German Meatballs & fried Potatoes

German Meatballs and fried Potatoes

Longterm traveller’s Mums and Dads need to have strong nerves. I know that and I really appreciate their tolerance & patience. Seeing your children come and go..never really settling…always on the move with itchy feet is not easy for them. Mostly they are in constant hope that this year might be the year where their children finally settle down, get a proper job, buy a house and get married.

Yet we are not there. If we ever will. But we love you and we want you to know that !


„Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.“

Mark Twain.

Ellinor and I almost ready for our next journey. We are going to leave Europe and head towards Bodhgaya, in northern India. I have established an Non Profit Organization in Bodhgaya in the year 2009. The NGO’s name  is A Bowl of Compassion


Since the project started i have been living in India for most time of the year. Periodically i worked in Germany for a couple of months to save money in order to survive in India. The NGO has now grown to 2 primary schools and a soupkitchen for underprivileged children from remote villages. Also an attached Charity Backpackers does exist as an attachment to the school. We are looking really forward getting there and be with the children again 🙂 If you are interested in the project visit

On this journey to India we will avoid flying as much as we can.

Our first stop will be Warsaw in Poland from where will take a bus to Vilnius in Lithuania. In Tallin/ Estonia we will visit Eliise, a friend of mine who volunteered at Bowl of Compassion this year. From there we hop on the train to Moscow to take the Transsibirean Railway that will ride us towards Mongolia.

Saying goodbye to our families is never easy…it is so emotional. These last days at home we spend with our beloved ones. We sit together sharing funny family tales and cooking a lot of good food.

This week we were invited by Ellinor’s Mum at her home. She was making her traditional meatballs and fried potatoes.  A meal that she always cooked with much love for her family. And you can taste this love in every bite.

Gaby lives in the City of Bochum. I really started appreciating this City. There is so much interesting to discover and it’s rich in . Green parks, Museums, Cafes, colorful Murals, Art Galeries, second hand shops, street food markets, the Planetarium and the famous Schauspielhaus ( one of the most famous theatres of Germany). Bochum is a great place to live for while. Good vibes here! Most people are passing by for the legendary Bermuda Dreieck which is a famous Bar Strip in the Citycenter of Bochum.

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Bochum Schauspielhaus

Schauspielhaus Bochum / Bochums pride, the theatre !


When we arrived at Gaby’s home she was already prepared for cooking. We both had a sherry wine and started cooking.

She knew how much i love her meatballs! 🙂 It didn’t need much time to accept the offer! Usually before i travel back to india i gain so much weight cause i know i won’t have this food it for a long time.

Don’t get me wrong. I honestly love Indian food! All of it! I even cook Indian a lot. But i miss German food while being in India.

So on this occasion i took the chance and digged into Gaby’s incredible yummy meatballs at her home in Bochum/ Germany. This is Gaby 🙂

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We all forgot saying Goodbye for a moment and fully enjoyed these hours together. Big Hug Gaby! Your Meatballs are divine!! ❤ Here is Gaby’s Meatball and fried potato Recipe straight from her home in Germany. I hope you will try it!

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Ingredients for German meatballs

500g minced meat, half pork, half beef

1 Onion, chopped

1 handsize piece of white bread

1 egg

1 tablespoon english Mustard

handful of fresh parsley, chopped

pepper and salt

breadcrumbs (optional)

Pinch of nutmeg

How to start:

First soak the white bread in water and let it soak for a while until soft. Then squeeze out all the liquid.

Get a bowl and mix all other ingredients together until well combined.

Now shape the meatballs into the size you desire and start frying them in a pan on medium heat.

Each side will take approx. 5 minutes.



The meatballs are ready to be served!  But please have them with the following fried potatoes recipe ok? 🙂

German fried Potatoes


600g waxy potatoes

1 Onion, chopped

1 handful of diced good quality bacon

1 bunch of fresh parsley

salt & pepper



How to make German fried potatoes

fried potatoes

  1. First parboil the potatoes a day before , peel them and cool down.

2. The next day slice the potatos. Not too thin. Not too thick.

3. In a frying pan fry the bacon for 5 minutes. Add the chopped onions to the bacon and keep frying until the onions are browned and the bacon is crispy.

4. Take out the bacon and the onions and set aside.

5. Now add more oil to the pan and start frying the potatoes. Fry the  potato slices and constantly check with a fork. Flip them on the other side when golden brown and crispy on one side.

6 .When the potatoes are almost done add the bacon and onion to the same pan. Shake the pan and mix well.

7 .Add fresh parsley to the pan and shake again.

8. .Season now with pepper and salt. Taste! Mhhhhh….Believe me, this will be good! 🙂

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Do not add too many potatoes to the pan. Each slice needs space to be fried evenly..otherwise they are cooking instead of being fried.

Make sure that the potatoes do not sit on top of each other.In case the pan is small fry in batches. It is worth it , trust me.

If you are craving the total feast you can have an fried egg on top to make it even more german 🙂 Together with the meatballs this is a proper traditional meal that we grew up with. It will always remind of home and it is for sure a dish that i gonna miss on the road. Have fun cooking!! And don’t hesitate to contact me if you have questions. I would love to hear from you!

Your Foodvagabond, Michael


3 Gedanken zu “German Meatballs & fried Potatoes

  1. that feels like home! I am from the area and studied in Bochum but living abroad since many years already… your article brang back so many memories.. and the meatballs.. that’s exactly how I do them, how my mom does them and my grandmother as well.. and I guess her mom as well. I am happy that you enjoy our typical german homefood 🙂

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    1. Aww..Thanks so much for your kind words. i am so happy hat you have discovered the recipe 😀 This dish somehow represents German Soulfood i guess and it reminds me so much of my childhood. We could sniff the delicousness coming from almost every house on sunday afternoons 🙂

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