Famous Swedish meatballs

Famous Swedish meatballs

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

Chef John

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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