December 21, 2008

Home-made Bitterballen

Category: Food

My bitterballen, surprisingly became quite a hit since my 1st attempt a few months ago. Already onto my 3rd batch now and it’s looking like this Dutch snack is here to stay! Apparently, they tasted authentic as verified by 2 natives. 2 Dutch can’t be wrong, right!

Perhaps this calls for a  side business catering to the Dutch community in Bangkok who craves for some comfort food of nothing less than a good home-made bitterballen!

Here’s the recipe which was slightly improvised:

Home-made Bitterballen
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Ingredients
  1. 400g minced beef/veal/chicken
  2. 400 ml of water
  3. 1 carrot (grated)
  4. 1 onion (chopped finely)
  5. 125g butter
  6. 125g flour
  7. 1 tbsp nutmeg
  8. Parsely (chopped finely)
  9. 1 tspn Wocestershire Sauce (optional)
  10. 1 beef stock cube
  11. 1 tspn paprika
  12. 1 cup milk
  13. 3 egg yolks
  14. Breadcrumbs
Instructions
  1. Combine beef, carrot onion in water and let it simmer
  2. Add beef cubes and simmer, then slowly bring it to a boil
  3. Strain the meat from the liquid. Set aside
  4. Melt butter and stir in the flour, blending thoroughly to make a thick sauce
  5. Add in the strained liquid from the meat into the mixture and keep stirring until smooth and till a ragout appears
  6. Season with salt, nutmeg, parsely and paprika. Add in 1 egg yolk
  7. Stir in the strained meat into the mixture and simmer for about 10 minute. Add in milk and stir
  8. Transfer to a container and cool off – add more seasoning to taste if desired
  9. When cool, roll them into balls
  10. Separately beat the other 2 egg yolks with some water
  11. Roll balls into breadcrumbs, then into the egg yolks and back to the crumbs again. Set aside to chill
  12. Deep fry when ready to eat. Serve with mustard
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  1. Sounds great will copy this for my husband who is the cook

  2. These sound nice for Thanksgiving!

    • Not only for Thanksgiving, Faraday. They are good for anytime of the day, everyday! ? Are you going to try making those? 🙂

  3. Gen

    Amaze. Just amaze!

    • Bitterballen are the best Dutch snacks. Have you tried those? Once you start, you can’t stop! They have the frozen ones as well and the very good ones are from Van Dobben. But why buy when you can make? ;p

  4. Deep fried meatballs!! The Dutch are ahead of their time! I didn’t know about this dish but since they gave us doughnuts (I think, too lazy to fact check(=) I’m not surprised!!

    I’ll have to give this a go!

    • Ooooh..these are frighteningly good! Bitterballen is my favourite Dutch “cuisine”. :p Glad you stumbled upon this one and you’ll definitely have to give it a go! 😀

      I didn’t know about origins of doughnuts and the Dutch! I did a little wiki and this is what it said: “Doughnuts have a disputed history. One theory suggests they were invented in North America by Dutch settlers, and in the 19th century, doughnuts were sometimes referred to as one kind of oliekoek (a Dutch word literally meaning “oil cake”), a “sweetened cake fried in fat.”

      Who’d have thought!I haven’t heard of oliekoek but I’m very familiar with olliebollen – another deep fried dough! I learnt something new from you Frugal Hausfrau! 😀

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