Famous Swedish meatballs

    1 hour 5 min

    Serve these Swedish meatballs the traditional way, with boiled potatoes and lingonberry preserves, for a delicious meal that the whole family will enjoy!

    24 people made this

    Serves: 6 

    • For the meatballs
    • 2 tablespoons butter
    • 1/2 onion, finely chopped
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons fine salt
    • 4 tablespoons milk
    • 2 large eggs
    • 35g breadcrumbs
    • 3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
    • 1 pinch cayenne pepper, or to taste
    • 450g minced beef steak
    • 450g minced pork
    • For the sauce
    • 2 tablespoons butter
    • 3 tablespoons plain flour
    • 750ml beef stock
    • 120ml cream
    • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
    • 1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
    • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

    Prep:30min  ›  Cook:35min  ›  Ready in:1hr5min 

    1. Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a large pan over medium heat. Cook and stir onion and 1 1/2 teaspoons salt in butter until onion begins to soften, about 6 minutes.
    2. Transfer onion mixture to a large bowl. Add milk, eggs, breadcrumbs, black pepper, nutmeg, allspice and cayenne pepper to the breadcrumb mixture; stir to combine.
    3. Mix beef and pork into the breadcrumb mixture. Cover with cling film and refrigerate for 1 hour.
    4. Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a large pan over medium heat; whisk flour into butter and cook until golden brown, 4 to 5 minutes. Slowly whisk beef stock into butter mixture.
    5. Increase heat to medium-high, whisk cream into mixture and bring to a simmer. Stir in sugar and Worcestershire sauce. Simmer until slightly thickened, 6 to 7 minutes. Season with salt and black pepper. Remove from heat and set aside.
    6. Preheat oven to 220 C / Gas 7. Line a baking tray with foil and lightly grease with oil or cooking spray.
    7. Roll 2 to 3 tablespoons meatball mixture into a ball using wet hands; repeat with remaining meatball mixture. Place meatballs on the prepared tray.
    8. Bake in the preheated oven until browned, about 20 minutes.
    9. Transfer meatballs to the sauce and cook over medium-low heat until warmed through, about 5 minutes.

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    The aroma of these as I was mixing them were wonderful, and the flavor was great too. However, there are a few key ingredients left out of the original recipe post, so this is how I made my gravy: 2 T butter 1/4 cup flour 1.5 cups beef stock 1/2 cup cream 1/2 teaspoon sugar 1 teaspoon Worchestershire sauce 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon pepper The recipe doesn't say how many meatballs this made. Making 2-3 tablespoon-sized meatballs gave me about 34 pretty big meatballs (like, spaghetti-and-meatball size versus IKEA meatball size), which needed to cook longer than the 20 minutes allotted. Mine ended up cooking for 40 minutes, and were slightly tough on the outside, and the temp only got to 150 inside with my thermometer, but they were definitely done. I think next time I will cook for a little longer at a lower temp to not have the outside so overdone. Also, the recipe called for making the gravy before making the meatballs, but I would definitely make the gravy AFTER they are cooked since it really doesn't take more than a few minutes to whisk up. The amount of gravy made with my measurements there only really coated about half the recipe (the hubby is a gravy fanatic, plus we wanted some for the potatoes too), so I'd at least double it next time since it's very thick, and doesn't stretch far. Because I was waiting so long for the meatballs to cook, the gravy got super thick, but a little splash of beef stock helped loosen it as I warmed it back up on the stove.  -  16 Feb 2013  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    I want to try these meatballs, however in the instructions, #5 states to whisk in Worcestershire sauce. I don't see that in the ingredient list. How much do you use?  -  14 Feb 2013  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    I just viewed Chef John's video for the Swedish Meatballs. This dish has always been one of my favorites and I have been looking for a recipe which tastes great. This one is the recipe I've been looking for. BTW, the video was most instructive and his delivery was very entertaining. I found your sense of humor to be very much like my own.  -  18 Sep 2013  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)