Traditional Swedish Meatballs

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Traditional Swedish Meatballs are a dish that everyone will love. These meatballs have a depth of flavor making them savory and sweet.
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 35 minutes
Total: 45 minutes
meatballs in sauce.

Traditional Swedish Meatballs are a dish that everyone will love. These meatballs have a depth of flavor making them savory and sweet.

Meatballs in sauce.

These Traditional Swedish Meatballs may seem familiar. If you’ve ever been to Ikea, you’re definitely familiar with Swedish meatballs. Served with mashed potatoes, broccoli, and cranberry sauce, you can make Ikea meatballs at home so easily with this recipe.

To learn more about this classic dish, visit Visit Sweden for more information.


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What We Love About This Meatball with Gravy Recipe

  • 45 Minute Meal: Make this Swedish meatball recipe easy in less than 45 minutes.
  • Family Friendly: You family will love these Traditional Swedish meatballs.
  • Makes Great Leftovers: Enjoy these meatballs the next day, you can eat them on their own, with pasta, or in a sandwich or right out of the pan.
A pan filled with the Swedish meatballs.

Ingredient Notes

  • Ground Beef: You will need 1/2 lb of lean ground beef.
  • Ground Pork: Additionally, you will also need 1/2 lb of ground pork.
  • Dried Onion: I used dried minced onion, but you can use fresh minced onions as well.
  • Egg: The egg in this recipe will help to bind the meatballs together.
  • Breadcrumbs: Breadcrumbs will get mixed into the meat mixture, panko or white breadcrumbs work.
  • Nutmeg: Nutmeg will help to give these the traditional Swedish meatball taste.
  • Allspice: In addition to adding nutmeg for that authentic taste, you will need allspice.
  • Parsley: You can use fresh or dried parsley.
  • Butter: For the Swedish meatballs sauce you will need salted butter. You can also use unsalted and supplement with some extra salt.
  • Flour: All-purpose flour works best to make white sauce for meatballs.
  • Beef Broth: For the easy Swedish meatball sauce you will need beef broth. Chicken broth will work too but it will alter the traditional flavor.
  • Worcestershire Sauce: Worcestershire sauce will add a sweet yet tangy and spicy flavor.
  • Heavy Cream: You will need heavy cream to make to make the creamy gravy.
Meats, eggs butter and cream for the meatballs.

Equipment Needed

  • Baking Sheet
  • Skillet
  • Large Bowl
  • Whisk
  • Measuring Cups and Spoons
  • Aluminum Foil

How to Make Swedish Meatball with Gravy

These are the basic steps for making Traditional Swedish Meatballs. Please refer to the recipe card below for more detailed instructions.

Making the mix and then rolling into meatballs.

STEP 1: PREPPING

Start by preheating the oven to 350 degrees f and lining a baking sheet with aluminum foil.

STEP 2: MAKE THE MEATBALLS

In a large mixing bowl, mix together the ground pork, beef, dried onion, parsley, egg, breadcrumbs, and spices until fully combined. Then form into 2-3 tablespoon sized balls and arrange neatly on the baking sheet. Cook for 30-40 minutes until cooked through.

STEP 3: HOW TO MAKE THE SWEDISH MEATBALLS SAUCE

Make the sauce while the meatballs are cooking in the oven. In a large skillet over medium high heat, melt the butter. Then whisk in the flour and let it brown, then stir in beef broth, Worcestershire, and heavy cream. Reduce the heat and allow sauce to thicken.

Creating the cream sauce and then putting the meatballs into the cream sauce.

STEP 4: FINISHING TOUCHES

Remove meatballs from then add meatballs in cream sauce. Coat evenly and garish with fresh parsley. Serve traditionally with mashed potatoes and cranberry sauce!

Prep and Storage Tips

HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE AHEAD OF TIME

To make this recipe ahead of time, I recommend cooking the meatballs and storing in an airtight container in the fridge for 1-3 days. When ready to serve, reheat the meatballs in the oven and cook the sauce while reheating the meatballs.

HOW TO STORE THIS RECIPE

Store traditional Swedish meatballs in airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days.

HOW TO FREEZE THIS RECIPE

To freeze this recipe, store in freezer bag or airtight freezer container for up to 6 months. The sauce may change its texture slightly when reheating.

