These German meatballs are very easy to make, and they are popular with all my family.

Serve them with a green salad dressed with a German salad dressing, or white cabbage with a creamy sauce.

One of their main ingredients is bread, so you don’t really need any more carbohydrate, but if you have a healthy appetite you might want some dauphinois potatoes – the meatballs need a little creamy sauce.

Listen to the dark and rich Brahms German Requiem while you make them.


Recipe for Frikadellen – German meatballs


for four

  • 300g/10oz beef mince
  • 1 banana shallot
  • 1 clove garlic
  • smoked salt
  • 3 tsp paprika
  • 1 egg
  • 2 slices of stale bread made into breadcrumbs – 4 tbsp breadcrumbs
  • 3 outer stems of fennel or 1 stick of celery – finely chopped
  • olive oil for frying


    1. Frikadellen

      The preparation really doesn’t take long

      Mix all except half the breadcrumbs together

    2. Roll into meatballs, about 1½ inches/6 cm diameter
    3. Roll in remaining breadcrumbs
    4. Fry in olive oil until done, turning frequently, about 15 minutes

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