Sauerbraten Klopse (Sauerbraten Meatballs)

Course : German
Serves: 4
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1 pound ground beef -- lean
1/4 cup milk
1/4 cup bread crumbs -- dry
1/8 teaspoon cloves ground
1/8 teaspoon allspice -- ground
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper -- to taste
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1/2 cup vinegar
3/4 teaspoon ginger -- ground
1 piece bay leaf
4 tablespoons sugar -- brown
2 tablespoons unbleached flour

Preparation / Directions:

Mix beef, milk, crumbs, cloves, allspice, salt and pepper. Form into meatballs. Brown meatballs in hot oil. Drain off fat. Add 1 cup water, vinegar, ginger, bay leaf, and brown sugar. Cover and simmer 1/2 hour. Skim off fat. Remove meatballs and keep them warm. Mix flour and 2 T water. Slowly stir into the pan juices to make gravy. Pour gravy over meatballs. Serve with buttered noodles.

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