Beer-Braised Beef Meatballs

BYOB…Bring your own ‘balls as your hostess gift to your next gathering; or serve at home as an appealing appetizer.


  • 2 slices stale good-quality white bread, crusts trimmed
  • 1/2 cup of milk
  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/4 cup flat leaf parsley, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons prepared horseradish, drained
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)
  • 1 cup amber ale (tangy and sweet) or stout beer (creamy and bitter)
  • 1/2 cup beef stock

For the dipping sauce:

  • 1 1/2 cups sour cream
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup chives, minced
  • Salt and coarsely ground black pepper


Heat a cast iron skillet or a large, heavy saucepan over medium-high heat. In a bowl, soak the bread in the milk to soften.

In a large bowl, combine the beef and Worcestershire sauce; season with salt and pepper. Squeeze out the excess liquid from the bread and crumble it into the meat. Mix in the parsley, horseradish, garlic and egg. Roll the meat into 2- to 2 1/2-inch balls.

Add the EVOO to the hot pan, then add the meatballs and cook until browned, about 5 minutes. Add the beer and stock; cover the pan with foil and cook for about 15 minutes, shaking the pan occasionally.

In a small bowl, combine the first three dipping sauce ingredients; season with salt and pepper. Serve with the meatballs.

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