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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January 14, 2015
Nom Nom, I bet it is that nutmeg that gives it that special touch! Wonderful background on him and his wife! Great story!
January 15, 2015
Thank you Sherry! There are so many untold stories out there.