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Dutch Bitterballen (a Deep Fried Meatball)

Please note that time noted does not include chill time from 2 to 12 hours.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Dutch
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 24
Calories 41 kcal
Author International Cuisine


  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup beef broth
  • 3/4 lb sirloin or flank steak cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cups dry bread crumbs
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon milk
  • 1 teaspoon canola oil
  • Oil for deep-fat frying
  • Spicy mustard


  1. In a large saucepan, melt butter over medium heat.
  2. Stir in flour until smooth. Gradually add broth; bring to a boil.
  3. Cook and stir for 1 minute or until thickened.
  4. Carefully add meat and parsley; cook and stir for 2-5 minutes or until meat is no longer pink.
  5. Stir in the salt, nutmeg and pepper.
  6. Transfer to a bowl; refrigerate for 2-12 hours or until chilled.
  7. Place bread crumbs in a small shallow bowl. In another bowl, whisk the eggs, milk and oil.
  8. Drop meat mixture by tablespoonfuls into bread crumbs; shape into balls.
  9. Dip meatballs in egg mixture, then coat again with crumbs. In a skillet or deep fryer, heat oil to 375°.
  10. Fry meatballs, a few at a time, for 2-4 minutes or until golden brown on all sides.
  11. Drain on paper towels.
  12. Serve hot with spicy mustard
Nutrition Facts
Dutch Bitterballen (a Deep Fried Meatball)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 41 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Fat 2g3%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 17mg6%
Sodium 93mg4%
Potassium 16mg0%
Carbohydrates 4g1%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 65IU1%
Calcium 11mg1%
Iron 0.3mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.