Königsberger Klopse – German Meatballs with a Caper Cream Sauce


Königsberger Klopse are meatballs originated in the Prussian city Königsberg, which became part of Poland and now Russia after World War 2. This meatball dish is now a popular dish all across Germany.

Ingredients/Serves 4

Meatballs (Klopse):

  • 400 g                     minced beef
  • 1 medium               onion (about 150 g), peeled and finely diced
  • 2                            eggs
  • 4 Tbsp                   breadcrumbs
  • 1 tsp                      salt,
  • 1 tsp                      pepper
  • 1 Tbsp                   mustard


  • 1000 ml         vegetable broth
  • 1 medium-    sized onion, peeled and finely diced
  • 1                      bay leaf
  • 3                     peppercorns

Caper Cream Sauce:

  • 3 Tbsp         butter
  • 2 Tbsp         flour
  • juice of        half a lemon
  • sugar           to taste
  • 375 ml         broth from cooking the Klopse
  • 125 ml         cream
  • 2-3 Tbsp     capers
  • parsley, for garnish


  Meatballs (Klopse):

  1. In a large bowl, combine minced meat, onion, eggs, salt and pepper, mustard and knead until you achieve a smooth, homogenous mixture.
  2. Add the breadcrumbs and knead again.
  3. Form meatballs (golf ball size) with the dough.


  1. In a medium sized pot, combine broth, onion, and spices. Bring to a boil and add salt as needed.
  2. Add the meatballs and let simmer for 15 minutes.
  3. Remove the meatballs in a bowl and cover with foil to keep warm.

 Caper Cream Sauce:

  1. Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat.
  2. Gently whisk in flour.
  3. Whisk in the 375 ml broth, starting with a small amount and gradually adding in the rest. Add drained capers and cream and be careful not to let the sauce come back to a boil. Season to taste with lemon juice, sugar, salt and pepper.
  4. Add the meatballs to the sauce and garnish with parsley.
  5. Serve with baby boiled potatoes (Salz-Kartoffeln), and vegetable or Beetroot Salad.
  6. Garnish with chopped parsley.
  7. Guten Appetit!



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