Meatballs in Creamy Dill Sauce from Family Circle Magazine, March 2013

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 This of this meal as stroganoff, but more fun. Large, beefy meatballs are cooked in a delicious, creamy dill sauce and served over egg noodles.

Yesterday was Dudette-room-cleaning day. The process would have been a lot easier if we had rented a back hoe and dumpster, but being the frugal sorts, we just went at it layer by layer.

You see, this room cleaning thing is a bit like an archaeological dig. The findings range from trash to treasure.

There are, of course clothes. The dirty ones are no-brainers since they’re heaped in obvious I-just-took-this-off-and-dropped-it-wherever piles. They go in the laundry basket. The clean ones take a bit more discernment. The ones that are still folded have been reviewed and rejected as possible attire for the day. They get returned to their proper drawer.

But, there are clothes that are lying on the ground, aren’t folded and could be clean. They could also be dirty. The only way to tell is by giving them a sniff. I really hate the sniff check. We may have a beautiful little girl, but she’s six and she can get pretty stinky, as can the stuff she plays in.

Sometimes the sniff check kicks in the gag reflex. It’s the price we pay as parents.

The majority of the stuff on Dudette’s bedroom floor, however, is the fault of fast food restaurants. It’s the reason that our kiddo is still hungry after a meal at one of those places. It’s the cheap, breaks-five-minutes-after-you-get-it toy.

I know, I know. All kids want cheap toys. When I was a kid I wanted them. Heck, I used to eat an entire box of cereal I didn’t like just to get to the free plastic glow-in-the-dark monster inside. I get it.

But did those toys multiply and create cheap, plastic toy babies at record rates like Dudette’s seem to be doing? I don’t think so.

Most of the time I try for a quick sweep and toy clean-out of the lady’s room while she’s at school so I can toss a handful away at a time. When she’s with me, I don’t get away with that.

Unfortunately, no matter what way these toys disappear, sometimes they stick with me. Ever since seeing this recipe in Family Circle, the words, ‘The meatballs says no,’ have been going round and round in my head as the result of a silly McDonalds meatball toy that was apparently from iCarly.

I dislike both of them for doing that to me, just so you know.

The Process

Easy. That’s the best way I can describe the process. Easy and non-greasy. Even though I was a little concerned about the fact that the meatballs weren’t cooked in a skillet beforehand, I was glad to get away without having to clean grease spatters off the stove.

After the meat is mixed with stuff, 16 meatballs are formed and set aside to wait. See; easy. Oh, don’t forget to get the pasta cooking too.

At this point I have to admit that I departed from the directions a bit. The cooking spray wasn’t enough to keep my onions from burning while they cooked so I added a touch of oil. It wasn’t much, just as if I had sprayed a long, long time.

I also didn’t use canned mushrooms because I’m supposed to cut back on salt and we all know how much salt is added in the canning process. Instead, I sauteed my fresh mushrooms with the onions until soft.

Finally, I didn’t add the flour to the milk, but instead sprinkled it over the onions and mushrooms, stirred until they were coated. Then I whisked in my milk. I had a lump-less sauce as a result.

I added my meatballs and seasoning, let it all simmer until the beef was cooked, and then stirred in the sour cream and dill (I had to use dried since I couldn’t find fresh) off heat and was ready to serve.

The Verdict

Hubby’s first words after taking a bite were, ‘I can tell you right now that you didn’t make enough of this.’ Dudette agreed wholeheartedly. As did I.  This is absolutely, freakin’ delicious.  I mean really much so.

This recipe doesn’t make four servings. It barely makes three. There wasn’t a thing about it that wasn’t delicious. Dudette was even sucking the sauce off the meatballs before eating them.

What I’d Do Different Next Time

I’d double the batch.

