Swedish Meatballs (From a Swede!)

Swedish Meatballs (From a Swede!)

Linda T

"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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50 m servings 69 cals
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Original recipe yields 24 servings


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

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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Nutritional Information

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Amount Per Serving
  • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  • ** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
  • (-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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  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.


  • Cook's Note:
  • These can also be served as a main dish, making about 4 servings.


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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 ...

Most helpful critical review

I made this dish as is, except I used all ground beef, like many others. I found it kind of bland, and for the amount of work meatballs are, I expected a little more "bang" for my effort. They ...

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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 ...

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 divlugin...

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

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

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....

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 ...

very tasty, but way too salty, and i'm a person who likes salty food. I will definitely make this again, with less salt next time. Also i used only beef, no pork.

Good, but way to salty for us.

Oh, man! We loved these! I followed the recipe using Progresso's Italian bread crumbs and only half the salt. I didn't add the sugar, either, nor did I serve these with the typical lingonberr...

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