Königsberg Meatballs

Guess who dusted off her German cookbook? Oh yes, I’ve been in the mood for this traditional German dish for quite a while now. I basically grew up on this! This recipe involves a little bit of hard work, but you’ll be glad you invested the time!


What you’ll need:

  • 1 1/2 lbs of meatball mix (you can pick and choose your personal favorite between ground beef, pork and veal
  • 2 (2 day old) rolls
  • 1 large onion, diced very small
  • 1 pinch of nutmeg
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 (4.25 oz) jar capers with liquid
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • salt and pepper


Put the rolls in a bowl of water and let them soak for 30 minutes, then squeeze the the water back out of them and add them to the meat mixture together with the eggs, chopped onions, and a pinch each of salt, pepper and nutmeg.  Mix well and shape into meatballs of your preferred size. Bring well salted water to a boil in a large pot, then reduce heat to low, so that the water barely simmers. Ladle the meatballs into the pot one by one, making sure the water doesn’t boil and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove the meatballs and set aside. Reserve 2 cups of the cooking liquid.


Melt the butter in a pot, add the flour and whisk, creating a roux. Add the milk slowly, continuing to whisk to avoid clumps. Add the cooking liquid from the meatballs, continuing to whisk. Turn off the heat and let the sauce rest on the stove as is for 10 minutes. Add the capers AND the liquid from the jar to sauce mix.


Whisk the egg yolk and the heavy cream together and add to the sauce mix. Add the lemon juice. Reheat without bringing to a boil. Add salt and pepper to taste. Add the meatballs. Reheat and serve with potatoes or rice!

Bon Apètit!


Author: Gotham Foodie

Hello there, fellow foodies! My name is Erica, I was born and raised in Germany, and moved to the US, New York City to be exact, in July of 1987. I have worked most of my time here in the Big Apple as a bartender, but my true love is food. I cook just about every day, I search for good food everywhere, and pretty much always find it. I don't consider myself a food critic, I don't have the culinary background for that kind of expertise. I do however know good food, good chefs and good restaurants. I report back about my culinary adventures, and I choose to leave out my unsatisfactory experiences. We have enough negativity in our daily lives, I don't want to add to that. All the recipes in my FROM MY KITCHEN and DOTW blogs are cooked and prepared by me. All pictures are taken by me. I don't always eat everything you see in my pictures, but you bet your buns, I do try everything. Last but not least, you should know that I am a huge Top Chef fan. I have never missed an episode of the Bravo TV show. I have at this point visited almost 20 restaurants run by Top Chef contestants, and I'm continuously impressed by their skill, drive and passion. So I will continue to seek them out, and I hope you join me in my journey!

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