Dutch Meatballs by Eva van Zijl (Librije Recipe)

Eva van Zijl (Head of Finance and Legal), a thoroughbred foodie who loves these Dutch Meatballs. This recipe is originally from the restaurant Librije, which is a top notch restaurant in Amsterdam. We are happy that Eva has this secret recipe and shares it with us!


• 400g minced beef

• 300 ml beef stock

• 2 small eggs

• 80g breadcrumbs

• 2 tbsp coarse mustard

• 2 tbsp soy sauce ketjap manis

• 1 tablespoon of salt

• 1 tablespoon of cayenne pepper

• 50g butter


1. Mix the minced meat with the spices, mustard, soy sauce, eggs and breadcrumbs.

2. If the mixture is a little too wet, add some extra breadcrumbs. The minced meat should feel a little sticky.

3. With wet hands, form meatballs from the mixture.

4. Than rest the balls in the fridge for half an hour.

5. Take a large frying pan and let the butter melt.

6. Roast the meatballs on either side until golden brown.

7. Add the beef stock and cook the meatballs under a sealed lid for about 45 minutes.

8. Librije's meatballs are best with a good lick of coarse mustard.