hot skillet to remove the tasty "brown bits" from the pan. I had no problems with the thickener. I just substitued equal parts corn starch for flour (I don't like using flour). I did heat up the liquid to boiling after removing the meat - perhaps that was the issue for many reviewers. I knew a "simmered" sauce wouldn't thicken - this did right away.
It's a *perfect* mix of sweet, spicy, and sour! I served this over spatzle noodles with [frozen] sauerkraut on the side - YUMMY!
YUM! My changes: Step 2. Instead of just draining the fat, I moved the meatballs to a cookie sheet lined w/ paper towels & blotted them dry. I also wiped all excess oil from the pan. Step 3. I just boiled down the sauce at the end instead of adding flour. Served over store bought spaetzle with red cabbage & saurkraut. Thank you for a keeper!
Why would you put bread crumbs with Italian seasonings in a German dish? This recipe is awesome and doesn't need tweaked AT ALL! Thank you for it
This is so delicious and will be my go to recipe for an easy fix when we're craving german food. I made a couple of minor changes I think improved the recipe, adding an egg to the meat/milk mixture. also added a teaspoon of beef base to the liquid mix before thickening the gravy. increased flour to 1/8 cup mixing in 1/2 cup cold water, making a thinner flour mixture to mix with the hot liquid. added chopped fresh parsley for color before serving.
the egg gave the meatballs a very tender texture and the beef base enriched the flavor of the gravy. served it all with mashed red potatoes, sweet and sour red cabbage, steamed green beans and applesauce. thanks so much for an easy german food recipe!
I usually double the cooking liquid because we like more gravy. Like my Grandmother's sauerbraten recipe, I add 7 whole cloves, 7 whole peppercorn, 7 whole allspice along with the bay leaves to cook and thicken the gravy with finely crushed ginger snaps not the flour.I remove the whole seasonings with a slotted spoon before serving. Love this recipe!
Amazing...I impressed my German husband and can't wait to cook this for his mother when she visits us from Germany. My husband was a little thrown off at first because it was made with ground beef but once he tried it, he said it was "impressing"
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Sauerbraten Klopse (Sauerbraten Meatballs)
Serving Size: 1/4 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 4
Amount Per Serving
** Calories: 380
** Calories from Fat: 193
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