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Awesome Bitterballen Recipe!

Bitterballen are an awesome Dutch snack. Me and my wife are living in the US and we didn’t couldn’t find any similar in the supermarkets. My wife made the bitterballen all by herself, just for my birthday.

Ingredients

It is time consuming, so it is better to start at least 1 day in advance before frying the “bitterballen”. You can create a lot of them and put them in the freezer

Time needed:

Start at least 1 day in advance before you want to eat the bitterballen.

  • 1/2 hour – Prepare the ingredients
  • 3 hours – Boiling bouillon
  • 1 night – Cooling down of the bouillon
  • 10 min- Making Roux – Filling
  • 1/2 hour – Making round balls
  • 4 hours – Freeze the Bitterballen
  • 5 Min – Deep Fry the Bitterballen

To get to the final result, there are three parts of preparation. Each part do have their own ingredients.

Bouillon

  • 1.25 lbs Beef
  • 2 oz Leek
  • 2 oz Carrot
  • 2 oz Onion
  • Fresh Thyme
  • Fresh Rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Pepper

Roux

  • 2 1/2 oz Butter
  • 3 oz Flour
  • 2 Egg Yolks
  • Some mustard
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Parsley

Breading

  • Panko Bread Crumbs
  • 3 Egg white
  • Flour

Step by Step

To have a very nice authentic flavor, start with creating a bouillon.

Put all the ingredients and water in a pan.

Ingredients Bouillon for bitterballen

Boil for at least 3-4 hours on a low fire.

The bouillon

Put the pan a night in the fridge. The next morning filter the soup and remove all vegetable.

Remove the meat and create very small pieces.

Creating the Roux for the filling

The basis of the roux is the bouillon. You only need 2 1/2 cups. The rest you can use to create more bitterballen or a nice soup.

Start by melting the butter. Don’ t put the fire too high. Take care the butter won’t turn brown. Put the flour together with the butter and mix is softly. After 2-3 minutes on a small fire, when it’s a smooth paste, slowly add the bouillon and mix it bit by bit. This is the hardest part. Make sure there are no pieces in it. It should be smooth.

Let it boil for about 3 minutes until everything is ready. It won’t taste any floury anymore.

Before adding the rest of the ingredients, have it cool down.

Now you can add everything together and mix it with a sppon.

Here is the end result of the filling of the bitterbal. If the taste is great, you’re done for now. If not, you still can adjust the flavors in it.

Put it for at least 3 hours in the fridge just to be sure it is cold.

Create some balls of about 1 1/2″ diameter.

Now you can put the ball into the flour, then the egg white and finally in the Panko Bread Crumbs.

Almost Done

Put the bitterballen in the freezer for about an hour.

Froozen bitterballen.

When the bitterballen are frozen, you can fry them in a deep fryer pan at 350 fahrenheir.

Becareful when you eat them. It can be really hot inside. This is how the end result should look like.

Bitterbal with the inside.
The inside of an awesome deep fried bitterbal

About 5 bitterballen with mustard is enough for 1 persons. So if you have a party with 30 peopel, have fun creating the 150 bitterballen 🙂

Final result bitterballen with mustard.

You can eat the bitterballen with mustard.

Enjoy the bitterballen. I really really really really really did 🙂


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  1. Jeff Drury

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