Comforting Polish meatballs in mushroom sauce, soft and delicious pulpety served in a delicious 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.
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.
Other comforting mushroom dishes:
Polish Meatballs in Mushroom Sauce
- 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
- 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.