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Königsberger Klopse
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Königsberger Klopse | German Meatballs in White Sauce with Capers

These delicious Königsberger Klopse are a classic German dish of tender meatballs in a delicate white sauce with capers.
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Prep Time:25 mins
Cook Time:15 mins
Total Time:40 mins


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 whole breakfast roll, piece of baguette or other bread
  • 2 small onions
  • 1 whole egg
  • 1 TBSP parsley
  • 1 quart bouillon, stock, or broth
  • 2-3 TBSP butter
  • 2-3 TBSP flour
  • 1 TBSP lemon juice
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1-2 TBSP capers, drained
  • salt & pepper to taste


  • Cut the stale bread into small cubes.
  • In a small bowl, combine about ½ cup of milk with the bread cubes to soak. Set aside.
  • Finely chop the onions and add them to a medium sized bowl.
  • Finely chop the parsley and add it to the same bowl.
  • Crack the egg right into the bowl.
  • When softened, take your hands to squeeze excess milk from the bread cubes and add them to the bowl.
  • Add the ground meat to the bowl. With your hands, mix all the ingredients until well combined.
  • Depending on your preference, with your hands form 8-16 meatballs.
  • Place them on a plate and set aside.
  • In a medium sized pot, heat up about 1 quart of bouillon or stock. When the bouillon is boiling, carefully add the meat balls, cover, and turn to a low simmer.
  • Simmer the meatballs for about 10 minutes or until done, turning them half way through.
  • With a slotted spoon, remove the meatballs from the pot, place on a plate and set aside.
  • Strain the cooking liquid through a strainer and reserve for the sauce.
  • Over medium-low heat, in the same or another medium sized pot, melt 2-3 tablespoons of butter. Add about 2-3 tablespoons of flour. With a wire whisk, combine the butter and flour well.
  • While stirring constantly, gradually add the reserved broth. Gently simmer to thicken the sauce.
  • Turn off the heat. Add 1 tablespoon of lemon juice, ½ cup of sour cream, 1 teaspoon of sugar, and season with salt and pepper.
  • Taste the sauce and adjust seasonings to your liking.
  • Transfer the meatballs to the pot with the sauce and heat gently over low heat.
  • For the classic pairing serve with boiled potatoes. You can also serve the meatballs over rice, pasta, dumplings, or your favorite side.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: German
Keyword: German meatballs
Servings: 4 servings
Cost: $18