Danish Frikadeller
or Swedish Kottbullar Meatballs

Danish Frikadeller Swedish Kottbullar Meatballs
  • Sweden, Denmark
  • Makes 12 or more servings
  • Time 45 minutes

In general, these are milder than Italian-style meatballs (Polpette, page 53 of the book), with cooked onion and no garlic or cheese. Often served with a cream sauce (and lingonberries), they can be made without one, skewered on toothpicks, and passed at parties.

A combination of pork, veal, and beef is best here, but if I had to choose only one meat it would unquestionably be pork.

  • 1/2 cup bread or cracker crumbs
  • 1 cup cream or half-and-half, 2/3 cup optional
  • 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) butter, 1 tablespoon optional
  • 1 medium onion, minced
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • 1/2 pound each ground pork, veal, and beef, or 1-1/2 pounds ground pork
  • Pinch of ground cloves or allspice or 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2 tablespoons flour, optional
  • 3/4 cup beef or chicken stock, preferably homemade (page 160),
         or water, optional

1. Soak the bread or cracker crumbs in 1/3 cup of the cream. Put 1 tablespoon of the butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onion and a bit of salt and pepper and cook, stirring occa- sionally, until the onion softens, about 5 minutes. Turn off the heat.

2. Combine the bread crumbs, onion, meat, and spice, along with some more salt and pepper; do not overmix or overhandle. With wet hands or wet spoons, shape the meat into small meatballs (I would say as small as you have the patience for, but no more than an inch in diameter).

3. Put 2 tablespoons of the remaining butter in the skillet and turn the heat to medium-high. When the butter melts, begin adding the meatballs, a few at a time; you may have to cook in batches. Brown nicely on all sides and turn off the heat. Serve immediately or proceed to the next step.

4. To make a sauce, remove all but a trace of fat from the pan. Return the pan to the stove over medium heat and add the remaining butter and, after it melts, the flour. Stirring constantly, add the stock and cook until slightly thickened. Add the remaining cream and continue to cook for a few more minutes or until thickened. Taste and adjust the seasoning, then pour the meatballs into the sauce to reheat before serving.

  • from:
  • The Best Recipes In the World
  • More Than 1,000 International Recipes To Cook At Home
  • by Mark Bittman
  • Broadway 2005
  • 528 pages; $29.95
  • ISBN: 0-7679-0672-1
  • Recipe reprinted by permission.

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