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Recipe for family meals :

Konigsberger Klops with Sardelle Sauce (German Meatballs)

This is one of the recipes that has been provided by Shirley Cline from San Fransisco. (You can contact Shirley by emailing her - click here). Shirley said:

"My husband acquired this recipe many years ago and makes it quite often. It is very rich and takes time to make but the end results are worth it".


1/2 lb. boneless ground veal
1/4 lb. ground pork
3 Tblsp. butter
1 1/2 hard rolls
2 Tblsp. grated onion
1/2 tsp. grated lemon peel
3 eggs, beaten
1/2 tsp. pepper
1 tsp. salt
1 Tblsp. fresh lemon juice
1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
Chopped parsley
1 1/2 quarts stock or bouillon

Sardelle Sauce:
4 - 5 Tblsp. butter
4 - 5 Tblsp. flour
3 - 4 anchovy filets (from can)
2 Tblsp. capers
2 Tblsp. chopped parsley
1/2 cup buttered crumbs

Spaetzle (noodles):
2 eggs. Combine them with
1 1/2 cups flour,
1/2 cup water
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. baking powder
Pinch of nutmeg

  • Mix the meats with 2 tablespoons butter.
  • Moisten rolls with water; when soft, squeeze water out and mix bread with meat.
  • Cook onion in remaining butter until browned. Add to meat mixture with lemon peel, eggs, pepper, salt, lemon juice, Worcestershire and parsley.
  • Mix thoroughly. Shape into 12 balls.
  • Heat bouillon or stock to boiling; drop balls in and simmer, covered 15 minutes.
  • Remove from stock with slotted spoon to a warmed dish and make sauce.

Sardelle Sauce:

  • Measure stock. For every 2 cups of stock, mix 2 tablespoons butter with 2 tablespoons flour. Stir into hot stock; cook and stir until smooth and boiling.
  • Mash anchovies with 1 tablespoon butter. Stir into sauce with capers and parsley.
  • Reheat meat balls in the sauce.
  • To serve, cover top with buttered crumbs.

Spaetzle (noodles):

  • Beat the 2 eggs and combine them with 1 1/2 cups flour, 1/2 cup water, 1/2 tsp. salt, 1/4 tsp. baking powder and the pinch of nutmeg.
  • Beat ingredients well. Spaetzle should be very light and delicate. If heavy (thick), add a little water to batter.
  • Simmer until done. Use a Spaetzle maker or, put the batter through a colander into simmering salted water.

They sell Spaetzle in a box in the specialty area if you do not wish to make them.

Serves 4 or 5

Shirley Cline