I love finding and making centuries-old recipes that sound like they’d be really good, and discovering they are! Danish Frikadelle or frikadeller are somewhat flattened egg-shaped ground pork/veal/beef meatballs. They’re first mentioned in a hand-written Danish cookbook around the 13th century and more recently in an 1837 cookbook.
For some odd reason, I thought they were German. However, I discovered they’re popular all across Europe and known by slightly different names in each region. There’s even a potato version in India due to Danish influence.
The recipe I’d followed that very first time wasn’t as close to the original as I’d thought. The text where the author said it had been updated to suit her family’s tastes was overlooked. Turns out, my family liked her version, but I didn’t precisely follow her instructions. She had made a gajillion tiny meat patties and fried them all in a skillet. I made one big patty on a jellyroll pan and baked it in the oven then cut them into little squares. They tasted great and I saved myself a boat-load of time and trouble. 🤗
However, they weren’t supposed to be little patties. So the next time, I made egg-shaped Danish Frikadelle. It then made sense to fry them like ordinary meatballs.
I serve them with the updated gravy, the historically accurate boiled potatoes, beets or fried red cabbage, and added a side of egg noodles because Jimmie loves them. 😊
I hope you give this recipe a try and find it as delicious as we do!
You can cut the gravy recipe in half, but if you’re serving noodles, you might need more sauce rather than less.
*Pictures show 3 lbs. of meat mixture.
As much as I want to travel the world, see all the wondrous things I’ve only seen on TV or in books, it’s not possible right now. So, at least tasting the foods that nourish different cultures from around the U.S. and globe is the next best thing. If you’re the inquisitive type like me, find my Recipes Around the World board on Pinterest. Go on a fabulous cruise with your tastebuds. In addition, I’ve got 38 other recipe boards with hundreds of dishes to please almost any palate. 😋