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Konigsberger Klopse (German Meatballs in Creamy Caper Sauce)

A classic! Authentic Knigsberger Klopse are made from ground veal, beef, and pork, along with a small amount of anchovies (or sardines or herring), chopped onions, bread crumbs, eggs, and spices. The traditional creamy sauce that accompanies the dumplings are made from the broth in which the dumplings were cooked, flour, cream, white wine, lemon juice, and capers. Delicious! Serve with boiled new potatoes and my Rotkohl recipe #108449 #108449. Also makes a great appetizer! A little history: Predecessors of the Knigsberger Klopse date back to the Middle Ages. However, the East Prussian name Klops (Klops = meat dumpling) didn't originate until the 18th century. Knigsberger Klopse was invented in the city of Knigsberg (then the capital of East Prussia; today known as Kaliningrad, Russia) around 200 years ago. My German/Polish/French grandmother was born and raised in East Prussia, about 30 kilometers from Knigsberg. This recipe is my version of her delicious Knigsberger Klop
12 Servings - 1 hr 45 min -
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Servings:12  | Calories:419 | Total Fat:26g  | Chol:158mg  | More
Nutritional facts are per serving and accuracy is not certain.
Total Fat 26g
40 %
Sat Fat 11g
55 %
Total Carb 15g
5 %
Fiber 1g
4 %
Sugars 3g
Cholesterol 158mg
53 %
Sodium 785mg
33 %
Protein 28g
56 %
44% Others combined
22% Ground sirloin
19% Ground pork
12% Ground veal
Percentages based on 2000 calories diet. Data may be incomplete or calculations inaccurate - Learn more.


1 lb ground sirloin
1 lb ground pork
1 lb ground veal
4 eggs, slightly beaten
1 1/4 cups fine plain breadcrumbs (I use Progresso plain breadcrumbs, grandmother used a ground up hard roll)
1/2 cup milk
1 medium white onion, finely chopped
1 lemon, zest of, small finely chopped
1 lemon, juice of
3 tablespoons capers, chopped
3 tablespoons anchovy paste (alternatively you may use sardines or herring) or 3 tablespoons crushed anchovy fillets (alternatively you may use sardines or herring)
1/4 cup melted butter
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
flour (for rolling)
1 (32 ounce) box chicken stock or 1 (32 ounce) box vegetable stock
1 bay leaf
1/4 cup cider vinegar
1/2 cup good quality dry white wine (I use fume blanc or extra dry champagne)
10 black peppercorns
2 tablespoons capers
1 lemon, zest of, small finely chopped
1 lemon, juice of
1 cup good quality sour cream
1/4 cup snipped fresh parsley, for garnish

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