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Polish Meatballs With Mushroom Gravy Recipe

If you don’t know what to cook for dinner, you may find this Polish meatballs with mushroom gravy recipe interesting. The dish is really simple to make and it’s delicious! Klopsiki w sosie grzybowym (clop-see-khi ph soh-see-eh gh-she-boh-vhymh) are loved by Poles of all ages, from kids to adults.

The soft balls of meat dipped in a velvety and aromatic sauce are hard to resist! Keep on reading to get my authentic Polish meatballs with mushroom gravy recipe.


Tips For Making Polish Meatballs With Mushroom Gravy

See also my Polish mushroom soup recipe.

Use Pork Or Beef.

You can either make your Polish meatballs from pork or beef. The best would be to mix these two kinds of meats.

Chicken, turkey, veal, or venison would work too, however, they would taste best with other gravies, such as dill sauce, mustard sauce, horseradish sauce, or tomato sauce.

Adding Heavy Cream Is Not Necessary.

If you want to make your mushroom gravy lighter, you may skip adding heavy cream. The sauce won’t be as creamy, however, it still will be delicious.

You Can Replace Mushrooms With Champignons.

Wild mushrooms taste better with Polish meatballs, however, you can use champignons as well. It’s especially recommended if you want to share this dish with kids- they are not supposed to eat mushrooms until they reach the age of 12.

Use Fresh Mushrooms If You Want.

If you have fresh mushrooms, you can use them to make your sauce! You won’t need to soak them in water overnight – dice and cook them straight away.

What To Serve Polish Meatballs With Mushroom Gravy With?

This classic Polish dish tastes best with:

  • groats (pearl barley, barley, buckwheat)
  • potatoes
  • rice (white, basmati, wild, or brown)
  • bread
  • chopped dill
  • sauerkraut (see my homemade kapusta kiszona recipe)
  • maślanka/ kefir/ zsiadłe mleko (sour / curdled milk)

See also my Polish meatballs in the dill sauce recipe and Polish meatball soup recipe.

Polish Meatballs With Mushroom Gravy Recipe

Polish Meatballs With Mushroom Gravy Recipe

Polish Meatballs With Mushroom Gravy Recipe
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Additional Time 8 hours
Total Time 10 hours 20 minutes



  • 1 lb / ½ kg of minced meat (beef or pork)
  • 1 onion
  • 1 egg
  • ½ tsp of salt
  • ½ tsp of dried marjoram
  • ¼ tsp of black pepper
  • oil

Mushroom gravy

  • 4.5 oz / 125 g of dried mushrooms
  • ½ tsp of salt
  • ¼ tsp of black pepper
  • 3 allspice berries
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 5 juniper berries (fresh or dry)
  • ½ cup / 125ml of heavy cream


How To Make Polish Meatballs?

  1. Peel, dice an onion and sweat it on oil.
  2. Combine with the rest of the ingredients and mix until you'll get a smooth consistency.
  3. Start forming meatballs. Each should have a size of a walnut.
  4. Fry meatballs on oil (3-5 minutes each side) or bake them in the oven (392°F / 200°C for 10-15 minutes).

How To Make The Mushroom Gravy?

  1. Cover the mushrooms with 3 cups water and leave to soak overnight.
  2. The next day, you can either dice the mushrooms or leave them whole (it's up to you).
  3. Add the remaining ingredients for the mushroom gravy (except for onion and heavy cream) and cook slowly for 1,5-2h.
  4. In the meantime, peel and dice an onion. Sweat it on oil and add to the mushroom gravy.
  5. After 1,5-2h, turn off the heat. 3-5 minutes later, start pouring the heavy cream very slowly, stirring constantly.

Final Steps

  1. Throw the meatballs onto the sauce and cook together for another 5 minutes.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 418Total Fat: 26gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 129mgSodium: 486mgCarbohydrates: 23gFiber: 4gSugar: 3gProtein: 27g

These data are indicative and calculated by Nutritionix

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