Once upon a time, there was a show on Netflix called Worst Chefs in America, they took 10 or so bad cooks and turned them into amazing cooks. One particular episode they cooked meatballs around the world (perfect for our cooking around the world), which got me thinking, and I looked up some meatballs and found a Danish meatballs recipe to try. This recipe is also where I learned you cannot use a blender when it says food processor (keep reading and you’ll see why).
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Danish meatballs recipe
vaguely based off of this recipe (because let’s face it, I can’t follow a recipe to save my life)
about 2 pounds of ground beef (first change I made)
large onion grated (I think we used large amounts of onion powder, now that I have a food processor I’d probably actually grate the onion)
1/2 cup breadcrumbs
4 tablespoons flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg (this would be where it starts being original)
2-3 cloves of garlic (I used the pre-minced about a tablespoon or so)
1-2 teaspoons of sage
1/2 cup milk
Make your Danish meatballs
So, in one of the sets of instructions I printed off they said to add all the ingredients into your food processor and blend it together. Well I had a blender*, and I did that, but a little bit in and we were smelling burning rubber.
Then my blender stopped working.
So, we switched over to mixing it by hand with a potato masher (because we’d kind of burned out the hand mixer* [this is the one I bought after Batman burned out the one I got making bread, yes I am talking about three different hand mixers, I don’t like this one for what we’re doing, but it’s got good reviews], so I bought a potato masher), which the kids thought was quite funny.
Once you’ve got it all mixed together, heat your pan and melt some butter in it. Drop roughly ball-shaped blobs on the pan and cook them rolling them around occasionally to cook all the sides.
I since have been given a food processor for my birthday, and it’s super awesome!
In case you’re wondering I have over the course of my marriage gone through 5 blenders. One a family member broke, one fell off the top of the refrigerator and nearly killed me, one we destroyed with this, another I think died after making baby food, and another I can’t remember what I did to it. For obvious reasons I don’t spend too much on them. Maybe they’d survive longer if I did….
Make your gravy to go over the Danish meatballs
drippings from cooking the meatballs
a little bit of butter
3 tablespoons of flour
1 cup of heavy cream or milk (if you don’t have cream, it’s a 50/50 odds we have it on any given day)
1 tablespoon beef bouillion (which I keep on hand for making french onion soup mix)
salt and pepper
Mix the flour in with the drippings from cooking the meatballs, melt a little butter if you need to. Slowly add in the milk/cream and the beef bouillion. Let this mixture thicken a little.
We had our meatballs with mashed potatoes, that part may not be how the Danish eat theirs, but it was a big hit with my family. I should actually make them again soon.