Saturday, 6 February 2016


Slavinken is a word which roughly translated could be 'butcher's finches'. No one is quite certain why they have this name, but one theory is that  they reminded a butcher of the little song finches which used to be common in the markets around Holland.  This is a traditional Dutch recipe. (you can use beef, pork, lamb, or a mixture). It can be served with boiled or mashed potatoes, rice or noodles, along with salad or steamed vegetables.

What you need: 500-600 grams ground meat; 1 egg; about 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce; salt; pepper; 2 tsp onion powder; 2 tsp garlic powder; about 1/2 cup bread crumbs; 1 tsp nutmeg; 12 slices bacon.

What you do:  in a large mixing bowl, mix everything except the bacon, until well blended. Divide meat mixture into 12 equal portions and roll into small logs, about the size of your thumb. Wrap each log into a slice of bacon. Add to a frying pan, and cook over medium heat, turning often, until browned on all sides. Reduce heat and cover. Simmer for 20 minutes, or until meat is cooked through.

Serve hot with your favourite side dishes.

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