I want to share my best meatball recipe with you as it is one of the first recipes I mastered when I came to Germany. My mother-in-law showed me how to make them and what's great is you can vary the recipe to your liking. Feel free to add spices, more herbs or whatever you like.
You and your children will certainly have fun making German Frikadellen. My older sons have now perfected their own recipes so we probably have at least three variations.
I can remember when they were small, though, they loved really digging their hands into the sticky mixture, or using the electric hand-mixer. They simply enjoyed rolling the meatball mixture into balls and they were learning about German food and German cooking.
My best meatball recipe is quick-and-easy to make. As I said, feel free to change or add to the ingredients if you wish.
Enjoy my easy meatballs served at birthday parties spiked with a cocktail stick or with my
German potato salad.
500g minced beef or pork
1 onion chopped
salt and pepper
a little milk
herbs to taste
Put the 1-2 bread rolls into a bowl with milk to cover and leave for half an hour.
Meanwhile put the minced meat into a mixing bowl. Chop the onion very finely and add to the meat mixture.
Season with a little salt and pepper. Crack the egg into a cup
(this ensures that egg shell is not included) and add to the
mixture. Knead with your fingers (this is where the children can help) or use an electric hand-whisk.
Take the bread rolls from the bowl and squeeze them with your hands to ensure that the moisture is squeezed out. Chop the bread into small pieces.
Add the bread to the meatball mixture and knead again to make sure that everything is thoroughly mixed together. At this stage you can add herbs or chili powder if liked.
Take a spoonful of the meatball mixture and shape it into a ball with your hands. It is up to you regarding the size. For parties I tend to make smaller ones.
Roll the ball into the breadcrumb mixture until well coated.
Put the ball onto a plate and flatten slightly with your hands.
Heat cooking oil (I tend to use sunflower oil) in a pan. Make sure that you have enough oil in the pan so that the meatballs don't stick. Fry on both sides until golden brown and cooked through.
Enjoy easy meatballs:
In a roll as a snack.
With my German potato salad recipe.
Serve at parties or on the barbecue.
I hope you enjoy them as much as we do.
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