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Swedish Meatballs (From a Swede!) Recipe
  • READY IN 50 mins

Swedish Meatballs (From a Swede!)

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"This is my mom's Swedish meatball recipe. This isn't the kind a lot of people are used to in a creamy white sauce. She served them every Christmas Eve in a chafing dish as part of the 'Smörgåsbord.' My mom used to have a vegetable sour cream and a lingonberry sauce on the table for those that might want to dip these in something."

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Original recipe makes 48 tiny meatballs Change Servings
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  • PREP

    20 mins
  • COOK

    30 mins
  • READY IN

    50 mins

Directions

  1. Melt 1 tablespoon butter in a frying pan over low heat; cook and stir onion in melted butter until lightly browned, 5 to 8 minutes.
  2. Mix bread crumbs, water, and half-and-half in a large bowl; let stand for about 2 minutes. Stir cooked onion, ground beef, ground pork, salt, white pepper, and sugar into bread crumb mixture until thoroughly mixed. Shape mixture into about 48 very small meatballs.
  3. Melt 3 tablespoons butter in a skillet; add meatballs. Brown slowly, allowing about 25 minutes, until meatballs are fully cooked in the middle and no longer pink. Shake pan occasionally to cook evenly.
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May 19, 2012

Very good. We added about 1/4 c finely shredded hard cheese. I would also suggest dusting your hands with flour to keep them from sticking to you. The flavor was very nice, make sure to cook them slow but not too slow because they will burn.

 
Aug 19, 2012

This is the real deal! This is the same recipe I have been cooking for years. I found it in my grandmother's Swedish-English cookbook decades ago. I had sworn myself to secrecy about divluging it but it really is too good not to share! I do chill the meat mixture for a couple of hours before rolling them into balls. A melon ball scoop works wonders for portioning. My family of four enjoys these as a main course, so I always double the original recipe. Have patience - making these is a true labor of love!

 
Jan 29, 2014

We really liked this. Will cut the salt in half next time and I used all beef.

 
Feb 01, 2014

Made this recipe on a whim one night and everyone enjoyed it immensely from the youngest to the oldest.

 
Dec 13, 2013

Very good and they are just about always served this way in Sweden, but a true Swedish meatball would be made with Moose meat. And the salt can be cut back especially if using the pork. Another Swede

 
Aug 20, 2012

I loved these. They were so easy to make and just with regular things from the cabinet. I only used beef for that was all I had. I doubled the recipe and it took two and a half iron skillets. Served them over angel hair pasta with a made-up sauce of mushroom soup, chicken broth, tamari, lemon juice and water, garnished with baby tomato halfs. Delicious! A single recipe would probably have been sufficient for the three of in the house as they're rich and filling.

 
Sep 11, 2012

Good, but way to salty for us.

 
Nov 27, 2013

I make it as the recipe dictates but with only half the salt. I have 3 kids aged 6 & under, who are fussy eaters & at any given meal only two will actually like what I put on the table. I make double portions, as it one of the few meals that EVERYONE in the family will eat. I have tried buying store bought but that gets rejected & I'm back to this "labor of love". A good substitute to lingonberry sauce (hard to find) is strawberry jam mixed with a little white vinegar & a pinch of salt

 

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Nutrition

  • Calories
  • 69 kcal
  • 3%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 1.4 g
  • < 1%
  • Cholesterol
  • 19 mg
  • 6%
  • Fat
  • 5.5 g
  • 8%
  • Fiber
  • 0.1 g
  • < 1%
  • Protein
  • 3.5 g
  • 7%
  • Sodium
  • 231 mg
  • 9%

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

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