Monday, April 27, 2009

Hungarian Meat Balls

I found this wonderful "vintage" 1958 cookbook at a garage sale for $1.00.

Titled: 365 Ways To Cook Hamburger.

Yeh! A recipe a day! (yea, right!).

I wonder if Zsa Zsa Gabor would have made these Hungarian Meat Balls?

They sound really good and very easy so I thought I'd give them a try.
Combine all ingredients in a bowl...
Make the little balls and put them on top of parchment paper (my new friend - thanks to a tip from a very sweet expert cook friend). Parchment is fabulous and easy to clean up - just wad up the paper and you will have a clean pan underneath!
Bake....hmmmmm.....they smelled devine!
....and serve!

A lovely dish....I recommend that you give it a try!


1 lb hamburger (I used ground chuck - you could use ground turkey, too)
1 large clove finely chopped garlic
1/2 cup dry bread crumbs (I used 3/4 cup)
1 egg, slightly beaten (I used 2 - by mistake and that is why I added more bread crumbs)
3 Tblsp. minced parsley
1/4 cup milk
1 tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper

Form into small balls. (note: The recipe called to brown the balls on all sides in 1/4 cup cooking fat seasoned with 1 tsp Kitchen Bouquet). To keep down the fat in the recipe, I baked them at 350 degrees for 35 minutes.

Mix together in a seperate pot:

1 - 4 oz can chopped or sliced mushrooms
2 cups sour cream (low fat is fine)
2 Tblsp flour

Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until thick. Add the meat balls, cover and cook slowly for 20 minutes.

Serve over cooked wide egg noodles.

Serves 4.


Carol said...

Sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing.

the wild raspberry said...

my girlies love meatballs...i get the frozen kind from costco. is that cheating? maybe i'll try your recipe. they look good.
{i went garage saleing this weekend and bought a book for .50--boy, we are big spenders} :)
have a great week,

The Raggedy Girl said...

Thank you for sharing this yummy recipe. The meatballs look so good. Great cookbook find too!

Have An Amazing Monday
from The Raggedy Girl-Roberta Anne

Patina said...

Yum, sounds good! I'm going to have to give it a try.

Jocelyn said...

Sounds delicious. I am always looking for a new recipe to try. We get tired of the same ole thing.

Anonymous said...

Oh man those look so good! I think I am going to make that for dinner tonight! Yum yum yum!

Dusty Devoe said...

Yummy! I love old cookbooks. We bought a cottage that was full of books. There must have been 250 cookbooks alone! The man was a gourmet cook. We have since moved and I had to downsize, so I kept 35of my favorites. Hsve used them many times. I will make Cowboy the meatballs! Thanks for sharing.

Maison Douce said...

This recipe couldn't have come at a better time.... I was staring at the ground beef in the refrigerator, trying to figure out what to do!!! Thanks!

Skoots1moM said...

so how much is a ticket to CA so i can eat your leftovers?! they look delish!!!

Coralie Cederna Johnson said...

This looks delicious! I wonder how it would work with ground turkey? Now that my husband is recovering from heart surgery, we're trying to substitute whenever we can. So far, I've made some great chili and a pasta dish with the ground turkey that turned out really well. So the meat balls should work well too.

Angela said...

What a fun cookbook. I love old cookbooks, especially ones from the 1940's and 50's.

Kathleen Grace said...

This sounds great, sometimes the old cookbooks have some strange recipes, looks like you found a winner though! I love the dish they are in :>)

Michele said...

Oooooo, these sound just like the ones my mom used to make. I love meatballs and I usually have to double a recipe just so there is enough for leftovers!

Thanks for sharing!


Blondie's Journal said...

So simple and easy~true comfort food! Will give it a try. :-D


Miss Jean said...

Thanks for the recipe. This sounds like something Mr. S. would love to have! I bet Maggie would like to lick the plate, too!

Faye said...

This looks so good!Love the looks of that cookbook!Thank-u for sharing! Blessings, Faye

Carol said...

Oh my goodness, it sounds delicious! And pretty easy, too. My kind of recipe, for sure!

Elizabeth and Gary said...

Hi Becky,
Oh my that does sound good. I will have to try the meatball recipe this weekend. I know the model of the Rose Lane home you are referring too, its the biggest one and yes it is grand. We bought our home four years ago and it had been a rental so it needed some TLC. We bought our home as our retirement home. I wish it was bigger especially when the family is over it can become very small real quick, but just for the two of us its a perfect size.
Enjoy your dinner, its pork chops for us today.

Maryjane-The Beehive Cottage said...

Becky, sure know how to make a gal hungry! Oh my, so very yummy! Thanks for the recipe and the pictures to show the steps. I must make this for hubby very soon. Think of you often and keep you in my prayers. You are such a sweetheart.

Love ya!

Rocky Creek Scotties and Rocky Creek Ramblings said...

Yum!! I think I'll be trying this one.

Have you tried the Chicken and Dumplings from Lallee's blog a few weeks back - they are so good and so easy that my son even made them for his girlfriend.

Have a wonderful evening.

cherry said...

YUMMMM and just so happens to be dinner time too! I wanted to let ya know that I shared pics of the adorable things you sent me! I love it all Becky..thanks again! Great score on the cookbook! I love the old recipes bar none! Cherry

Brenda Pruitt said...

