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Playing Beer-Braised Beef Meatballs


  • 2 slices stale good quality white bread, crusts trimmed
  • 1/2 cup of milk
  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 2 tablespoons drained prepared horseradish
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons EVOO Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 cup amber ale (tangy and sweet) or stout beer (creamy and bitter)
  • 1/2 cup beef stock
For the Sour Cream Dipping Sauce
  • 1 1/2 cups sour cream
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup minced chives
  • Salt and coarse ground black pepper


Serves: 8-10 as an appetizer, 4 as an entre


Heat a cast-iron skillet or large, heavy saucepan over medium-high heat. In a bowl, soak the bread in the milk to soften.

In a large bowl, combine the beef and Worcestershire sauce; season with salt and pepper. Squeeze out the excess liquid from the bread and crumble it into the meat. Mix in the parsley, horseradish, garlic and egg. Roll the meat into 2- to 2 1/2-inch balls.

Add the EVOO to the hot pan, then add the meatballs and cook until browned, about 5 minutes. Add the beer and stock; cover the pan with foil and cook for about 15 minutes, shaking the pan occasionally.

In a small bowl, combine the first 3 dipping sauce ingredients; season with salt and pepper. Serve with the meatballs.