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German Meatballs with Caraway Mushroom Cream Sauce

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My love of German flavors and ingredients was the original inspiration for this dish of Hearty German Meatballs with Caraway Mushroom Cream Sauce. It’s a delicious comfort-food recipe, with a German twist.

A white bowl filled with German meatballs, cream sauce, parsley, and a spoon.

Today’s recipe for German Meatballs with Caraway Mushroom Cream Sauce is a “recipe re-do” from one I shared years ago which I called simply enough German Meatballs in Cream Sauce.

This new version uses heavy cream in place of the evaporated milk I used back in 2012, does away with the beer entirely and replaces it with beef stock, and I added a bunch of fresh mushrooms and stone-ground mustard to pump up the flavor. Wunderbar!!

**Please Note – The printable recipe card with detailed instructions, complete ingredient measurements, and nutritional information for making German Meatballs with Caraway Mushroom Sauce is available at the end of this post. 

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The ingredient list for making German Meatballs with Caraway Mushroom Cream Sauce;

While the ingredient list may seem long, they’re items you most likely already have on hand in your pantry, fridge, and freezer.

  • Ground Beef
  • Heavy Cream or Half and Half
  • Onion
  • Caraway Seeds
  • Worcestershire Sauce
  • Breadcrumbs
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Oil (I use grapeseed or olive)
  • Butter
  • Button or Cremini Mushrooms
  • Beef Stock
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Cream of Mushroom Soup
  • Fresh Parsley

Can other ground meats be used to make German meatballs?

Sure! Why not use ground turkey, pork, lamb, or veal? You can also use any combination of ground meats you like.

Just make sure that when you’re cooking the meatballs they’re no longer pink in the center when you’re ready to serve.

Can German meatballs with caraway mushroom cream sauce be frozen?

Yes! Add the cooked meatballs to a freezer-safe container, cover, and freeze for up to 3 months.

To reheat, thaw and bake in a preheated 350-degree oven for 30 minutes.

How to make German meatballs;

  • In a large bowl, mix together two pounds of ground chuck, salt, pepper, caraway seeds, chopped red onion, Worcestershire sauce, stone ground mustard, garlic powder, dry breadcrumbs, cream, salt, and pepper.
  • Form the meat into balls approximately the size of golf balls.
Photo tutorial collage of how to make German Mushrooms.
  • Brown the meatballs on all sides in a large skillet over medium/high heat with 2 tablespoons of a light-colored oil, and two tablespoons of butter.
  • Remove the browned meatballs from the skillet and add sliced red onion and mushrooms to the hot skillet.
  • Saute for approximately 3-4 minutes.
  • Add the beef stock to the skillet along with the cream of mushroom soup, apple cider vinegar, caraway seeds, and sour cream.
  • Stir well to combine and turn the heat to low.
Photo tutorial collage of how to make German Mushrooms.
Photo tutorial collage of how to make German Mushrooms.
  • Add the browned meatballs back into the skillet, turning once to coat.
  • Cover and simmer the meatballs on low for approximately 15 minutes.
  • To serve, spoon the sauce over the meatballs and serve with noodles, potatoes, or rice (if desired).
  • Garnish with parsley and serve.
Photo tutorial collage of how to make German Mushrooms.

For additional German-inspired recipes please click on the following titles for;

*German Bee Sting Cake (pictured below) from (yours truly) Kudos Kitchen

German bee sting cake with a honey dipper and cake server on a glass cake plate

*Homemade German Pretzels from West Via Midwest

*German Pork Ribs and Sauerkraut for the Slow Cooker (pictured below) from (yours truly) Kudos Kitchen

Closeup photo of a bowl of German Pork Ribs and Sauerkraut with carrots and mushrooms

*German Apple Strudel from House of Nash Eats

*Knockwurst Sandwich with Sauerkraut and Munster Cheese (pictured below) from (yours truly) Kudos Kitchen

Knockwurst Sandwich on a tray with a pretzel bun and sauerkraut.

*Hot German Potato Salad from The Good Hearted Woman

*Crescent Roll Wrapped Bratwurst Bites (pictured below) from (yours truly) Kudos Kitchen

Overhead photos of a tray of bratwurst bites with dipping sauce in a bowl.

Below is the printable recipe card for today’s German Meatballs with Caraway Mushroom Cream Sauce

If you’ve enjoyed this recipe and look forward to making it (or have already made it), I’d appreciate if you’d take a moment to give it some feedback by way of stars near the comment section at the end of this post.