Meatballs in Creamy Dill Sauce from Family Circle Magazine, March 2013
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Recipe type: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Serves: 4
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 egg
  • ⅓ cup bread crumbs
  • ¼ cup fat-free milk
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 medium onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 cups reduced-sodium beef broth
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 4 ounce can sliced mushrooms, drained
  • ¼ cup reduced-fat sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons snipped fresh dill
  • 6 ounces egg noodles, cooked following pkg directions
  • Steamed broccoli (optional)
  1. In a large bowl, combine ground beef, egg, bread crumbs, milk and ¼ tsp each of the salt and pepper. Form into 16 meatballs.
  2. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat; coat with nonstick cooking spray. Add onion and cook 2 minutes. Combine broth and flour; add to skillet. Bring to a simmer. Add mushrooms, meatballs and remaining ¼ tsp each salt and pepper. Cook 12 minutes, turning meatballs once, until temperature reaches 160 degrees . Stir in sour cream and dill off heat.
  3. Serve with noodles and, if desired, steamed broccoli.


What I really like about this dish is that it’s beef stroganoff that I can make with ground beef, which I usually have on hand. Because they’re not sautéed beforehand, the meatballs were so tender. They held together well, but when cut with a fork they fell apart beautifully. Will I make this again?

The meatball says yes.


17 thoughts on “Meatballs in Creamy Dill Sauce from Family Circle Magazine, March 2013

  • November 5, 2013 at 8:15 am

    I got this recipe out of the Family Circle magazine then googled it after making it to see if I could find it already typed out to share with friends. This was DELICIOUS. We devoured it and my husband, who is usually non committal about meals said he wants me to make this again this week. It almost tastes butter, but with no butter in it. Definitely a winner in this household.

    • November 5, 2013 at 1:47 pm

      Oh, thanks for reminding me of this dish! We loved it too and I promised the family that I would make it again. Now here I am 8 months later and done it yet. You're right; it's very creamy and buttery.

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  • April 25, 2013 at 8:54 pm

    We made these tonight. My sauce was a little runny, but I think that's because I cooked it with the lid on for a while so the meatballs would cook faster. Still really yummy!

    • April 26, 2013 at 7:53 am

      It would make sense that the sauce wouldn't reduce down at all with the lid on, but since it didn't change the flavor, who cares, right? :)

  • March 6, 2013 at 10:53 pm

    made these yesterday (the comment about sauce being licked off drew me in). so yummy. i made it with fresh mushrooms as well, and added a little nutmeg to the sauce and one tiny garlic clove to the meat mixture. will definitely make again!

    • April 26, 2013 at 7:52 am

      Sorry I didn't get back to you on making this….the garlic clove sounds like an amazing addition. When you mentioned nutmeg, it reminded me of making moussaka. We add nutmeg to the bechamel in that. :)

  • March 5, 2013 at 7:32 pm

    Thanks! That's helpful – the kind of forethinking that wouldn't occur to me until after I'd put the milk in :)

  • March 5, 2013 at 8:37 am

    I usually try to substitute ground turkey for ground beef; sometimes it's successful and the meat will hold together, sometimes not. What would be your vote on whether ground turkey would work here?

    • March 5, 2013 at 9:31 am

      Hey Lyn. I think it would work, but I'd leave out the quarter cup of milk. The turkey's already mushy enough. I think the egg and breadcrumbs would be enough to hold it together, but the milk would make it all fall apart. I hope that helps.

  • March 4, 2013 at 10:05 pm

    Oh, I love these reviews from Dudette…so forthright! And as a huge meatball lover, these may go on our menu very soon…especially with 3 sets of thumbs up!

  • March 4, 2013 at 6:30 pm

    I love what your hubby said… You didn't make enough. :) Now that's a compliment. Hey.. you know I'm a big time meatball fanatic… this looks creamy and delicious. :)

  • March 4, 2013 at 11:10 am

    Dried dill does the best job as compared to fresh of any of the herbs, do you agree? Basil, tarragon, oregano are just not as tasty. It does look like a Stroganoff sauce which is always yummy.

    • March 4, 2013 at 11:57 am

      You know, I don't think I've ever thought about it before you 'said' that, but it's true. Dried dill tops fresh when it's cooked into food, like with this sauce. With something like tzatziki (or however it's spelled), it needs to be fresh, but yeah, you're right.

  • March 4, 2013 at 9:30 am

    Wish I had a reviewer like yours! So darn cute, you can tell she takes her job quite seriously, well, not the cleaning-up-the-room job :) My son always kept a pristine room but if you looked behind ANYTHING in his room it was STUFFED with clothes, toys, papers, everything. It sure looked good from a distance thought :)


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