Meatballs in sour cream sauce

Moushira Abdel-Malek , Tuesday 12 Sep 2023

Meatballs in sour cream sauce
Meatballs in sour cream sauce


Serves 4-6


For Meatballs: 

500 gm minced beef 

1 medium onion (finely chopped)

1 tsp finely minced garlic

3 slices of white toast (edges removed; torn)

3 tbsp warm milk

1 egg

1/2 cup fresh parsley leaves (chopped)

1 tbsp butter + 1 tbsp olive oil

2 tbsp butter + 2 tbsp olive oil (for frying meatballs)

Salt + pepper + grated nutmeg + herbes de Provençe 


For the Gravy:

1/2 cup sour cream

1/2 cup cream

2 tsp Dijon mustard

2 bouillons cubes (dissolved in 2.5 cups hot water)

2 tbsp flour

1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce

1 tbsp butter + 1 tbsp olive oil

Salt + pepper + grated nutmeg + herbes de Provençe



Meatballs:  In a small saucepan; heat oil and butter.  Add onion and garlic.  Stir only until translucent.  Remove into a big bowl; until cools off to room temperature.  In another small bowl, mix milk and egg.  Beat egg into milk with a tiny pinch of black pepper.  Soak torn pieces of bread in mixture; pressing them down to soak well; only for five minutes.  When onion and garlic have cooled off, add minced meat, milk mixture, parsley; (reserving a tiny handful to sprinkle) and all seasoning; over onion and garlic.  Mix gently; only until well combined.  Do not overmix the meat; lest meatballs become tough.  Form into medium-sized balls; approximately 20.  Heat a large frying pan on high heat.  When hot, melt butter adding oil; for frying.  Gently fry meatballs until lightly golden on all sides.  Remove on kitchen paper towels and leave aside.  



Using the same pan; reduce heat to medium.  Add butter and oil.  Stir to make a roux.  Add the prepared stock while stirring constantly.  When it blends and thickens; stir in the cream, sour cream, mustard and Worcestershire sauce.  Return fried balls into pan.  Reduce heat to medium-low.  Cover; stirring occasionally.  When meatballs are done; remove away from heat.  Pour into serving dish.  Sprinkle reserved parsley on top.  Serve with buttered pasta, or mashed potatoes, or fluffed white rice. 

* A version of this article appears in print in the 14 September, 2023 edition of Al-Ahram Weekly

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