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SUPER BOWL YUMMIES! Traditional Danish Meat Balls (Frikadeller) by Grama Jensen

Updated on January 11, 2013

Grama Jensen (1895-1972)

Grama Jensen and my grandfather posing for a picture in Montpelier, Vermont, in the the late 1950s.
Grama Jensen and my grandfather posing for a picture in Montpelier, Vermont, in the the late 1950s.

It was in the day of the Titanic, 1912, when Karen Marie Jensen, my "Grama Jensen", left her native home in Aalborg, Denmark, to make her way to a new life in the United States of America.

Karen Marie was seventeen years old, the oldest of thirteen brothers and sisters, when she left home. She had helped to make a family living by baking and cooking family recipes, one of the most sought after, being the recipe for Frikadellar-Danish Meat Balls.

Coming to America with a hope and a dream, she presented some of the chosen family recipes and was hired as a caterer. Her catering career hit its prime when she was hired in the 1940s for a special event, in honor of the renowned, mystery writer, Alfred Hitchcock. History, as they say, was made for my family.

This culinary delight is perfect to bring to a Super Bowl party, or to serve to guests who may be expecting the usual snacks for this annual gathering of sports fans, both young and old.

The recipe is easy, yet traditional, and will be a crowd pleaser that will be looked forward to, year after year.

So, enjoy a little bit of Denmark, and enjoy anytime, not just on special occasions.

FRIKADELLER-Danish Meatballs


1/4 cup chopped onions (yellow or white)

1 tablespoon, butter

1/2 lb. ground beef

1/2 lb. ground veal

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon allspice

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

1 egg, well beaten

1/4 cup milk

1/2 cup cracker crumbs

2 teaspoons butter

1 can condensed (10 1/2 oz) beef consomme


Saute onions in 1 Tbsp. butter until transparent.

Add veal and beef

Add all seasonings, then add cracker crumbs, milk, and egg.

MIX TOGETHER with hands.

Shape into small balls, flatten slightly, and brown in 2 tsp. butter, then add consomme and cook on medium heat, covered, for 12-15 minutes. Turn occasionally, to cook meat throughout.

Gravy: Mix meat drippings with flour until a desired consistency forms. Start with 3 Tbsp. of flour, add more if desired. Pour gravy over meatballs, or serve on the side for dipping.

* This recipe should serve 24 small meatballs, but double the ingredients, and double your batch of yum!


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    • Kim Grbac Diaz profile imageAUTHOR

      Kim Diaz 

      5 years ago from Upstate, New York

      Hi Kathryn: so nice to receive your feedback. I am very proud of my Danish heritage. I also have my Grama Jensen's recipe for old country Danish shortbread cookies. I sell them locally, in a couple of gift stores, and at craft fairs. Family recipes are an awesome way to celebrate the essence of family life, for all. Thanks again for your supportive comment...bon appetit!

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      5 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      I like the background behind the recipe.

      It looks fantastic, and a little different than meatballs I have made.

      Thaks for sharing this old recipe with us.

    • Kim Grbac Diaz profile imageAUTHOR

      Kim Diaz 

      6 years ago from Upstate, New York

      good morning, Shauna: grama did cater for Alfred Hitchcock! One of our family's great legacy stories. I actually bake and sell locally, her famous Danish butter cookie recipe. Of course, that will go to the grave with me. :). My mother also was a great baker and won many awards thru Better Home/Gardens, Success Rice, and has been in many cookbooks. I am very lucky to have this heritage. Both of my parents have since passed, mom was a Dane and my dad was Croation. Good stock! thanks, and yes...they are similar to Swedish...very yummy too!

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      6 years ago from Central Florida

      Kim, your Grandma catered for Alfred Hitchcock?! Way cool! This recipe sounds delicious. It's very similar to Swedish Meatballs, which is one of my favorite dishes. Yummm!

    • Kim Grbac Diaz profile imageAUTHOR

      Kim Diaz 

      6 years ago from Upstate, New York

      they are...delish! yes...hope you get them on SB Sunday!

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      6 years ago

      Dear Kim,

      you recipe for Danish meatballs sounds soooo delicious! I'll ask my wife if she would make them for the superbowl. Can't wait!! Thanks. God bless you.

    • Kim Grbac Diaz profile imageAUTHOR

      Kim Diaz 

      6 years ago from Upstate, New York

      Yummy, I tell ya. A snack I may indulge in when I write my "fiction" piece... ;)

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      Bill Holland 

      6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I have never heard of Danish meat balls, but I love meat balls and I'm sure I would love this. Thanks for the recipe!


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