Recipe by Chef John
"Swedish meatballs, traditionally served with boiled potatoes and lingonberry preserves, are a hearty meal the whole family will love!"
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yellow onion, finely chopped
1 1/2 teaspoons
plain bread crumbs
freshly ground black pepper
cayenne pepper, or to taste
ground beef chuck
3 1/4 cups
salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
The aroma of these as I was mixing them were wonderful, and the flavor was great too. However, there are a few key ingredients left out of the original recipe post, so this is how I made my gravy:
2 T butter
1/4 cup flour
1.5 cups beef stock
1/2 cup cream
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon Worchestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
The recipe doesn't say how many meatballs this made. Making 2-3 tablespoon-sized meatballs gave me about 34 pretty big meatballs (like, spaghetti-and-meatball size versus IKEA meatball size), which needed to cook longer than the 20 minutes allotted. Mine ended up cooking for 40 minutes, and were slightly tough on the outside, and the temp only got to 150 inside with my thermometer, but they were definitely done. I think next time I will cook for a little longer at a lower temp to not have the outside so overdone.
Also, the recipe called for making the gravy before making the meatballs, but I would definitely make the gravy AFTER they are cooked since it really doesn't take more than a few minutes to whisk up. The amount of gravy made with my measurements there only really coated about half the recipe (the hubby is a gravy fanatic, plus we wanted some for the potatoes too), so I'd at least double it next time since it's very thick, and doesn't stretch far. Because I was waiting so long for the meatballs to cook, the gravy got super thick, but a little splash of beef stock helped loosen it as I warmed it back up on the stove.
I want to try these meatballs, however in the instructions, #5 states to whisk in Worcestershire sauce. I don't see that in the ingredient list. How much do you use?
I just viewed Chef John's video for the Swedish Meatballs. This dish has always been one of my favorites and I have been looking for a recipe which tastes great. This one is the recipe I've been looking for. BTW, the video was most instructive and his delivery was very entertaining. I found your sense of humor to be very much like my own.
Tasty and comforting.
The meatballs were wonderful.We had to wing the gravy based on our own experience and it turned out wonderful. Again.. the meatballs were heavenly and we'll make them again.
This recipe changed my hubbys view of Swedish Meatballs. He was not a fan from past experience but we both loved your recipe. I had to do some substitutions because I didnt have all of the ingredients.
I didn't have beef broth so I used 4 beef boulion cubes.
I didn't have All Spice so I used Apple Pie Spice (which is nutmeg, cinnamon and all spice). I had to cut back a smidge on the Nutmeg ingredient because of this.
I Also added more cayenne, I doubled the cayenne because I love my pepper. By doing this it added some heat to the sweet.
I didn't have plain breadcrumbs (surprisingly) but I did have have seasoned Panko breadcrumbs so I used those.
I also used ground turkey instead of the main meat ingredients.
I dont usually like to substitute until after I tried the recipe for the first time on its own, but aside from the meat and double cayenne I don't think my alterations would have made a major difference in the flavor. Thank You Very Much this is a great recipe, gonna try your Fried Chicken today.
Had this for dinner tonight and it was excellent! Best meatballs I think I've ever had and the gravy is to die for over mashed potatoes. Didn't change a thing except for adding a 1/4 tsp of browning sauce to the gravy because I thought it was too pale-looking. Adding to my regular rotation. Thanks for posting!
These were spot on in the taste department, reminded me of the meatballs my grandmother use to make! My gravy was a little thin, I'm not sure what I did wrong but I added a little more flour and it thickened to gravy consistency and was delicious. I have tried several of Chef John's recipes now and I have never been disappointed, nor have any of my guests. Thank you for sharing your creations!
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Chef John's Swedish Meatballs
Serving Size: 1/6 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 6
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 322
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