A plate of Polish meatballs, complete with creamy dill sauce and tender mashed potatoes, is the perfect quick-yet-satisfying dinner that’ll please everyone.
These ‘Pulpety’ meatballs – unlike their Italian or Swedish counterparts – aren’t fried. Instead, they’re boiled in stock (vegetable or meat-based), which is later transformed into the sauce. Kid’s favourite!
For the full list of ingredients & detailed instructions, please see the recipe card at the end of this post. But before you scroll, there’s important stuff to know below.
I ate a fair share of Pulpety in Dill Sauce in my life, mostly at school canteens and at babcia’s home. It’s one of those dishes that even an extreme fussy eater – such as myself back in the day – would enjoy.
These Polish-style meatballs came out great the very first time I made them. And – they tasted much, much better than the ones I had in the past. Fragrant, soft and fluffy – yet dense enough to keep their round shape.
Pulpety Meatballs in Dill Sauce have that nostalgic quality about them, an old-school vibe of the previous (communist) era. If you would like to try more dishes from that time, try one of these:
Do you need any special ingredients to make these Polish Meatballs?
This recipe is really easy to make and you don’t need any special ingredients. To make this dish, you’ll need some ground / minced pork, a stale bread roll, one onion, an egg and a lot of fresh dill.
You can swap the pork for another type of meat, minced chicken or turkey would make a fine substitute. I often replace a regular bread roll with two slices of stale ‘chałka’ (challah-style sweet bread), to add a little bit of sweetness. A brioche would work great too.
What should you serve with these Pulpety Meatballs?
Pulpety are usually served with potatoes (mashed, roasted or simply boiled and topped with melted butter). You could also serve them over kopytka potato dumplings, cooked buckwheat or other grains of your choice.
For a faster weeknight version, you’ll love these Pulpety over pasta or rice. If you’re limiting carbs, serve them with steamed vegetables – they’ll soak up the dill sauce beautifully.
Can you cook these Polish Meatballs another way?
No, that’s the best way to cook them. If you pan-fry the meatballs, they won’t taste the same.
What diets are these Pulpety Meatballs suitable for?
If you skip the bread roll/brioche in the recipe, this dish will be gluten free and keto-friendly.
This cooking method (cooking in stock rather than frying) makes pulpety lighter and easier to digest. That’s why they’re a popular choice among kids and those of us with more sensitive stomachs.
How long can you keep these Polish Meatballs in the fridge?
Once you’ve put this dish out, ideally it should be eaten within 3-4 hours.
You can keep any leftovers in the fridge for 3-4 days. They can be moved into a container with a lid. I just leave these meatballs in the pot I used for cooking them, covered with a lid.
Can I freeze these Pulpety Meatballs?
Yes you can! This recipe can be frozen, remember to use a freezer-friendly bag or container. Label it with the date and describe the contents.
How do I reheat these Polish Meatballs?
From chilled: If you’ve kept the leftovers in the cooking pot, you can reheat them by cooking on the stove. 10 minutes on a low to medium heat with occasional stirring should be enough. Do a taste test on a single meatball – if it’s warm and soft throughout, it’s ready to serve.
You can also reheat Pulpety in a microwave-proof container with loosely fitting lid and heat for 5 minutes until piping hot.
From frozen: Allow to thaw, then cook on the stove for 10 minutes on a low to medium heat.
Alternatively, heat covered in the microwave for 3 to 5 minutes – then stir. Continue cooking for a further 5 minutes, until piping hot.
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