Hungarian Meatballs – recipe

As the weather gets cooler, I’m looking for big hot bowls of hearty, full-flavored comfort food that hits the spot and leaves no leftovers.  Well, I take that back.  With this recipe, I want leftovers.  I double it at least and enjoy it for lunch until it’s gone and then I think about making more.

The meatballs themselves are pretty basic, but the sauce has an intensity that kicks the dish up a few notches and makes it stand out.  Don’t skip the sauce.  It makes this dish.

Hungarian Meatballs


The Meatballs:

1.  Combine the following and mix well:

  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 3/4 cup fresh bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup shopped fresh parsley (dried is ok, just use a little less)
  • 2 t. garlic, minced
  • 1 t. each kosher salt, ground coriander, ground cumin, red pepper flakes, black pepper
  • 1/3 cup whole milk
  • 1/3 cup chicken broth
  • 2 eggs, slightly beaten

2.  Shape into 2″ balls using a scoop or spoon.
3.  Brown meatballs in batches in 2 T. olive oil until browned on all sides, but not cooked through, 5-8 minutes, then transfer to a plate to cool.

The Sauce:

1.  Sweat in the same pan used for the meatballs, and cook until softened (8-10 min):

  • 2 cups sliced red and yellow bell peppers
  • 1 cup sliced onion

2.  Add:

  • 2 T. sweet paprika (a good Hungarian paprika if possible)
  • 1 T. minced garlic

3.  Stir to prevent burning, 2 minutes.
4.  Deglaze with 1/2 cup dry white wine.
5.  Simmer until reduced by half, 2-3 minutes.  Add:

  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup chopped tomatoes
  • Salt to taste

6.  Cook 15-20 minutes or until the sauce is thickened.
7.  Add the meatballs to the sauce and cook 4-5 minutes or until cooked through.
8.  Add 1/2 sour cream to the sauce off heat and stir (optional).
9.  Serve the meatballs and sauce over couscous.

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