Hungarian Meatballs
Hungarian Veal Meatballs

Hungarian Meatballs

These Hungarian Meatballs are an absolute flavor explosion, perfect for any occasion. This recipe even features a special bonus recipe for a savory homemade red sauce that's the perfect compliment. Pair these meatballs with your favorite pasta or eat them all on their own. They are hearty, nutritious, and most importantly super delicious.
Don’t forget about the traditional meatball sub recipe either, these could easily be served up on a hoagie roll with some cheese on top. Perfect comfort food for anytime of the year. Everyone loves a good saucy recipe, so they are great as a party pleaser too. Don’t forget to heat your oil to about 330ºF before you begin with the cooking.  This great recipe was developed by Kimberly Killebrew at The Daring Gourmet. We have more great meatball recipes for you to try, check them out!

Prep Time:
15 minutes

Cook Time:
30 minutes

Total Time:
45 minutes



For the Meatballs:

  • 1 pound ground veal
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup plain breadcrumbs
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chopped parsley
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chopped dill
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon sweet Hungarian paprika
  • 2 tablespoons oil for frying

For the Sauce:

  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 8 ounces mushrooms, sliced
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 4 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 1 cup cream or milk
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons sweet Hungarian paprika
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons fresh chopped dill
  • 1/2 cup sour cream


  1. Place all the meatball ingredients in a medium-sized bowl and knead to thoroughly combine. Shape the mixture into 1-inch balls or whatever size you prefer.

  2. Heat some oil in a skillet and once hot add the meatballs, browning on all sides. Transfer the meatballs to a plate and discard all but a tablespoon or so of grease.

  3. Add the onions to the skillet and fry until translucent and golden brown. Add the garlic and fry for another minute (don’t fry garlic too long or it becomes bitter). Add the mushrooms and fry until they’ve released their juices and they’re mostly evaporated. Transfer the mushroom mixture to a bowl and set aside.

  4. Add the butter to the skillet and melt it. Add the flour and whisk until dissolved. Continue whisking vigorously for another minute or two until the flour mixture is a deep golden brown. (We’re creating what’s called a roux, a French term and the grand secret for creating an irresistibly rich and flavorful sauce.)

  5. Pour in the hot broth while continually whisking to prevent clumping. Continue to whisk while bringing the mixture to a simmer. Add the cream and whisk until combined. Continue to simmer for another minute or so until the sauce is thickened. Return the mushroom mixture to the sauce and add the pepper, salt and paprika. Stir in the sour cream and dill.

  6. Return the meatballs to the sauce, stirring to coat them, and simmer covered for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

  7. Serve immediately over hot buttered egg noodles, Spätzle, potatoes or rice along with a cool cucumber or leafy green salad and some rustic crusty bread. Garnish with some chopped fresh dill if desired.

Chef’s Tip: *An important key to achieving a crispy crust is to make sure the oil is hot enough – but not too hot. You don’t want the coating to burn before the meat is done. Conversely, if the oil isn’t hot enough the coating will be on the soggy side because more oil will penetrate the crust. Having the oil the right temperature will result in a drier, less oily, crispier crust and a meat interior that is tender and juicy. The oil should be around 330ºF.

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