Swedish Meatballs

I was thinking of making spaghetti and meatballs tonight but decided to go with Swedish Meatballs instead.   It had been awhile since I made these.   I use a recipe from Milliken and Feniger  but have adjusted it over the years to suit our taste

Although it isn’t traditional to saute the meatballs in the sauce or to add mushrooms, that is the way I prefer my Swedish Meatballs.

Swedish Meatballs
Adapted from c.1998, M.S. Milliken & S. Feniger

2 slices white bread, crusts removed
1/2 cup milk
1 pound ground beef
1 pound ground pork (note I prefer to use all pork.)
1 small  onion,
2 to 3 eggs
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
1/2 teaspoon Nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Butter and vegetable oil for frying meatballs

3 cups beef stock
2 to 3 tablespoons flour
1/2 cup heavy cream
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Fresh parsley, for garnish

Pulse onion, bread and milk in processor.  (I use a mini processor).

Mix beef and pork together. Add spices, salt, pepper and mix well.  Add onion/bread/milk mixture and using hands mix to combined. Add eggs.  Test seasoning by sauting a small piece.  Taste and adjust seasoning. 

Shape meatballs.  Heat skillet, add butter and oil and brown meatballs.   Remove from pan. Make sauce by adding flour to the drippings. Cook for a couple of minutes.  Add enough beef broth to make sauce.  Add 1/2
cup cream.  Bring to a simmer and add the meatballs to the sauce and simmer for at least an hour.

Serve over noodles. Sprinkle with minced parsley.
Edited Feb. 2nd, 2010

11 Comments Add yours

  1. That looks delicious, Ann. It's been so many years since I've had Swedish meatballs – thanks for the recipe, Ann!!

  2. Anonymous says:

    I don't think I have had swedish meatballs since I was last at Ikea. (And I good portion of my family is swedish by descent) Yours look a million times better.

  3. I too have been known to add mushrooms to Swedish meatballs-I just think it's so much better! Thank you for a lovely reminder that we haven't had these in a while :)xoxo Pattie

  4. Me too it's been years! Yours looks so appetizing~

  5. Zurin says:

    mmmt that looks so good! ive had this at ikea but yours look so much better!!!!

  6. Joy Tilton says:

    So perfect for our cold snowy weather! I can always count on you to help me plan dinner, Thank You!

  7. Linda says:

    Ann, That looks like a big comforting bowl of love!!!!I have made their recipe once a long time ago and it is really good…Sam loves these …I will make them for him when he gets home fro Spring break!L~xo

  8. It's been forever since I have eaten these. Just might have to solve that problem. Thanks for a great sounding recipe.

  9. Cathy says:

    The gravy looks soooo delicious. I think I could eat it all by itself. And I'm all for adding mushrooms too. What a lovely dinner.

  10. Katy ~ says:

    I prefer Swedish meatballs with mushrooms as well. These look so very very good. I haven't had them in decades because of not having a favored recipe. I shall make these. They look too good to resist!

  11. Deana Sidney says:

    Gosh, I love swedish meatballs… and don't have a recipe for some reason… until now!

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