Frikadeller with Rich Zesty Herb Gravy

Frikadeller with Rich Zesty Herb Gravy

Frikadeller is a traditional Danish dish consisting of savory meatballs that are juicy and flavorful. The gravy is rich and infused with zesty herbs, providing a delightful balance that enhances the dish perfectly. It’s a comforting meal that’s perfect for family dinners or special occasions.


Frikadeller (Meatballs):
– 500g ground pork
– 1 onion, finely minced
– 2 cloves of garlic, minced
– 50g breadcrumbs
– 1 egg
– Salt and pepper to taste
– 1 tsp ground nutmeg (optional)
– 1 tsp ground mustard
– 2 tbsp fresh parsley, finely chopped
– 1 tbsp butter or oil for frying

Herb Gravy:
– 2 tbsp butter
– 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
– 400ml beef or vegetable broth
– 1 tsp Dijon mustard
– 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
– 1 tbsp fresh thyme, chopped (or 1 tsp dried thyme)
– 1 tbsp fresh rosemary, chopped (or 1 tsp dried rosemary)
– Salt and pepper to taste


Preparing the Frikadeller:
1. In a large bowl, combine the ground pork, minced onion, garlic, breadcrumbs, egg, salt, pepper, nutmeg (if using), ground mustard, and chopped parsley. Mix thoroughly until all ingredients are well-blended.
2. With your hands, shape the mixture into small balls, slightly flattened. This helps them cook evenly.
3. In a large frying pan, heat the butter or oil over medium heat. Add the meatballs and cook for about 5-7 minutes on each side until they are cooked through and browned nicely. Remove the meatballs from the pan and set them aside.

Making the Herb Gravy:
1. In the same pan, melt the butter over medium heat.
2. Add the flour and whisk continuously for about 2 minutes until you have a smooth roux and it turns a light golden brown.
3. Gradually pour in the broth while continuously whisking to avoid lumps.
4. Once the mixture begins to thicken, add the Dijon mustard, Worcestershire sauce, thyme, and rosemary.
5. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Let the gravy simmer for about 5 minutes, allowing it to blend the flavors.

Bringing It All Together:
1. Add the meatballs back into the pan with the gravy. Let them simmer together for about 5 minutes so the frikadeller can absorb some of the delicious gravy.
2. Serve hot, garnished with extra fresh herbs if desired. This dish pairs well with mashed potatoes, steamed vegetables, or a fresh salad.

Enjoy this comforting and aromatic Frikadeller with Herb Gravy!