"Being very into my Swedish heritage, I took it upon myself to learn how to cook the food, among other things. These are my famous Swedish Meatballs. I can never seem to make enough. Serve with lingonberries (cranberries are a good substitute) or with sour cream and beef gravy sauce heated." — LaughingSong
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Italian seasoned bread crumbs
ground black pepper
My family loved them and asked me to keep the recipe so I can make them again.
I started cooking this for friends who were coming over and things got off to a bad start. DON"T mix the breadcrumbs and sour cream in a separate bowl! In thirty seconds it becomes a hard lump that is impossible to get evenly mixed into the meat without completely overworking it. Cut down on the clove! 1/2 teaspoon is WAY too much. When these are cooking all you'll smell is clove. Not good. Lastly, be prepared to get something on-the-fly to go with these. There is no sauce and the recipe mentions something about beef gravy but there are no instructions for one and the gravy is NOT listed as an ingredient so when you print up the shopping list, the gravy doesn't get included. The taste is nothing but clove. Rather than dumping it out, I quickly saved it by grabbing a jar of heavily flavored spaghetti sauce and boiling up some pasta. Luckily dinner was saved. Hand out dessert right away before someone notices the after taste and send everyone home with your apologies. Look at it this way, you'll never have to cook for your friends again.
My grandmother was from Sweden. She used allspice and nutmeg, white bread crumbs soaked in 1 cup milk and just a little onion. If the meatballs grew larger than 3/4", you had to do them over! When the last meatballs were browning in the pan, she sprinkled a tablespoon of flour over them. Then added 3/4 cup of cream to simmer the meatballs. Made a nice gravy.
I don't know why you'd use Italian flavored crumbs. We aways used mashed potatoes (no crumbs or sour cream) & less cloves. I've found if you deep-fry them, just 'til lightly browned then place them in a casserole with cream to barely cover. Bake. You'll have a delicious gravy.
MY Swedish relatives are rolling over in their graves. You NEVER use ITALIAN breadcrumbs. These meatballs have too many ingredients. Cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves? No. Salt and pepper. That's all it takes for seasoning. Where are the onions?And your beef to pork is NEVER 50-50.At best it is 60-40. Beef to pork.
I made these last week and they were okay. I did not have the same problem as the other reviewer with the sour cream and bread crumbs, my mixture turned out just fine. I do agree that the clove is a little overpowering. I made a brown gravy (package mix) and added the leftover sour cream to it to make it creamier. Over all it wasn't bad, just not my preference in tastes.
Ooook listen up everyone...pay no attention to the low rattings 5this ones recived. It's a great base! Double the meat portions...use regular seasoned bread crumbs 1c......Half the nutmeg,cinnimon & clove.Double S&P add 1t of dry garlic. Used dryed onion still sauted in butter to lightly toast. Spread 2T of melted butter on a cookie sheet place raw meatballs on buttered cookie sheet & bake @ 375 / 15-20min. Bake In two batches adding fresh melted butter to the cookie sheet w/ each batch. Then scrap the butter and yummy brown bits into a pan to start a super yummy sause....add 3T of flour to start a rue.....mix 1c sour cream,1c milk 1t salt, 2T pepper dash nutmeg & clove.....add 1c stock to rue....stir till thick.....& slowly add milk mixture stir till thickened....pour sause over meatballs n bake 15-20min n enjoy! Sooooooo yummy good! We served w/ egg noodles!
All was well until I tried to combine the bread crumbs and sour cream, it was very hard to stir together and combined with the other ingredients. Once i mixed everyhting together it was too wet, i couldnt even form meatballs at all, I ended making it into a meatloaf.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Dana's Famous Swedish Meatballs
Serving Size: 1/4 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 4
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 324
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