HOW TO REHEAT THIS RECIPE

To reheat Swedish meatball in gravy, heat in microwave safe dish in the microwave for 1-2 minutes or until hot.

Frequently Asked Questions

HOW ARE SWEDISH MEATBALLS DIFFERENT FROM MADE OF?

American styled meatballs have more a garlicky and onion flavor meant to be served with tomato sauce and spaghetti, where as traditional Swedish meatballs have more spices and a sweeter

CAN I SUBSTITUTE CHICKEN IN PLACE OF BEEF?

You can also substitute ground chicken in place beef, for a combination of chicken and pork.

CAN THIS RECIPE BE DOUBLED OR HALVED?

This recipe can easily be doubled or halved, just increase or decrease ingredients proportionally.

WHAT ARE TRADITIONAL SWEDISH MEATBALLS MADE OF?

Traditional Swedish meatballs are made of ground beef, pork mince, dried onion, breadcrumbs, egg, and seasonings.

Close up on the meatballs.

Expert Tips for Making This Recipe

  • This Recipe Can be Doubled: This authentic Swedish meatball recipe is crowd pleaser and great to bring to a potluck. You can double the ingredients proportionally and cook in two batches.
  • The Swedish Meatballs Traditional: Serve Swedish meatballs traditionally with mashed or boiled potatoes and lingonberry jam or cranberry sauce.
  • Swedish Meatballs with Pasta: Serve Swedish meatballs with egg noodles, using the meatball gravy as the pasta sauce. You can also add sautéed mushrooms for a beef stroganoff like pasta with Swedish meatballs.

What to Serve with Swedish Meatballs

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meatballs in sauce.

Traditional Swedish Meatballs

Yield: 4 servings
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 35 minutes
Total: 45 minutes
Traditional Swedish Meatballs are a dish that everyone will love. These meatballs have a depth of flavor making them savory and sweet.
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Ingredients

Meatballs:

  • ½ lb ground beef
  • ½ lb ground pork
  • 1 tablespoon dry onion, minced
  • 1 egg
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • ¼ cup breadcrumbs
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon allspice
  • 2 tablespoons parsley

Sauce:

  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • ¼ cup flour
  • 3 cups beef broth
  • 2 teaspoons worcestershire sauce
  • ¼ cup heavy cream

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with foil.
  • Mix all meatball ingredients in a large bowl until well combined.
  • Roll mixture into balls and place on baking sheet.
  • Bake 30-40 minutes until cooked through.
  • Prepare the sauce by melting butter in a skillet over medium high heat.
  • Whisk in flour and allow to brown.
  • Add in broth and worcestershire sauce then cream.
  • Reduce heat slightly and allow sauce to thicken.
  • Season to taste.
  • Add meatballs to skillet and coat with sauce.
  • Garnish with parsley, serve, and enjoy!

Expert Tips

  • This Recipe Can be Doubled: This authentic Swedish meatballs recipe is crowd pleaser and great to bring to a pot luck. You can double the ingredients proportionally and cook in two batches.
  • Swedish Meatballs Traditional: Serve Swedish meatballs traditionally with mashed or boiled potatoes and lingonberry jam or cranberry sauce.
  • Swedish Meatballs with Pasta: Serve Swedish meatballs with egg noodles, using the meatball gravy as the pasta sauce. You can also add sautéed mushrooms for a beef stroganoff like pasta with Swedish meatballs.

Estimated Nutritional Information

Calories: 512kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 39g | Saturated Fat: 18g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 15g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 161mg | Sodium: 1067mg | Potassium: 517mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 716IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 71mg | Iron: 3mg
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Course: Appetizers and Dips, Main Dish, Side Dish
Cuisine: Swedish
Keyword: beef, heavy cream, meatballs, pork, sauce, swedish

This recipe is my personal adaption of an ethnic inspired recipe. It is not intended to be an authentic recipe.  I’ve recreated this recipe because I enjoy the flavors and I want to encourage my readers to expand their tastes and try new flavor combinations. The recipe, ingredients and processes may have been adapted to make the recipe accessible for the average American. I have provided links to authentic versions of the recipe in the post above. I encourage you to visit these pages and learn more about the traditional version(s) of this recipe.

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