Sauerbraten Klopse (Sauerbraten Meatballs)


Beef meatballs seasoned with cloves and allspice. Pan fried, and smothered in gravy.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
45 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs
4 servings


  • 1 pound lean ground beef

  • ¼ cup milk

  • ¼ cup dry bread crumbs

  • teaspoon ground cloves

  • teaspoon ground allspice

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

  • 1 cup water

  • ½ cup distilled white vinegar

  • 4 tablespoons packed brown sugar

  • ¾ teaspoon ground ginger

  • 1 bay leaf

  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

  • 2 tablespoons water


  1. In a large bowl, mix together ground beef, milk, and bread crumbs. Season with cloves, allspice, salt, and pepper. Shape into 1 inch balls.

  2. Heat oil in a large heavy skillet over medium heat. Cook the meatballs until evenly brown; drain excess fat. Stir in water, vinegar, brown sugar, ginger, and bay leaf. Cover, and simmer for 30 minutes. Skim off any fat. Transfer meatballs to a serving dish, and keep warm.

  3. Combine flour with 2 tablespoons of water, and whisk into pan. Cook, stirring constantly, until thickened. Pour gravy over meatballs.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

380 Calories
21g Fat
22g Carbs
24g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 380
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 21g 27%
Saturated Fat 7g 34%
Cholesterol 76mg 25%
Sodium 419mg 18%
Total Carbohydrate 22g 8%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Total Sugars 14g
Protein 24g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 54mg 4%
Iron 3mg 15%
Potassium 334mg 7%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.