Skating star Henry Lie and his meatballs
It’s difficult to find out biographical details about Henry Lie. But we do know that he was a champion skater who was originally from Norway where he was the Men’s National Champion.
He had previously been atop chef and his cooking talents remained in demand. He was well-known for his meatball recipe. You can see him in the photograph below, which dates from 1948.
He liked ‘plain food that will stick to your ribs’.
Now I wouldn’t be so cruel as to tell you about his famous meatball dish without giving you the recipe, would I? Here it is:
- 2 pounds ground round beef
- ½ pound ground pork
- 1 egg
- 3 - 4 cups milk
- 2 tablespoons flour
- Salt & pepper
- Sprinkle of nutmeg
- 1 cup beef broth
- Fat for frying
- A little cold water
- A little extra flour
- 1 large onion,sliced into rings
- Mix the first seven ingredients together
- Make balls 1½ inches thick.
- Brown quickly in hot fat
- Add a cup of beef broth and simmer for twenty minutes
- Thicken broth with a little flour that has been mixed with water
- Saute onions rings in butter and use as a garnish on the meatballs when served
About Henry Lie
He started his career as a chef but transferred his interests from the kitchen to the ice. He became an ice-skating entertainer, performing throughout Europe – his speciality being skating using stilts.
But in the late 1930s, he settled in the Unites States.
He was tall, blond, good-looking and could cook; every girl’s dream? But the woman who captivated him was called Jessie Grossnickle, an athletic girl who had been a tennis prodigy and was a trained photographer.
She was apparently heavily involved in the development of synchronized swimming. (I love these daft details. Her second husband, incidentally, was a man who was an important photographer of gravestones).
In addition to his cooking and skating skills, Henry was also an expert violinist.
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