Having Company for Dinner? Serve Flemish Meatballs Over Egg Noodles

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Beer Sauce

Nothing better than a nice, flavorful beer.  Combine that with Dijon and butter and you have a winning combination for dinner!
Nothing better than a nice, flavorful beer. Combine that with Dijon and butter and you have a winning combination for dinner! | Source

Hamburger Helper

Beer Makes it Special

If you have a pound of hamburger on hand and don't know what to do with it, this recipe is a lifesaver. Not only is it easy to make, it has a European taste to it, thanks to the Dijon mustard and beer. Fresh minced parsley makes it a culinary delight, and best of all, it is inexpensive to prepare.

The only trick about this dish is firmly forming the meatballs. The ingredients, of course, are probably already in your kitchen cupboard. Firmly squish the little balls so they are tight and snug in the palm of your hand. Once you have formed about sixteen, time to roll them around a bit in the flour.

The flour should be well coated, but not too thick. This flour run-off will help create a type of sauce from the butter, Dijon mustard and beer. It's really a lovely combination. For those who are wild about parsley, it could be browned in the skillet alongside the meatballs.

This was one of our beginning cooking dishes when we were kids. Both parents worked, so each of us learned how to make dinner. One of the things I like most about it is the result is extra-ordinary, with such ordinary items that are probably stocked in the refrigerator.

As a last minute menu item, it really fills the bill. Men love this dish. So do women! Enjoy!!

Shaping the balls

They should look like this before cooking.  Even, round, not too large nor too small.  Bits of parsley and onion bits are barely visible.
They should look like this before cooking. Even, round, not too large nor too small. Bits of parsley and onion bits are barely visible. | Source

Cook Time

Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 10 min
Ready in: 30 min
Yields: Serves four servings of four meatballs each

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. lean ground beef, may be mixed with ground turkey or sausage
  • 1 egg
  • 3 Tablespoons beer, divided
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper, ground
  • 1/4 tsp. thyme
  • 1/2 tsp. minced parsley
  • 2 tsp. minced onion
  • about 1/2 cup flour
  • SAUCE
  • 2 T. Dijon mustard
  • 3/4 cup beer
  • 3 T. butter

A Side Dish of Egg Noodles

Egg noodles go well with Flemish meatballs.  Dribble a little sauce on the al dente noodles, toss lightly and serve.  It's a meat dish both easy to prepare and fit for company.
Egg noodles go well with Flemish meatballs. Dribble a little sauce on the al dente noodles, toss lightly and serve. It's a meat dish both easy to prepare and fit for company. | Source

Flemish Meatballs

  1. Mix together all ingredients, using only 3T of beer and reserving the rest for cooking. Roll the meat into 16 evenly shaped balls. Roll the meatballs in a shallow plate filled with a layer of flour to evenly coat them.
  2. In a medium sized skillet, melt 3 T. butter taking care not to burn the butter. Now, brown the meatballs quickly and evenly on fairly high heat. Let the meatballs stay in one place for about five minutes, then gently loosen them with a spatula to brown evenly on all sides. They look much better if they remain intact throughout the cooking process.
  3. Mix the sauce ingredients together. Add a small amount of the remaining beer into 2 T. Dijon mustard until well blended, adding the remaining beer and pour into the skillet.

Browning the Meatballs

The meatballs must get a little color in the pan, but not burn.  A wooden spoon may be used after about five minutes of cooking.  If they are moved too soon, they will crumble and lose shape.  Almost time to add the beer sauce!
The meatballs must get a little color in the pan, but not burn. A wooden spoon may be used after about five minutes of cooking. If they are moved too soon, they will crumble and lose shape. Almost time to add the beer sauce! | Source

Nutritional Information for Flemish Meatballs

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 4 meatballs
Calories 350
Calories from Fat234
% Daily Value *
Fat 26 g40%
Saturated fat 18 g90%
Unsaturated fat 8 g
Carbohydrates 20 g7%
Protein 74 g148%
Cholesterol 33 mg11%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

Food Combining Suggestions

The perfect combination is - Flemish meatballs on a bed of cooked noodles. Mix the sauce a little on the noodles.

On the side? A lovely green salad, especially with dark leaves like romaine, endive and other organic looking tidbits.

For dessert, I suggest a nice Nutmeg Cake, which can be prepared the same day or before. It's best served chilled, not hot out of the oven. It can be accompanied with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a cup of black coffee.

Bon Appetit!

Green Salad - A great source of roughage

A healthy green salad rounds out this meal well, especially when graced with a light vinaigrette sauce.
A healthy green salad rounds out this meal well, especially when graced with a light vinaigrette sauce. | Source

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europewalker 4 years ago

Those meatballs look delicious! I can't wait to try this recipe. Thanks for sharing:)


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EuroCafeAuLait 4 years ago from Croatia, Europe Author

My pleasure. Just posting it makes me want to make it again! Thanks for commenting, ECAL


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Flemish meatballs sound great and are going on my dinner menu plans for next week.


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chef-de-jour 4 years ago from Wakefield, West Yorkshire,UK

Meatballs are one of the great culinary inventions and merit a string of restaurants world wide serving just... meatballs...in various disguises! These look the bees knees, ready for Flemish relish. I'm hooked already.

And such a simpl recipe even a dimmock like me could do it.

muchas gracias.


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HawaiiHeart 4 years ago from Hawaii

Everything looks so good and the sauce sure sounds delicious!


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EuroCafeAuLait 4 years ago from Croatia, Europe Author

Hi Susan! Glad to hear they look so interesting. After you make them, please let me know how they turned out for you! Hope your family loves them as much as mine do. ECAL


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EuroCafeAuLait 4 years ago from Croatia, Europe Author

Hi chef-de-jour, thanks for stopping by, commenting, and the follow. I highly doubt you are a dimmock (lol) if your user name is "chef" - you probably love cooking as much as I do. Anyway, enjoy - and don't worry, your kids won't get drunk from the beer in the recipe - it just adds a great flavor. Bon Appetit, Best to you - Euro


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EuroCafeAuLait 4 years ago from Croatia, Europe Author

It is, it is!! Hope you are having fun in Hawaii. Regards, ECAL

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