How to make it

  • Begin with the German meatballs: Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl and shape into about 24 (1 1/2-inch round) meatballs. Brown the meatballs in a large skillet over medium heat, making sure to drain well as you cook the meaty mixture. Add beef broth, mushrooms, and onion. Simmer, covered, for about 30 minutes.
  • In a small mixing bowl, blend sour cream, flour, and caraway seed. Add to the simmering broth and meatballs.
  • Cook, stirring occasionally, for about 8 minutes, or until the sauce has thickened.
  • Meanwhile, prepare the spaetzle by sifting together the flour and salt in a large mixing bowl. Add the eggs and milk and beat well. Place in a coarse-sieved colander and sieve (pushing the batter through the holes of the colander) directly over a rapidly boiling pot of lightly salted water. Cook for about 5 minutes, drain.
  • Sprinkle spaetzle with a mixture of fine breadcrumbs, garlic powder and melted butter.
  • Place a large portion of the spaetzle on a serving platter and hollow out a well in the center. Spoon meatballs and sauce in the center of the spaetzle and serve warm.

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    " It was excellent "
    curious ate it and said...
    This is the same as a recipe I found in a Taste of Home Ground Beef Cookbook. We really like this. So glad you posted it --- now I can just bookmark it and not have to type it up!
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    " It was excellent "
    dinky100 ate it and said...
    This sounds just like what I'm looking for.. we are having a "heritage potluck" at work and I will bring these German meatballs & hot german potatoes.. thanks so much for the post!

    Recap-- turned out wonderful-- everybody thoroughly enjoyed them!
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    " It was excellent "
    laurakaay ate it and said...
    High FIVE!!! Awesome post, thanks for sharing!!! ~Laura ;D
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  • daboyslady 12 years ago
    I'm always looking for good German recipes. This looks like a winner. Thanks for sharing.
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    " It was excellent "
    toleliz ate it and said...
    Terrific recipe!
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  • conner909 12 years ago
    Reminds me...I made a German dinner last week for friends and made Spaetzle with Rouladen, red cabbage,homemade applesauce and cottage dill bread. I cooked for 3 days! (Believe it or not, I have a spaetzle's a flukie thing). This recipe looks comfy and good...will bookmark for winter as now the temperature here is in the 80's and 90's. (No, I'm not bragging)
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  • sheba 12 years ago
    Great recipe, very authentic and just like Mom used to make.
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  • lunasea 12 years ago
    Sounds wonderful and I'm looking forward to trying it. I'll let you know what I think. Thank you!
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