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Sweet and Sour Frikadelle with Apples and Raisins Recipe

Ingredients with Measurements:
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
- 1 egg
- 1/4 cup milk
- 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
- 1/4 cup finely chopped apple
- 1/4 cup raisins
- 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup ketchup
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

Special Equipment Needed:
- Large mixing bowl
- Large skillet with lid

Step-by-Step Instructions:
1. In a large mixing bowl, combine ground beef, breadcrumbs, egg, milk, onion, apple, raisins, salt, and black pepper. Mix well.
2. Shape the mixture into 8-10 meatballs.
3. Heat vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
4. Add the meatballs to the skillet and cook until browned on all sides, about 8-10 minutes.
5. In a small bowl, whisk together apple cider vinegar, brown sugar, ketchup, and Worcestershire sauce.
6. Pour the sauce over the meatballs and stir gently to coat.
7. Reduce heat to low, cover the skillet with a lid, and simmer for 15-20 minutes, or until the meatballs are cooked through and the sauce has thickened.
8. Serve hot with additional sauce spooned over the top.

- Time:
Preparation time: 20 minutes
- Cooking time: 30 minutes
- Medium heat for cooking meatballs
- Low heat for simmering with sauce
Serving size:
- 4-5 servings

Nutritional information:
- Calories per serving: 420
- Total fat: 22g
- Saturated fat: 7g
- Cholesterol: 110mg
- Sodium: 880mg
- Total carbohydrates: 30g
- Dietary fiber: 1g
- Sugars: 23g
- Protein: 26g

Substitutions for ingredients:
- Ground pork or turkey can be substituted for ground beef.
- Panko breadcrumbs can be used instead of regular breadcrumbs.
- Red onion can be used instead of yellow onion.
- Dried cranberries can be used instead of raisins.

- Add chopped bell pepper or carrots to the meatball mixture for added flavor and nutrition.
- Use pineapple juice instead of apple cider vinegar for a tropical twist.
- Serve over rice or noodles instead of alone.

Tips and Tricks:
- Make sure to cook the meatballs thoroughly before adding the sauce.
- Stir the sauce gently to avoid breaking up the meatballs.
- Double the sauce recipe for extra flavor.

Storage Instructions:
- Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Reheating Instructions:
- Reheat in the microwave or on the stovetop until heated through.

Presentation Ideas:
- Serve on a bed of rice or noodles for a colorful presentation.
- Garnish with chopped parsley or green onions.

- Chopped parsley or green onions

- Serve with a side of steamed vegetables or a salad.

Suggested Side Dishes:
- Steamed broccoli
- Roasted carrots
- Green salad

Troubleshooting Advice:
- If the sauce is too thin, simmer uncovered for a few minutes to thicken.
- If the meatballs are falling apart, add more breadcrumbs to the mixture.

Food Safety Advice:
- Make sure to cook the meatballs to an internal temperature of 160°F to ensure they are safe to eat.

Food History:
- Frikadelle is a traditional Danish meatball dish that is typically served with potatoes and gravy.

Flavor Profiles:
- Sweet and sour with a hint of apple and raisin.

Serving Suggestions:
- Serve hot with additional sauce spooned over the top.

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Region: German

Taste: Sweet, Sour, Fruity, Savory