Sauerbraten Meatballs

2 pounds ground beef
1/2 cup chopped onion
3/4 cup dried bread crumbs
3 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
2 eggs
1/2 cup milk
2 tablespoons oil
2 cups water
2/3 cup red wine vinegar
1 cup sliced onions
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon whole black pepper
1/2 teaspoon dried tarragon
1 bay leaf
9 whole cloves
1 teaspoon mustard seed
2 tablespoons flour
1/4 cup water
1/2 cup sour cream

Mix beef, chopped onion, crumbs, 2 teaspoons salt, pepper, eggs and milk. Shape into 1-inch balls. Sauté in oil in Dutch oven until brown on all sides. Mix water, vinegar, sliced onions, 1 1/2 teaspoon salt and brown sugar. Add to meat. Make a bag from cheesecloth; fill with whole pepper, tarragon, bay leave, cloves and mustard seed. Tie bag securely with a string; place in pot, cover and simmer 30 minutes. Remove bag with spices. Cool and freeze in plastic freezer containers. Serving day: Place in a 350° oven for 45 minutes or until heated through. Make a paste of flour and 1/4 cup water; add to sauce, stirring until slightly thickened. Stir in sour cream and heat through, being careful not to boil.

Serves:6 to 8
Preparation time: 1 1/4 HR

Approximate calories per serving… 365

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©1973 Curtin Publications, Inc., New York, N.Y. Printed in U.S.A.

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