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Bitterballen – Dutch Meatball Hors d’Oeuvre

Bitterballen - Dutch Meatball Hors d'Oeuvre
Written by lucywg
Bitterballen - Dutch Meatball Hors d'Oeuvre

Bitterballen - Dutch Meatball Hors d'Oeuvre

A tasty recipe from Holland that is simple yet produces superb meatballs. Serve with a mustard sauce for a treat.
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Course: Canapes
Cuisine: Dutch
Keyword: Beef, Salad
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 35 minutes
Servings: 12 meatballs
Calories: 150kcal



  • Heat one tablespoon of the butter in a large skillet over moderate heat and cook the meat, carrots, and onions until the meat is browned and the carrots are tender.
  • Drain the meat in a colander, then place in a mixing bowl.
  • Add the salt, pepper, nutmeg, lemon juice, and parsley and stir to combine.
  • Set the meat mixture aside.
  • Heat the remaining 3 tablespoons (45 ml) of butter in a saucepan over moderate heat and stir in the flour to make a roux.
  • Cook this for 2 to 3 minutes, then add the beef broth or milk.
  • Continue heating, stirring constantly, until the sauce boils and becomes quite thick.
  • Combine the sauce with the meat mixture, stirring to combine them thoroughly, and chill this mixture for at least two hours in the refrigerator, until it has become solid.
  • When the mixture has solidified, roll it into balls about 1 inches (2.5 cm) in diameter, using your hands.
  • Roll the balls in the bread crumbs, then in the egg and water mixture, then in the bread crumbs again.
  • Fry a few at a time in a deep fryer with at least 2 inches (5 cm) of oil at 375F (190C) until golden (about 2 to 3 minutes).
  • Drain on paper towels and serve immediately.


I serve these with a simple mustard dipping sauce for which that recipe is also on this site. Try it and you will love it.


Sodium: 159mg | Sugar: 1g | Fiber: 1g | Potassium: 151mg | Cholesterol: 25mg | Calories: 150kcal | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Fat: 8g | Protein: 6g | Carbohydrates: 13g