Henry Lie: The Norwegian Skater and his Meatball Recipe

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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:

Norwegian Meatballs


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  • 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
  • Butter
  1. Mix the first seven ingredients together
  2. Make balls 1½ inches thick.
  3. Brown quickly in hot fat
  4. Add a cup of beef broth and simmer for twenty minutes
  5. Thicken broth with a little flour that has been mixed with water
  6. Saute onions rings in butter and use as a garnish on the meatballs when served


About Henry Lie

Henry Lie

Henry Lie: The Norwegian Skater and his Meatball Recipe

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.






Jackie Jackson, also known online as BritFlorida, is a highly experienced designer and writer. British born and now living in the USA, she specialises in lifestyle issues, design and quirky stories. You can see a wide range of articles here, or visit her website Tastes Magazine. See The Writer’s Door for more information.

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  1. Nom Nom, I bet it is that nutmeg that gives it that special touch! Wonderful background on him and his wife! Great story!

    • Thank you Sherry! There are so many untold stories out there.

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