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Danish Meatballs in Curry - (Boller i Karry)

Boller i Karry

This great tasting traditional Danish recipe is very popular amongst Danes of all ages. Do not be concerned if you are not a fan of spicy food. This is a very mildly spiced dish, and many Danish children happily call this their favorite food. This is not a recipe you want to miss out on. Chances are it could end up making a regular appearance in your families meal plan.

Serves 4

INGREDIENTS:

Meatballs:

  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs or 2 tablespoon flour
  • 2 finely chopped onions
  • 1 egg
  • 3 garlic gloves
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Curry Sauce

  • 2 tablespoons Danish butter
  • 2 heaping tablespoons yellow curry (use a mild curry if you are at all concerned about it being too spicy)
  • 1 large chopped onion
  • 1 large chopped leek
  • 5 tablespoons flour
  • 3,5 ounces cream 35%
  • chopped fresh parsley (just enough for a light sprinkling just prior to serving)
  • 4 cups Beef stock

PREPERATION:

Meatballs:

  • Mix Breadcrumbs or flour, egg, onions, garlic salt and pepper go into a big bowl.
  • *Be sure to mix it well*
  • Add ground pork and mix it well again
  • Leave the mixture in the fridge for 1 hour
  • Make meatballs with a tablespoon, and place in boiling water with the beef stock.
  • Boil for 5-10 minutes, depending on the size of the meatballs
  • Take meatballs out of the water, but keep the water (you will need it for the Curry Sauce)

Curry Sauce:

  • Melt butter in a pot
  • Add curry and brown it for a couple of minutes
  • Add onions and leek and brown it for a couple of minutes
  • Add flour and mix well
  • Add water from meatballs a little bit at the time, until the sauce thickens.
  • Add cream and meatballs
  • Let it simmer for 12 min.

Serve with boiled rice, and sprinkled with parsley on top. Enjoy!


Bolle i karry is a traditional favorite for many Danes and is certainly not served as much as it once was.

Denmark's approach to food and diet has changed radically over the last 30-40 years. Naturally the majority of older Danes stick with the traditional high fat diet. However, younger generations have moved strongly towards a light healthier diet. Modern Danish cooking has been influenced heavily by France, Spain and Italy.

Here is an interesting article from a Danish website describing 'What is a healthy modern diet?' (In Danish) 

This website also contains many modern healthy Danish recipes.

LastUpdate: 2015-04-21 09:26:39