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Swedish Cardamom Meatballs Recipe
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Swedish Cardamom Meatballs

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"A Swedish friend passed on this rich and satisfying dish to me."

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Original recipe makes 12 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    30 mins
  • COOK

    1 hr

    1 hr 30 mins


  1. In large mixing bowl, soak bread crumbs in milk for 5 minutes. Mix in meat, eggs, and chopped onions. Season with cardamom and salt and pepper to taste. Roll into 1 to 1 1/2 inch meatballs.
  2. Saute meatballs in 1/4 cup butter for approximately 20 minutes.
  3. In a separate skillet, saute sliced onions with 1/4 cup butter and sugar until caramelized, about 10 to 15 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Remove mixtures (the meatballs and the onions) from both pans, and place on separate plates. Deglaze both saute pans with the remaining 1/2 cup butter and beef broth, scraping up the browned bits. Cook over high heat for 1 minute.
  5. Place the contents of both saute pans into one large pot, and stir in the cream and onions. Season with gravy maker seasoning, monosodium glutamate, nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon, and cloves. Bring to a simmer. Make a slurry with cornstarch and water; whisk the slurry into the cream sauce. Add meatballs, and simmer approximately 20 to 30 minutes.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Dec 13, 2003

These are really good. I omitted the MSG and substituted homo milk for heavy cream. I used lean ground beef and fried them without butter. These changes made the dish healthier and from family reviews, they loved it! The flavour of this dish was superb.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Sep 07, 2008

MSG??? Both parents born in Sweden and Mom never put onions in anything she called Swedish. American (yeah I'm one too) are onion crazy. At least this one's got the cardamom in it. For me - No onions, no mushrooms, no green peppers either.  No thanks but if you prefer go for it.


24 Ratings

Nov 30, 2006

This is great recipe - it is very time consuming but I only make it once a year, for Christmas Eve. Actually, I make them ahead of time - the meatballs freeze beautifully. Then I just have to brown them and make the sauce. My mother's family is Scandinavian and they always cooked with these spices. I do think the sugar quantity is a misprint.

Jan 05, 2006

I've made this about 4 times now and has become a tradition at Christmas as we serve mostly Swedish dishes. Time consuming, but worth it. It's nice to see a traditional Swedish dish made with traditional Swedish spices. Serve this with lingenberries to enhance the flavor.

Mar 19, 2005

There is no question in my mind that 1/2 cup sugar is a typo error,try 1T or less. I used only 1/2 cup butter in the total recipe and used 2 cans evaporated skim milk instead of cream. Also, added mushrooms.I personally loved the blend of spices in this recipe. Do make this if you do not have time for kitchen clean up.

Dec 18, 2003

Meatballs are WONDERFUL!!! The sauce, however, is a bit sweet to our tastes. I'd cut the sugar down in half, even by 2/3. Otherwise, I received many compliments when I served them as an appetizer.

Oct 07, 2005

OK, this one is a ton of work-took me a couple hours to get everything together, but it was so rich and satisying, it was worth it! The sauce was awesome over hot cooked egg noodles, plus it made a lot so we ate this for a few days.

Aug 22, 2005

Very good, but if using fresh ground cardamon, cut it in half.


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  • Calories
  • 666 kcal
  • 33%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 33 g
  • 11%
  • Cholesterol
  • 202 mg
  • 67%
  • Fat
  • 51 g
  • 78%
  • Fiber
  • 2.3 g
  • 9%
  • Protein
  • 19.7 g
  • 39%
  • Sodium
  • 639 mg
  • 26%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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