German Meatballs and Gravy Recipe
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German Meatballs and Gravy Recipe

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These meatballs are in celebration of my heritage. I love making them for my family especially because they are a quick meal. —Marshelle Greenmyer-Bittner, Lisbon, North Dakota
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Cook: 35 min.
MAKES:8 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Cook: 35 min.
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 1 egg
  • 3-1/2 cups milk, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 cup finely shredded uncooked peeled potatoes
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped onion
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • Hot mashed potatoes, optional

Nutritional Facts

6 meatballs (calculated without mashed potatoes) equals 383 calories, 24 g fat (11 g saturated fat), 127 mg cholesterol, 745 mg sodium, 13 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 28 g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, combine the egg, 1/2 cup milk, Worcestershire sauce, shredded potatoes, onion, salt, nutmeg, ginger, allspice and pepper. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well. Shape into 48 balls.
  2. In a large skillet over medium heat, cook meatballs in butter in batches until no longer pink; remove and keep warm.
  3. Stir flour into drippings until blended; gradually add the remaining milk. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Return meatballs to the pan; heat through. Serve with mashed potatoes if desired. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as German Meatballs and Gravy in Taste of Home's Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2008, p233

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Reviewed Feb. 8, 2016

"These were amazing! Wouldn't change a thing about it!"

Reviewed Jan. 3, 2016

"Delicious, my whole family loved it! Great leftovers!"

Reviewed Aug. 17, 2015

"I really loved these meatballs! The different spices really make them special. I thought the gravy was lacking a little something so I added salt and pepper to taste. I made a couple of changes, using ground turkey instead of beef and potato bread crumbs instead of potatoes."

Reviewed Oct. 10, 2012

"The sauce is rich and a bit heavy, but these meatballs have great flavor."

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