A large white bowl filled with German meatballs with caraway mushroom cream sauce, parsley, and a large serving spoon.

Hearty German Meatballs with Caraway Mushroom Cream Sauce

Renee – Kudos Kitchen
Hearty German Meatballs with Caraway Mushroom Cream Sauce is my idea of pure German comfort food. They're easy to make and Wunderbar to eat!!
4.72 from 7 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Main Course, Meatballs
Cuisine German
Servings 6 servings
Calories 715 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • FOR THE MEATBALLS:
  • 2 pounds ground chuck
  • ½ cup finely chopped red onion
  • 1 tablespoon caraway seeds
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons stone-ground mustard
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • FOR THE CREAM SAUCE:
  • 8 ounces sliced mushrooms I used cremini (baby bella)
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 can cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 small red onion thinly sliced (approximately ½ cup)
  • 2 cups beef stock or broth
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons caraway seeds
  • 3/4 cup sour cream or plain Greek yogurt
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • chopped fresh parsley for garnish if desired

Instructions
 

  • TO MAKE THE MEATBALLS:
  • Mix the first 10 meatball ingredients together in a large bowl.
  • Make golf ball size meatballs with the ground beef mixture.
  • Heat a large skillet over medium/high heat. Add the butter and oil and brown the meatballs on all sides. Remove the browned meatballs to a plate.
  • TO MAKE THE SAUCE:
  • Add the mushrooms and onions to the same skillet and saute for 3-4 minutes.
  • Add the beef stock, cream of mushroom soup, apple cider vinegar, caraway seeds, sour cream, and salt and pepper. Stir to combine.
  • Reduce the heat to low and add the meatballs back into the skillet turning them in the sauce coat.
  • Cover the skillet and simmer the meatballs in the sauce for 15 minutes on low.
  • To serve, spoon the sauce over the meatballs and garnish with chopped fresh parsley if desired.
  • Serve the meatballs over egg noodles, rice, or potatoes if desired. Or serve them as you would a meatball sandwich on a hoagie roll.

Notes

Tools and equipment:
large bowl, large skillet with a lid (or aluminum foil to cover), chef’s knife, cutting board, measuring spoons, measuring cups

Nutrition

Serving: 1Calories: 715kcalCarbohydrates: 25gProtein: 35gFat: 53gSaturated Fat: 22gCholesterol: 152mgSodium: 1708mgPotassium: 976mgFiber: 3gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 486IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 135mgIron: 5mg
Keyword German meatballs, German Meatballs with Caraway Mushroom Sauce
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!

I sincerely hope you’ve enjoyed this recipe Hearty German Meatballs with Caraway Mushroom Cream Sauce as much as I’ve enjoyed bringing it to you.

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Recipe Rating




Jackie Bouchard

Wednesday 2nd of December 2020

My mom made these when I was growing up and this recipe blew hers out of the water according to her and I have to agree. Yummy.

Renée

Thursday 3rd of December 2020

LOL. I love this comment! It made me laugh. Thanks so much for the star rating and for writing to let me know how much you like the meatballs, Jackie. I'm so glad. Take good care, Renee

Dar Fresco

Sunday 9th of February 2020

Great recipe! I needed a dish for a Potluck at church, followed your recipe as written, but wanted to make it like a casserole made a little extra cream sauce and some mini pierogies. It was a huge hit, it's definitely a keeper.

Renée

Monday 10th of February 2020

The addition of the pierogies to turn this into a casserole is brilliant, Dar! I only wish I would have thought of it myself. LOL. Anyway, so glad you loved the recipe and made it your own! Happy cooking! Renee

Hannah

Sunday 10th of November 2019

Roughly How many meatballs does this recipe yield?

Renée

Sunday 10th of November 2019

Hi, Hannah! Approximately 16-18 golfball size meatballs. If you make them smaller (appetizer size) then you'll get even more bang for your buck, and they'll cook a tiny bit faster. Hope this helps. Renee

michele

Tuesday 20th of August 2019

I love the change up using heavy cream over the evaporated milk... thats going to add so much lovely richness... and the stoneground mustard? Brilliant!

Renée

Friday 23rd of August 2019

Glad you like the recipe, Michele. It's one of our favorites. Thanks.

Ashley

Monday 19th of August 2019

Made this for dinner and it was a hit. Thanks so much for the great recipe!

Renée

Friday 23rd of August 2019

Glad to hear it, Ashley. Thanks for letting me know!