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Swedish Meatballs

Swedish Meatballs are a classic comfort food that originated in Sweden. These flavorful meatballs, typically made with a combination of ground beef and pork, are served in a creamy sauce and are often accompanied by lingonberry jam. This easy recipe allows you to recreate the beloved taste of Swedish Meatballs in your own kitchen.
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The Story

Swedish Meatballs are a beloved dish that has gained popularity worldwide. These tender and juicy meatballs are seasoned with aromatic spices and herbs, then cooked to perfection and smothered in a creamy gravy. The combination of savory meatballs, creamy sauce, and the tangy sweetness of lingonberry jam creates a delightful flavor profile


For the Meatballs:
500 grams ground beef
250 grams ground pork
1/2 cup breadcrumbs
1/4 cup milk
1/4 cup finely chopped onion
1 clove garlic, minced
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
Salt and pepper, to taste
2 tablespoons vegetable oil, for frying
For the Creamy Sauce:
2 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 cups beef or vegetable broth
1 cup heavy cream or sour cream
Salt and pepper, to taste
For Serving:
Lingonberry jam (or cranberry sauce), to serve
Fresh parsley, chopped, for garnish
4 Servings

Prep Time:

0 Hrs 15 Mins

Cook Time:

0 Hrs 25 Mins

Total TIme:

0 Hrs 0 Mins



In a large mixing bowl, combine ground beef, ground pork, breadcrumbs, milk, chopped onion, minced garlic, egg, allspice, nutmeg, salt, and pepper. Mix until well combined.


Shape the meat mixture into small meatballs, about 1-1.5 inches in diameter.


Heat vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the meatballs and cook until browned on all sides and cooked through. Remove the cooked meatballs from the skillet and set aside.


In the same skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Whisk in flour to create a roux and cook for a minute, stirring constantly.


Gradually pour in the broth, stirring continuously to prevent lumps from forming.


Stir in the heavy cream or sour cream and continue cooking until the sauce thickens and reaches a creamy consistency.


Season the sauce with salt and pepper to taste.


Return the cooked meatballs to the skillet and simmer in the sauce for a few minutes, allowing the flavors to meld together.


Serve the Swedish Meatballs hot, garnished with fresh parsley. Accompany them with lingonberry jam or cranberry sauce on the side.

Tips for this recipe

For an extra touch of flavor, you can add a splash of Worcestershire sauce or Dijon mustard to the creamy sauce. This will enhance the savory notes and add a hint of tanginess. Serve the Swedish Meatballs over egg noodles or mashed potatoes for a heartier meal. Enjoy the meatballs as a main course or as part of a smorgasbord-style meal with other Swedish dishes.

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