Make Authentic Swedish Meatballs at Home

Swedish meatballs are a holiday tradition in many households across the world! If you’d like to add this fantastic dish to your winter menu, the very best option is to make your own. If the IKEA version of this dish is the only one you’ve ever tried (and you secretly love it), you owe it to yourself to try the real deal. Tender, melt-in-your-mouth Swedish meatballs are a dish that’s sure to delight this season, and would be an excellent addition to your Christmas meal.

Swedish Meatballs from Yummly

Swedish Meatballs from Yummly

Swedish Meatballs are typically served with Lingonberry sauce! If you can’t acquire this sauce locally at a grocery store, IKEA, or a Scandinavian specialty store, you could also replace it with a homemade cranberry sauce or a seedless raspberry jelly.

Swedish Meatballs with Lingonberry Sauce from Yummly

Swedish Meatballs with Lingonberry Sauce from Yummly

Authentic Swedish Meatballs

Ingredients

    For the meatballs:
  • 1/3 cup onion, minced
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 4-5 slices of bread, diced into pieces and with the crusts removed
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 lb ground pork
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp freshly ground nutmeg
  • 1 tsp allspice
  • 2 tsp black pepper
  • For the sauce:
  • 4 Tbsp butter
  • 2 Tbsp flour
  • 2 cups beef stock
  • sour cream (optional)
  • lingonberry jam (optional)
  • fresh parsley (optional)

Directions

  1. Mix the bread with the milk in a large bowl and set it aside until the bread soaks up all the milk. (Meanwhile, move onto step 2). Then, transfer the mixture to a food processor, pulse it, and pour it back into the bowl.
  2. Sauté the onions in the butter over until the onions soften and turn translucent, about 3 minutes. Once they're ready, let them cool for a bit, then add them to the bread and milk mixture.
  3. Mix in the ground pork, ground beef, eggs, salt, and spices and continue until they are thoroughly combined.
  4. Measure out the meat into uniformly sized meatballs.
  5. Heat 4 Tbsp butter in a pan and begin browning the meatballs on both sides in batches of 10-15 at a time. Add more butter if needed. Once the meatballs have browned, remove them to another plate with a slotted spoon. (You do not have to fully cook the meatballs at this stage, as they will cook more later).
  6. Add 2 Tbsp of flour to the butter in the pan. (If there is almost no butter left in the pan, or the butter is burnt, discard what's in the pan and add more butter). Whisk the flour into the melted butter in the pan until the flour is smooth and coffee-colored.
  7. Add beef stock to the the pan in a slow drizzle, whisking constantly, until the mixture is smooth and silky. (If the mixture is too thick, add more broth.)
  8. Return the meatballs to this sauce in the pan, turn the heat down to low, cover it with a lid, and let it sit for 10 minutes. (If there are too many meatballs, just cook them this way in batches)
  9. Once your meatballs are all done, enjoy them as you like! You can add a touch of sour cream to the sauce, garnish it with a bit of fresh parsley, or both. Offer up the lingonberry jam on the side, and serve with egg noodles or mashed potatoes!

Swedish Meatballs with Lingonberry Sauce by Yummly

Swedish Meatballs with Lingonberry Sauce by Yummly

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