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Boulets à la Liégeoise Recipe: Delicious Meatballs with Liège Syrup

Posted on2024-05-16 by 257
Boulets à la Liégeoise Recipe: Delicious Meatballs with Liège Syrup


For the balls:

  • 500 g minced pork
  • 500 g of minced beef
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 onion
  • 1 slice of stale bread
  • 10 cl of milk
  • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley
  • Salt and pepper
  • A little flour to coat

For the sauce:

  • 2 onions
  • 40 g butter
  • 1 tablespoon of flour
  • 2 tablespoons of Liège syrup
  • 2 tablespoons of red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon of mustard
  • 75 cl of beef broth
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 sprig of thyme
  • Salt and pepper


  1. Preparation of the balls:

    • Dip the slice of stale bread in the milk to soften it, then squeeze it out and crumble it.
    • Finely slice the onion.
    • In a large bowl, mix the ground meats, softened bread, chopped onion, eggs, chopped parsley, salt and pepper.
    • Form balls the size of tennis balls and roll them in a little flour to lightly coat them.
  2. Cooking the meatballs:

    • Heat a little butter in a large frying pan over medium heat.
    • Brown the balls on all sides, then set them aside.
  3. Preparation of the sauce:

    • Slice the onions.
    • In the same pan, add a little butter and fry the sliced onions until translucent.
    • Sprinkle with flour and mix well to form a roux.
    • Add the Liège syrup, red wine vinegar, mustard and beef broth. Mix well.
    • Add the bay leaves and the sprig of thyme. Salt and pepper to taste.
    • Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes.
  4. Final cooking:

    • Return the meatballs to the pan with the sauce.
    • Cover and simmer over low heat for about 45 minutes, until the meatballs are cooked through and the sauce is thick and flavorful.
  5. Service:

    • Serve the Liège-style meatballs hot, topped with their creamy sauce.
    • Accompany them with Belgian fries, mashed potatoes or a green salad.


  • Liège syrup is a key ingredient that gives the sauce its characteristic sweetness. You can find it in specialty grocery stores or online.
  • For a personal touch, you can add raisins or prunes to the sauce while cooking for an even richer and sweeter flavor.

Bon appetit!

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