How to Make Creamy Mushroom Bitterballen
- 1 cup of mushrooms, finely chopped
- 2 tablespoons of butter
- 1/2 cup of all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup of heavy cream
- 1 cup of beef or vegetable broth
- 1/4 teaspoon of salt
- 1/4 teaspoon of black pepper
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 1 1/2 cups of breadcrumbs
- Vegetable oil for frying
- Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the mushrooms and sauté until tender.
- Reduce the heat to low and add the flour. Stir constantly until the mixture thickens.
- Add the heavy cream and broth, stirring constantly until the mixture is smooth.
- Season with salt and black pepper and continue to cook until the mixture is thick and creamy. Remove from heat and let it cool.
- Using your hands, shape the mixture into small balls (about the size of a ping pong ball).
- Dip the balls in the beaten egg and then coat with breadcrumbs. Repeat until all the mixture is used.
- Heat vegetable oil in a large pot over medium heat until it reaches 350°F.
- Deep fry the bitterballen in batches until they are golden brown, about 3-4 minutes per batch.
- Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels.
- Enjoy warm with your favorite dipping sauce!
About Creamy Mushroom Bitterballen
Creamy Mushroom Bitterballen is a delicious Dutch snack made from a mixture of creamy mushroom and beef or vegetable broth that is coated with breadcrumbs and deep fried until crispy and golden brown. This traditional Dutch dish is often served as an appetizer or as a snack with drinks.
The word “bitterballen” comes from the Dutch word “bitter”, meaning “bitter”, and “ballen”, meaning “balls”. It is said that the dish originated in the 19th century when French chefs were employed by Dutch royalty to create new dishes.
One of the tricks to making the perfect Creamy Mushroom Bitterballen is to ensure that the mixture is thick and creamy. This is achieved by stirring constantly and adding the broth slowly while cooking. Another trick is to let the mixture cool first before shaping it into balls to prevent the balls from falling apart while frying.
Creamy Mushroom Bitterballen can also be customized by adding different ingredients such as cheese or meat. It can also be served with different dipping sauces to complement its rich and creamy taste.