I think I shall bookmark this one. Sounds delicious! You just can't improve on some things.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I love old cookbooks! And this recipe is great! Thanks for sharing!

Amy Gethins Sullivan said...

~oh yes~
I will be trying this recipe for sure~
~they look yummy~

~great cookbook find~


Barb said...


Unknown said...

Hey! Looks hearty. I might just have to try it! Were eating hamburger more these days... LOL :)
Have a great week Becky.

Jillian's Bella Rosa Antiques said...

Wow, you make it look SO GOOD and so easy!

Elyse said...

looks delish (but now i have the green acres theme in my head!) LOL


Carrie @ Cottage Cozy said...

What a fun book to find...I love old vintage cookbooks. Do you think you might get tired of ground beef though? haha

You are in my thoughts today, Becky, as I look at my grown son and pray that your sweet memories offer you comfort more than pain. I will continue to keep your family in my prayers.

Sincerely, Carrie

The Green Pea said...

Great pictures do they taste as good as they look? Sounds delicious. Sandi

Anonymous said...

Guess what! I totally made this for dinner tonight! of course I made wayyyyyyyyyy tooooooo much! I used 1 lb venison and 1 lb ground beef! I made 12 huge meatballs in a 9X13 pan! hehe! They were like mini-meatloaves! I also diced up 1/2 an onion super small and put it in there!
I also cheated a little on my sauce...I just used a big can of cream of chicken and a little can of roasted garlic cream of mushroom! It was awesome!!!!! My bf loved it! and tomorrow his parents and mine will also love the leftovers!!!
Thanks for sharing!

Mary Isabella and Kiley too! said...

Guess what I am having for dinner tomorrow night...m..

Linda ★ Parker's General said...

They sound and look very tasty. I love-love-love meatballs and this recipe sounds divine.

Cass @ That Old House said...

Those meatballs look fantastic -- and I like the recipe. I will make one change when I try it -- I can't help myself. My Mom was a bit of a health nut cook, and always used oatmeal instead of bread crumbs in meatloaf and meatballs, so I will do that also. I'll let you know how they turn out!

I love old cookbooks -- they often have such practical and useful recipes and information.


Rebecca said...

These looks Yum-O!!
Thanks for the wonderful recipe.

The Strawberry Mallard said...

mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.......Very yummy Miss Becky ~ when are you coming here to make us din din?????? Hope that Mr. D and Sweet Fiona got to taste the recipe! TY for sharing angel~~~Hugs, NEBS & the scotties

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

Becky, here it is 2:30 AM in the morning and I am on this computer. My gosh those meatballs look wonderful. I will have to try those. All is well with me. I am plugging along. :)
How is your little girl doing. I bet she is growing SO fast.
Love and smiles~

Vee said...

They look wonderful! Sometimes there's nothing better than a vintage recipe. The fifties, eh? Well guess that makes me vintage, too.

Dena said...

Oh Becky, my tummy is saying "Gimme"!! Those look so delish!


Jessi Nagy said...

hey doll,
were Hungarian.
these rock!!

Mrs. Cherry Heart said...

Oh Becky my mouth is watering!
I think I will try them with ground turkey and wheat noodles {Low fat -- I am dieting}

I was just visiting Cherry and drooling over her cherry flag banner....waaaay tooo cute! AND the cherry heart sachet is the icing on the cake!
Over the top sweetness!

Have a wonderful day
Hugz & Blessings,

Linda said...

Becky, I have this cookbook too. Carls loves anything hamburger and loves this book. I haven't made this recipe but I will for sure looks so yummy. hugs, Linda

Betty said...

Oh! Those look yummy and the recipe sounds almost exactly like the Swedish meatballs I used to make. Now you've got me craving them and its not even noon!

Cora from Hidden Riches said...

Just a little while ago, I did a post about this book, as I had had one years ago. I finally found one on Ebay and still waiting for it to come! Can't wait to make the meatballs and all the other stuff in that book!!!! Thanks for sharing!

Joyce said...

I have to try these as my husband would enjoy this dish. Thanks for sharing.

Susie Q said...

Oh my but this sounds so, so good!

Aren't the old cookbooks the best??


Allidink said...

I had Swedish Meatballs today for lunch LOL they seem kind of similar. Love them! Thanks for the recipe :)

All the best,

trish said...

How delicious! Thank you for sharing the recipe! :o)
Sincerely ~ Tricia Anne

The Vintage Vagablonde said...

That looks delic....I am trying to watch what I eat :(

I have 10 lbs to lose and I am not liking the journey....I want some chips and salsa!!!!!

Hope all is well :)

Rosemary said...

Sounds like a good recipe!!
Looks good too!

Amy said...

Looks Good! Really 350 recipe's for hamburger? Great find!

Lallee said...

I just finished lunch 30 minutes ago and you already made me hungry again. It will be a long wait until dinner!

I loved your simple curves and soft colors in the two previous posts. so serene. I surprised myself when I bought white dishes last year. Sometimes you just need to be surrounded by simple things.


Anna said...

Now that looks like some serious comfort food. I can almost smell it ...

Nanette Merrill said...

Just catching up on your blog. I've got a pile in my google reader. Such lovely words and photos. This recipe looks wonderful. Good ideas, all your posts.