i grew up in a house that holds many different food traditions and some of them happen to be danish. frikadellers are danish meatballs and common in most scandinavian countries - if you've ever been to ikea, i'm sure you've seen the swedish meatballs in the frozen foods near the lingonberry jam, creamed herring and that awesome soft serve ice cream! we make frikadellers every christmas eve but i was recently reminded of them in gourmet's may review of this cookbook which sounds great. has anyone gotten it yet? i think everyone probably makes their frikadellers a little differently but this is my favorite way - enjoy them with some boiled red potatoes and chopped dill!

Danish Meatballs

1/2 pound ground beef
1/2 pound ground pork
1 egg, beaten
1 small red onion, diced
1 tbs ground cardamom
4 tbs unsalted butter
2 tbs olive oil
2 tbs all-purpose flour
1 cup sour cream
lingonberry jam for garnish
in a large bowl, combine beef, pork, egg, onion and cardamom and season with salt and pepper. form into small balls about the size of walnuts, rolling them between your hands. heat 1 tbs butter and 1 tbs oil in a skillet and fry the meatballs in batches, turning to brown on all sides. transfer the cooked meatballs to a small sheet pan and set aside. continue to fry, adding remaining 1 tbs butter and 1 tbs oil, until all meatballs are cooked. add remaining 2 tbs butter and melt. whisk in flour and cook for a few minutes until golden brown. remove from heat and very carefully add 1 cup water (pan will bubble and splatter). return to the heat and whisk in sour cream and season with salt and pepper. add meatballs and simmer for 10-15 minutes, until sauce thickens and meatballs are cooked completely. serve frikadellers with sauce, lingonberry jam and boiled potatoes. enjoy!


jen said...

i scoff at the ikea meatballs, but i am ready to try these frikadellers. mainly because i like saying frikadellers.

Claire said...

Thanks for sharing this recipe. I love Tessa Kiros' cookbooks! =)

Anticiplate said...

You have to love the Scandinavians for putting cardamom in everything!My husband is Norwegian and every recipe has cardamom and lots of butter or cream.

I love your blog. Glad that I found it.

Visually Inspired said...

looking forward to trying these out!

Sidecar said...

I recently picked up this cookbook and highly recommend it. There isn't a ton of new ground for me as far as the recipes themselves, but the book is a rare treat. Very personal and warm with beautiful photos. One to pick up and enjoy when you need to be transported away from the daily grind for a few moments. Haven't moved beyond the beauty to the cooking yet, but I will.

Philomena said...

I've owned this book for many years - I bought it in England when it first came out there - and was so happy to see it featured in Gourmet. Yes, it's a most beautiful book, but the food is fabulous too. The cheesecake is fantastic, the Cypriot lamb, some exciting South African dishes I'd never seen before...I love it.

I love your blog too! These meatballs look delicious.