KONIGSBERGER KLOPSE (German veal and pork meatballs with anchovies and capers, for four)
For the meatballs:
1 pound ground veal shoulder
½ pound ground pork shoulder
2 cups fine bread crumbs
2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
1 tablespoon minced drained capers
1 tablespoon finely grated lemon zest
1 egg, lightly beaten
2 teaspoons anchovy paste
¼ teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon white pepper
¾ cup club soda (using club soda as the liquid ingredient makes the meatballs light and fluffy)
For the poaching liquid:
2 cups beef broth
1 quart (4 cups) water
For the sauce:
the poaching liquid (above)
3 tablespoons butter
2 medium shallots or scallions, peeled and minced
3 tablespoons flour
¼ cup drained small capers
½ cup sour cream, at room temperature
- Make the meatballs. With hands, mix all ingredients together well; cover and chill until firm enough to shape – 2 to 3 hours. Roll into 1 to 1-1/2 inch balls, arrange in a single layer on a large tray coated with nonstick cooking spray, cover and chill 2 hours.
- Poach meatballs. Bring broth and water to simmering in a large heavy saucepan over moderate heat. Add half the meatballs and, when the liquid returns to a simmer, adjust the heat so it barely trembles. Poach meatballs, uncovered, 20 minutes; using a slotted spoon, transfer to a large heatproof bowl, cover loosely and keep warm. Poach the remaining meatballs in the same way, add to the bowl, cover loosely and keep warm.
- Make sauce. Boil poaching liquid, uncovered, until reduced to 2 cups, about 20 minutes. Meanwhile, melt butter in a small, heavy saucepan over low heat; add shallots and stir-fry until golden – 2 to 3 minutes. Blend in flour and mellow 2 to 3 minutes. Whisk 1 cup reduced poaching liquid into flour paste, stir back into large pan with poaching liquid and cook stirring constantly, until thickened and smooth, 3 to 5 minutes. Stir in capers.
- Return meatballs to pan, set lid askew, and bring slowly to serving temperature. Gently smooth in sour cream and serve.
from Jean Anderson, The American Century Cookbook