Monday, February 9, 2009

Königsberger Klopse

Authentic Königsberger Klopse are made from ground veal, beef, and pork with the addition of small amounts of anchovies, grated onion, bread crumbs, eggs, and spices. The traditional creamy sauce is made from the broth in which the meatballs are poached. The meatballs, also called dumplings, were first made in Königsberg, the capital of East Prussia about 200 years ago. My long, lean Germanic husband who has a very discerning palate loves these. This very ethnic dish has surprising popular appeal. I hope you'll try them.

Königsberger Klopse

2 cups chicken broth
1 small bay leaf
2 tablespoons cider vinegar
1/4 cup dry white wine
5 black peppercorns
1 tablespoons capers
8 ounces ground sirloin
8 ounces ground pork
8 ounces ground veal
2 eggs, slightly beaten
10 tablespoons stale bread crumbs
1/4 cup milk
1/2 medium white onion, grated
Finely grated zest of 1/2 lemon
Juice of 1/2 lemon
5 teaspoons capers, drained and chopped
5 teaspoons anchovy paste
2 tablespoons melted butter
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
Flour (for rolling)
Finely grated zest of 1/2 lemon
Juice of 1/2 lemon
1/2 cup good quality sour cream
2 tablespoons snipped fresh parsley, for garnish

1) Combine broth, bay leaf, cider vinegar, white wine, peppercorns, and 1 tablespoon capers in a dutch oven. Bring to a simmer over medium heat.
2) Combine beef, pork, veal, eggs, bread crumbs, milk, onion, juice and zest of 1/2 lemon, 5 teaspoons capers, 5 teaspoons anchovy paste, butter, 1/2 teaspoon salt and black pepper. Mix lightly, just until combined.
3) Form meat mixture into golf-ball sized balls. They will be sticky and hard to work with. Roll them in flour and carefully place into hot broth in 2 to 3 batches; simmer each batch for 15 minutes, but do not boil.
4) Carefully remove meatballs from broth with a slotted spoon, and keep them warm in a covered bowl while making the sauce. Discard bay leaf and peppercorns.
5) Add sour cream, lemon juice and zest to hot broth. Heat through - do not boil.
6) Return meatballs to heated sauce, stir gently and warm through. Transfer to a serving platter. Garnish with parsley. Yield: 6 servings.


Anonymous said...

I love the scary name of this dish and it looks delicous.

Netts Nook said...

Oh Mary this looks great I will try anything from my favorite cosmopolite.

Peter M said...

Mary, you always show off someone new to me. I'd love this dish as a winter-time dinner.

Schnitzel and the Trout said...

I ordered this frequently when we lived in Germany. Would be a treat to eat again.

test it comm said...

This sounds really good!

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