German Frikadellen

For centuries people in Germany and beyond have been enjoying frikadellen. Something between meatballs and hamburgers, this delicacy first rose to prominence in Germany during the 1700s. They are not only eaten in Germany, but also in Poland and throughout Scandinavia.

These meat patties can be eaten like burgers on rolls or like meatballs, usually served with potato salad or a cabbage dish. The flavorful and versatile frikadellen is traditionally also eaten cold on picnics, owing to their convenient shape and size for sandwiches.

1 medium yellow onion, finely chopped
3 slices stale bread
1/4 cup milk
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 pound ground beef (80% lean recommended)
1/2 pound ground pork
1 egg
1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
3/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon prepared dijon mustard
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground mace
1/4 teaspoon ground coriander
4 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1 tablespoon butter
Warm milk for 30 seconds in the microwave. Tear bread into small pieces and then pour the warm milk over them. Allow bread to absorb the milk for 10 minutes and then squeeze out as much of the excess liquid as possible. Discard the milk from this process.
Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a pan and sauté onion pieces until they become translucent. Add garlic and cook one minute more. Remove from heat.
Place onions and garlic in a bowl along with bread, beef, pork, egg, parsley, salt, pepper, yellow mustard, oregano, paprika, ginger, mace, and coriander and stir.