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Catholic Recipe: German Meat Balls with Sour Cream Gravy


  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine
  • 1/2 cup minced onion
  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 3 cups coarse bread crumbs
  • 1 cup beef broth or bouillon
  • 2 teaspoons salt, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper, divided
  • 1/2 cup chopped parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon Tabasco
  • 4 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce, divided
  • 2 teaspoons dry mustard
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cans (10-3/4 ounces each) beef gravy
  • 2 teaspoons Kitchen Bouquet
  • 2 cup dairy sour cream


Serves: 5-6

Prep Time: 2 hours

Difficulty: N/A

Cost: $$$$

For Ages:11+

Origin: Germany


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Meatballs are a favorite, especially with men. Here's a classic German recipe; serve with potatoes or egg noodles.


Melt butter or margarine in saucepan; add onion; sauté until tender. Combine ground beef and bread crumbs; add butter mixture and beef broth or bouillon. Add 1 teaspoon salt, 1/8 teaspoon pepper, parsley, Tabasco, 3 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce, mustard, and eggs; mix lightly but thoroughly. Shape meat mixture into 2-inch balls; place in baking dish. Bake at 350° for 30 to 35 minutes. Meanwhile, prepare sour cream gravy: In saucepan combine beef gravy, remaining pepper, salt, and Worcestershire sauce. Add Kitchen Bouquet; heat to simmering point, stirring occasionally. When ready to serve, fold sour cream into hot gravy; heat a few minutes longer; pour over meat balls. Serve with mashed potatoes or buttered noodles. Makes 5 to 6 servings.

Recipe Source: Cook's Blessings, The by Demetria Taylor, Random House, New York, 1965