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Thursday, December 16, 2010

German Frikadellen

Being as Brian has German heritage, I like to try to incorporate some of the German traditions and foods into our lives.  Well, we’ve been married for 10+ years, and he’s made Fridadellen a couple times, but I’ve never ventured to make it.  However, I wanted to try.  So, when he gave me the recipe, I was set.
Believe it or not, it was very tasty.  We all enjoyed it, and I know it will now be a staple in our house.  In fact, I think I quite prefer it to my Italian meatballs.  Here’s the recipe I used in case you’re willing to give it a shot:
1 lb. ground beef
1/2 onion, chopped
1/4 cup breadcrumbs (plus more to roll the patties in)
1 egg
dash of Grill Mates hamburger seasoning
salt and pepper
oil (I used Canola; however, I will use Olive Oil next time…we were out)
Saute the onion in oil until it is translucent (I sprinkled it with salt/pepper while it was cooking).  Meanwhile, add the ground beef, egg, breadcrumbs, and seasoning to a large bowl.  Once the onion has cooled, add it to the meat mixture and mix it all together well.  Form patties in the shape of your liking (traditionally, they are oval and oblong I think) and then roll them in breadcrumbs to coat.
Heat up some oil in a large skillet (medium heat is probably best) and cook the patties until they are brown on each side.  You may either continue to cook them in the skillet until they are no longer pink or pop them in a 350-degree oven until they are cooked through (it was about 10 minutes for mine).  ***I had to transfer mine to the oven to finish cooking through because otherwise they would have burnt to a crisp in the skillet***
Now, Brian says the proper way to eat them is with lemon and ketchup; however, I much prefer gravy.  So, I served it with gravy, egg noodles, and some steamed veggies.  He still ate his with lemon and ketchup!  Smile
Let me know if you try it and what you think.  And Omi – let me know if I need to make any changes to the recipe.  I did the best I could…LOL!


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