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Swedish Meatballs

This easy Swedish Meatballs recipe includes homemade meatballs smothered in creamy sauce and served over egg noodles or rice. This is a meal the whole family will love!
BY Lauren Allen TIMESeptember 2, 2022 PRINT

Why I Love This Meal:

  • Pantry Ingredients – The perfect budget friendly meal that requires basic ingredients you may already have on hand.
  • From Scratch – The homemade meatballs and sauce are what really set this recipe apart, and they’re both very easy to make.
  • Easy enough that the kids could even make this one.

What are Swedish Meatballs?

From what I’ve read, Swedish Meatballs were brought into Sweden by a King Charles XII, who got the recipe from Turkey. They originated in ancient Persia (Iran) and is called “koofteh” or “koofteh ghelgheli” which means a round meat in Persian. This recipe for homemade Swedish Meatballs is served with a creamy sauce, similar to the recipe found in Ikea.

Italian Meatballs vs Swedish Meatballs: Swedish Meatballs are typically smaller in size than Italian meatballs and they are usually made with a 50-50 ratio of ground pork and ground beef.  Swedish Meatballs also tend to use spices like allspice and nutmeg for flavoring where Italian meatballs rely more on parmesan and garlic flavoring.

How to make Swedish Meatballs:

Make the Meatballs: combine ground beef, ground pork, bread crumbs, egg yolk, allspice, nutmeg, and sautéed onion.  Season with salt and pepper. Roll the mixture into meatballs about 1 inch in size.

Swedish Meatballs
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Cook Meatballs: Place meatballs in a hot skillet with oil, rotating them with a fork until all sides are browned.

Swedish Meatballs
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Make the Swedish Meatball Sauce: Melt butter in a skillet and whisk in flour until it gets slightly browned. Gradually whisk in beef broth, stirring constantly until slightly thickened.

Swedish Meatball sauce
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Serve: Stir in sour cream and season with salt and pepper. Add meatballs to sauce and serve over cooked egg noodles, or rice. I love to serve with Roasted VegetablesFrench Green Beans, or Apple Pecan Salad.

Swedish Meatballs
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Make Ahead and Freezing Instructions:

To Make Ahead: The meatballs can be made ahead of time (cook them all the way through) and kept in the fridge or freezer until ready to use.

To Freeze: Prepare and cook meatballs. Allow them to cool before freezing in a freezer safe container. Raw meatballs may also be froze. Allow them to thaw in the fridge before cooking according to the recipe instructions.

Recipe Variations:

  • Meatballs: I’ve also made these meatballs with all beef, or half beef and half ground turkey, with great results!
  • Crock Pot Swedish Meatballs: Form the meatballs and brown them in a skillet. Make the sauce, but leave out the sour cream. Combine meatballs and sauce in the crockpot and cook on low for 2-3 hours, or until meatballs are cooked through. Add the sour cream and cook the egg noodles before serving.
  • Frozen Meatballs: Brown frozen meatballs, if desired, then place in sauce and simmer until meatballs are heated through.

Swedish Meatballs

Author: Lauren Allen
Servings: 6
Calories: 370
Cost: 9
Prep 20 Mins
Cook 25 Mins
Total 45 Mins

Ingredients

For the Swedish Meatballs:
2 Tablespoons olive oil, divided
1 onion, diced
1 pound lean ground beef
1 pound ground pork
1/2 cup breadcrumbs
2 large egg yolks
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
3/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper

For the Gravy:
1/4 cup unsalted butter
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
3 3/4 cups low-sodium beef broth
3/4 cup sour cream
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
2 Tablespoons fresh parsley leaves, chopped
1 lb egg noodles, cooked (or cooked rice), for serving

Instructions

Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion, and cook, stirring frequently, until onions are translucent, about 2-3 minutes; set aside.

In a large bowl, combine ground beef, ground pork, bread crumbs, egg yolks, allspice, nutmeg and onion. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

Stir mixture with a wooden spoon until well combined. Use clean hands to roll the mixture into meatballs about 1 1/2-in in size (It should make about 20-24 meatballs).

Add remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil to the skillet. Add meatballs, in batches, and cook until all sides are browned, about 4-5 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate.
For the Swedish Meatball Sauce:

Melt butter in the skillet. Whisk in flour until lightly browned, about 1 minute. Gradually whisk in beef broth and cook, stirring constantly, until slightly thickened, about 1-2 minutes.

Stir in sour cream; season with salt and pepper, to taste. Stir in meatballs and cook, stirring occasionally, until heated through and thickened, about 8-10 minutes.

Serve immediately, garnished with parsley, if desired.

Notes
Serving size: 3 meatballs

To Make Ahead: The meatballs can be made ahead of time (cook them all the way through) and kept in the fridge or freezer until ready to use.

To Freeze: Prepare and cook meatballs. Allow them to cool before freezing in a freezer safe container. Raw meatballs may also be froze. Allow them to thaw in the fridge before cooking according to the recipe instructions.

Meatballs: I’ve also made these meatballs with all beef, or half beef and half ground turkey, with great results!

Crock Pot Swedish Meatballs: Form the meatballs and brown them in a skillet. Make the sauce, but leave out the sour cream. Combine meatballs and sauce in the crockpot and cook on low for 2-3 hours, or until meatballs are cooked through. Add the sour cream and cook the egg noodles before serving.

Frozen Meatballs: Brown frozen meatballs, if desired, then place in sauce and simmer until meatballs are heated through.

Adapted from Damn Delicious

Nutrition
Calories: 370kcal
Carbohydrates: 10g
Protein: 24g
Fat: 26g
Saturated Fat: 10g
Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g
Monounsaturated Fat: 11g
Trans Fat: 0.5g
Cholesterol: 123mg
Sodium: 591mg
Potassium: 569mg
Fiber: 1g
Sugar: 1g
Vitamin A: 326IU
Vitamin C: 2mg
Calcium: 50mg
Iron: 2mg

This article was originally published on tastesbetterfromscratch.com

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