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December 24, 2019

Swedish Meatballs Recipe

What could be more comforting than tucking into a plate of Swedish meatballs? You can eat them with egg noodles or on top of mashed potatoes, or simply on their own. No matter how you choose to eat them, you’re sure to enjoy this recipe. For the uninitiated, Swedish meatballs are simmered in a creamy gravy with spices such as allspice and nutmeg as opposed to tomato sauce and herbs like the traditional Italian version. If you’ve never tried them, you’re in for a treat.

Swedish Meatballs Recipe

Swedish Meatballs Recipe

This recipe is adapted from a wonderful cookbook, “Savoring The Seasons of the Northern Heartland,” by Beth Dooley and Lucia Watson.

Meatball Ingredients

  • 2 slices white bread, crusts removed – or 2/3 cup Panko bread crumbs
  • 1/4 c  milk
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 2 tbsp Ricotta cheese
  • 1-1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp allspice
  • 1 tsp cardamom
  • 1/2 tsp ginger
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp dried dill
  • 1/2 c fresh dill, cut up with scissors
  • 1 large onion, grated or finely chopped
  • 1 lb ground beef (70-80% fat)
  • 1 lb pork

Gravy Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 c beef broth
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 1 c heavy cream
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Meatball Instructions

  1. Soak bread crumbs in milk (if using Panko mix the remaining ingredients).
  2. Mix soaked bread crumbs with beaten egg, ricotta, spices, dill, onion, and ground meat.
  3. Mix with your hands until all ingredients are combined.
  4. Shape mixture into 1.5-inch wide meatballs (approximately 1 tablespoon meat per scoop).
  5. Bake meatballs on a cookie sheet at 450 degrees F for 13 minutes (or until browned).

Gravy Instructions

  1. Scrape brown bits from the cookie sheet into a Dutch oven with the meat fat.
  2. Add the butter.
  3. Mix in the flour, stir scraping up all the brown bits until the fat is well incorporated.
  4. Add the stock until everything is incorporated.
  5. Add cream.
  6. Boil gravy, whisking continuously, until gravy coats the back of a spoon.
  7. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

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Swedish Meatballs

Meatball Ingredients

  • 2 slices white bread, crusts removed – or 2/3 cup Panko bread crumbs
  • 1/4 c  milk
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 2 tbsp Ricotta cheese
  • 1-1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp allspice
  • 1 tsp cardamom
  • 1/2 tsp ginger
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp dried dill
  • 1/2 c fresh dill, cut up with scissors
  • 1 large onion, grated or finely chopped
  • 1 lb ground beef (70-80% fat)
  • 1 lb pork

Gravy Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 c beef broth
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 1 c heavy cream
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Meatball Instructions

  1. Soak bread crumbs in milk (if using Panko mix the remaining ingredients).
  2. Mix soaked bread crumbs with beaten egg, ricotta, spices, dill, onion, and ground meat.
  3. Mix with your hands until all ingredients are combined.
  4. Shape mixture into 1.5-inch wide meatballs (approximately 1 tablespoon meat per scoop).
  5. Bake meatballs on a cookie sheet at 450 degrees F for 13 minutes (or until browned).

Gravy Instructions

  1. Scrape brown bits from the cookie sheet into a Dutch oven with the meat fat
  2. Add the butter
  3. Mix in the flour, stir scraping up all the brown bits until the fat is well incorporated
  4. Add the stock until everything is incorporated
  5. Add cream
  6. Boil gravy, whisking continuously, until gravy coats the back of a spoon
  7. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

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