Konigsberger Klopse (Konigsberg Meatballs)

Course : German
Serves: 4
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1 piece hard roll
3/4 cup water
1 pound ground beef -- lean
1 slices bacon strip -- diced
4 fillets anchovy fillets -- diced
1 small Onion chopped
1 large egg
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper -- white
6 cups water
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 piece bay leaf
1 small Onion peeled, halved
6 piece peppercorns
1 1/2 tablespoons butter or margarine
1 1/2 tablespoons unbleached flour
1 tablespoon capers
1 tablespoons lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon mustard -- prepared
1 large egg yolk
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper -- white

Preparation / Directions:

Meatballs: Soak the roll in the water for about 10 minutes. Squeeze it dry; place in mixing bowl with the ground beef. Add the bacon, anchovy fillets, onion, egg, salt and pepper. Mix thoroughly. Prepare broth by boiling the water, seasoned with salt, bay leaf, onion, and peppercorns. Shape the meat mixture into balls about 2 inches in diameter. Add to the boiling broth and simmer over low heat for 20 minutes. Remove meatballs with a slotted spoon, set aside, and keep warm. Gravy: To prepare gravy, heat butter in a frying pan and stir in flour. Cook for 3 minutes, stirring constantly. Slowly blend in 2 cups of reserved broth. Add the drained capers, lemon juice, and mustard. Simmer for 5 minutes. Remove a small amount of the sauce to blend with the egg yolk. Stir egg yolk back into the sauce. Season with salt and pepper. To Serve: Place reserved meatballs into the gravy and reheat if necessary. Serve on a preheated platter.

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