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Comforting Polish meatballs in mushroom sauce, soft and delicious pulpety served in a delicious gravy.

Polish Meatballs with Mushroom Sour Cream Gravy

These Polish meatballs or pulpety are simmered in the sauce instead of being fried. The result? An incredibly comforting dish, perfect for cold autumn nights.

Are you in the mood for a really comforting winter dish, something to warm you up from inside and make you feel satisfied and at peace? Try these delicious meatballs in mushroom sauce or any other meatball dish you might find here, something like this Vegetable Meatball Soup or these other Polish Meatballs with Mushrooms, the Zucchini Meatballs or Königsberger Klopse.

Anything with meatballs is a winner for me, I love them dearly, they are so delicate yet hearty, so comforting, so easy to change according to the mood and ingredients you happen to have, just perfect.

Like most meatball recipes, today’s Polish meatballs are very easy as well. The best thing about it is that this time you don’t even have to fry or bake the meatballs, they get simmered in the broth, which will be used to make that delicious mushroom sauce later on.

Polish Meatballs with Mushroom Sour Cream Gravy

More or less a one-pot dish, that will be on the table in a relatively short time and which is bound to make anybody happy. My kids loved this dish as well, despite all the evil mushrooms, which they diligently removed from their plates before they started eating.

How to serve pulpety?

  • You can serve this dish with boiled potatoes or with noodles, the way we had it in Poland.
  • And don’t forget the gherkins or other pickled vegetables.
Polish Meatballs with Mushroom Sour Cream Gravy

Other comforting mushroom dishes:

Roasted Buckwheat with Mushrooms and Onions – Polish Kasha

Quick Fricassee with Leftover Turkey and Mushrooms

Creamy Mushrooms Soup with Cream Cheese

Easy and Delicious Mushroom Stew with Herbs

Vegan Soy Granules Vegetable Stew with Wine

Polish Meatballs with Mushroom Sour Cream Gravy
polish meatballs simmered in a cast-iron skillet with mushrooms

Polish Meatballs in Mushroom Sauce

Comforting Polish meatballs in mushroom sauce, soft and delicious pulpety served in a delicious gravy.
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Course: Meat Recipes
Cuisine: Polish
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 4
Calories: 551kcal
Author: Adina


  • 2 onions divided
  • 2 tablespoons butter divided
  • 500 g/ 1.1 lbs ground meat half pork half beef
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 25 g/ 0.9 oz/ ¼ cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon mustard
  • a pinch of thyme or marjoram
  • 750 ml/ 2 ½ cups chicken or beef stock
  • 450 g/ 1 lbs mushrooms
  • 1 tablespoon corn starch
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream Note
  • fine sea salt and pepper
  • chives


  • Saute 1 chopped onion in 1 tablespoon butter. Transfer the onion to a bowl. Add the ground meat, grated garlic cloves, breadcrumbs, egg, mustard, thyme or marjoram, ¾ teaspoon salt, and some pepper to the onions in the bowl. Mix well with your hand. Form 15 meatballs. Wet your hands a few times in between, it will be much easier to form the balls.
  • Pour the stock/broth in a larger saucepan or a deeper skillet. Bring to a boil, turn the heat down, add the meatballs, cover, and simmer for 15 minutes or until the meatballs are cooked through. Remove the meatballs with a slotted spoon and keep them warm. Strain the liquid into another pot.
  • Wipe the saucepan or the skillet with kitchen paper. Melt the remaining tablespoon butter and fry the second chopped onion for about 3 minutes.
  • In the meantime clean the mushrooms with kitchen paper and slice them. Add them to the pan and continue cooking for 3 minutes.
  • Add about ½ cup of the reserved meatball broth, cover, and cook for about 5 minutes on low heat, until the stock reduces. Add the remaining stock and bring to a boil.
  • In a small bowl mix together the corn starch and a little water. Add the mixture to the gravy while whisking all the time to prevent the formation of clumps. Simmer for a couple of minutes until the sauce thickens slightly. If too thick, add a bit more water or broth.
  • Whisk in the sour cream, adjust the taste with salt and pepper and add the meatballs to the pot as well. Cover and heat through.
  • Sprinkle with chopped chives and serve with boiled potatoes or noodles and with gherkins or other pickled vegetables.


Or smetana or creme fraiche.


Serving: 1/4 of the dish | Calories: 551kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 43g | Fat: 33g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 15g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 180mg | Sodium: 904mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 7g
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Sunday 31st of January 2021

Cant wait to make (soon) Polish Meatball Stroganoff MMMM


Sunday 31st of January 2021

Let me know if you liked it! ?


Friday 27th of April 2018

A fabulous recipe however I used different ingredients instead of meat. I used boiled buckwheat instead of meat and combined the lightly fried veggies (onions, garlic and mushrooms) and rest of the condiments in a food processor. I added the breadcrumbs and egg to make the buckwheat mush able to be rolled into ‘meatballs’. They were then put into boil as your recipe suggests (but for less time because all of the mush was already cooked). Took out the balls, put the in the oven to firm up and keep warm while I made the gravy. We ate the balls with cumin kraut and tabouleh. Very interesting dish. Thank you Merche


Friday 27th of April 2018

Sounds like a great vegetarian alternative!


Friday 27th of April 2018

Sound like a great vegetarian alternative!


Monday 5th of February 2018

What a lovely dish! And the meatballs look so cute! The sauce reminds me of my mum's cuisine...


Tuesday 6th of February 2018

It was a lovely dish, my husband filled his plate three times, but we all go crazy for anything with meatballs in it.


Tuesday 30th of January 2018

Great recipe! Sour cream gravy, so good! Thank you and greetings.


Thursday 1st of February 2018

Hi Cecilia. Thank you.