If you do a search for frikadel or Frikadelle or Frikadeller, it is surprisingly of unknown origins. The Frikadelle is a very popular comfort food for the Afrikaans people of South African origin.
This year (2022) has been the year that I finally made frikadels that my husband loves. Those I had made following South African cookbooks in the past had not made the pass. So I am happy to pass along this recipe to share, be it of a South African, Dutch, French or Scandinavian origin.
I have used this same recipe for beef patties as well as meatballs. Freezes well too.
600g mince beef
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 onion, chopped finely
2 tablespoon tomato paste
1/2 teaspoon allspice
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 teaspoon mustard
1 tablespoon cornflour/cornstarch
4 tablespoon breadcrumbs
- Mix all the ingredients together with your hands. Mash everything till it comes together.
- If making burger patties, separate the meat mixture into 8 portions before flattening.
- If making meatballs, you can use a tablespoonful or more of the meat mixture to shape into a ball.
- Place patties or meatballs on baking/parchment paper on a tray or plate. Refrigerate or freeze before cooking.
NOTE: If freezing, do pack the frozen patties or meatballs in ziplock bags. These will be good in the freezer for up to 6 months.