Gehakt Ballen (Dutch Meatballs)


These are really delicious and easy to make. Serve with potatoes.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 5 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 25 mins
4 servings


  • 1 pound ground meatloaf mix (beef, pork veal)

  • 4 slices white bread

  • cup milk

  • 1 egg, beaten

  • 1 small onion, finely chopped

  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated nutmeg

  • ½ teaspoon ground cloves

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

  • ½ cup butter

  • 2 cups water

  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes

  • 1 (14 ounce) can beef broth

  • 1 (1 ounce) package dry onion soup mix


  1. Place meatloaf mix in a large mixing bowl; crumble bread over meat and knead with hands to combine. Add milk and egg to meat mixture. Knead onion, nutmeg, cloves, salt, and pepper into meat mixture until well-combined. Form mixture into six equal-sized balls.

  2. Melt butter in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Cook and stir meatballs in hot butter until browned on all sides, 5 to 10 minutes. Stir water, tomatoes, beef broth, and onion soup mix into Dutch oven; bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer until meatballs are tender and cooked through, about 1 hour.

Cook's Note:

You can substitute 1/2 pound ground pork and 1/2 pound ground beef for the 1 pound meatloaf mix, if desired.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

524 Calories
37g Fat
24g Carbs
23g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 524
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 37g 47%
Saturated Fat 20g 101%
Cholesterol 169mg 56%
Sodium 1548mg 67%
Total Carbohydrate 24g 9%
Dietary Fiber 3g 10%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 23g
Vitamin C 10mg 50%
Calcium 143mg 11%
Iron 4mg 22%
Potassium 296mg 6%

* 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.

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