Denmark,  Meatballs,  Side Dishes

Frikadeller med rødkål&brune kartofler – Meatballs with red cabbage&browned potatoes

All the Nordic countries love their twists on meatballs so this week is dedicated to four ways to make just that.

To start it off, we have these delicious Danish  frikadeller! Well worth a try, especially with these delicious side dishes to boot! 

Yield: 6 servings

Frikadeller med rødkål og brune kartofler - Meatballs with red cabbage and caramelized potatoes

Frikadeller med rødkål og brune kartofler - Meatballs with red cabbage and caramelized potatoes

Delicious Danish meatballs with red cabbage and caramelized potatoes, a classic from the Danish kitchen!

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes



  • 600 grams / 1.3 pounds ground meat - mix of veal and pork.
  • 1 yellow onion.
  • 1 egg.
  • 4 tablespoons all purpose flour.
  • 4 tablespoons milk.
  • Salt & Pepper.
  • Olive oil.

Red cabbage

  • 1 fresh red cabbage.
  • 4 shallot onions.
  • 1 tablespoon rapeseed oil.
  • 2 apples.
  • 2 sticks of cinnamon.
  • 2 sticks of vanilla.
  • 1 tablespoon sugar.
  • ½ dl / 1.7 ounces cognac.
  • ½ dl / 1.7 ounces vinegar.
  • 1 orange.
  • 50 grams / 1.8 ounces sun-dried cranberries.
  • 2 tablespoons currant jelly.
  • 100 grams / 3.5 ounces fresh blueberries.
  • Honey to taste.

Caramelized potatoes

  • 900 grams / 2 pounds potatoes.
  • 100 grams / 3.5 ounces sugar.
  • 2 tablespoons butter.
  • ½ teaspoon salt.


Steps for meatballs:

  1. Stir the minced meat with salt, grated onion, egg, flour, milk and season with pepper.
  2. Form meatballs and fry them in oil, first on medium-high heat, finished on medium heat.

Steps for red cabbage:

  1. Cut or slice the red cabbage and onion into fine slices.
  2. Heat the oil in a pan and fry the onions until soft and shiny.
  3. Add the red cabbage and turn well, sprinkle with a little salt.
  4. Cut the apple into cubes and add it together with cinnamon, vanilla bean and empty stick. (Aka scrape out the bean, but also put in the stick)
  5. Add sugar, cognac, vinegar, grated peel and juice from the orange.
  6. Let the cabbage simmer for 10 minutes.
  7. Add cranberries, redcurrant jelly and blueberries and stir well and heat well for a few minutes. Season the cabbage with salt and pepper. If the cabbage lacks sweetness, use honey, it sweetens and gives the cabbage a nice taste.

Steps for caramelized potatoes:

  1. Cook the potatoes for approx. 12 minutes, in lightly salted water. Make sure they are cooked perfectly, in no way too much and not too little. 
  2. Drain the water from the potatoes and peel them.
  3. Put the sugar in a large pan. 
  4. When the sugar starts to melt around the edge, add butter and ½ teaspoon salt. Stir well so it becomes smooth.
  5. Turn down the heat, rinse the potatoes in cold water and put them in the pan. Turn the potatoes into the caramel and let them brown for approx. 5 minutes.


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Nutrition Information:

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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 661Total Fat: 5gCarbohydrates: 14gProtein: 5g

If you try this recipe, I’d love to hear what you think! 

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