Classic Swedish meatballs

Classic Swedish meatballs

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Cooking time

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 20 mins

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Serves 4

Now you can recreate the meatballs you've enjoyed on furniture shopping trips at home...

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Freezable
Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
301
protein
26g
carbs
22g
fat
13g
saturates
4g
fibre
1g
sugar
2g
salt
1.73g

Ingredients

  • 400g lean pork mince
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped or grated
  • 85g fresh white breadcrumbs
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped dill, plus extra to serve
  • 1 tbsp each olive oil and butter
  • 2 tbsp plain flour
  • 400ml hot beef stock (from a cube is fine)

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Method

  1. In a bowl, mix the mince with the egg, onion, breadcrumbs, dill and seasoning. Form into small meatballs about the size of walnuts – you should get about 20.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a large non-stick frying pan and brown the meatballs. You may have to do this in 2 batches. Remove from pan, melt the butter, then sprinkle over the flour and stir well. Cook for 2 mins, then slowly whisk in the stock. Keep whisking until it is a thick gravy, then return the meatballs to the pan and heat through. Sprinkle with dill and serve with cranberry jelly, greens and mash.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, May 2009

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sokelengl's picture
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This is a delicious recipe and it doesn't need a lot of preparation. It goes well with pasta. For anyone looking for authentic recipe, you may try to cook the sauce with sour cream.

Lisa
www.bakingfrenzy.com

karenmakeham's picture
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Excellent! I varied it with mince beef and dried mixed herbs. The gravy was lovely and I served it with spaghetti. My partner loved it!

spenny1971's picture
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Made for the first time today, they were fab!!

Will pay more attention to the sauce next time as I chucked it together and did a smaller quantity as there was only myself, bit to buttery on this occassion!! Well recommend the recipe!!

nbryan's picture
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ooh forgot I added a tablespoon of apple sauce to the gravy which worked really well!

nbryan's picture
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nom nom cheap easy and enjoyable.

laurenflincoln's picture
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I used beef mince and, as we are already deviating from authenticity, added a little lite soured cream and used chopped fresh basil instead of the dill. Served it with buttery noodles and steamed courgettes and it was very tasty.

nbryan's picture
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We both really enjoyed these. I did half beef half pork as thats what I had in and they were really nice. Also I added a tablespoon of apple sauce to the sauce that worked well. Will have thses again, there a great easy midweek meal.

kristina11's picture
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Mmmm really tasty :) Definitely would make them again

davestevens3's picture

I would suggest either frying or even microwaving the onion slightly before making the meatballs, as it tends not to cook fully otherwise.

I also add some creme fraiche to the sauce to make it slightly more creamy, and have had no problems using dried dill.

natashacooks's picture

Really good meal with mashed pot, gravy and a veg.
Def have to use dill and plain breadcrumbs-I tried flavoured breadcrums and died rosemary and they didnt turn out so nice.
Very good on the night but not very nice warmed up the nexr night, will cut in half next time to serve 2.

feebe09's picture
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Love this recipe, make it regularly as a demo piece for my students at work and they all love it!

crazycanuck's picture
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I've made this recipe a number of times and absolutely love it. I find the pork makes the meatballs taste lighter than beef would. It's become a family favourite.

dancingbunny's picture
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We loved them, I don't know if they're authentic or not, but they were very nice anyway. I usually use 50% beef and 50% pork for my meatballs, but this was a nice change. I didn't actually have any dill so I made do without. I didn't have any onion either so used 4 spring onions. Served with boiled potatoes and sugarsnap peas. My sauce was a little lumpy too but nobody seemed to mind and both my guests asked for the recipe, so all round success I think!

babybex's picture
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family fav, even my little girl whos only 9 months will clear her plate.

cynthiaellwood's picture

Absolutely delicious and so easy to make! Always a winner for our family!!!

jojosmiles's picture

Made these with trepidation for some Ikea meatball lovers!! I made it exactly to the recipe but uesd beef and added garlic to the sauce - and they told me they were better than the real thing!! Phew! Thanx!!

arellegee's picture
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Agree with Katy... this may not be authentic Swedish but if you want something similar to what you get in Ikea then this ticks all the boxes.

medikaty's picture
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Really like this recipe. It may not be authentic Swedish but it tastes authentic Ikea! Found that there may have been a bit too much flour though.

embellina616's picture

Really tasty! I added a pureed apple and a splash of cream to the sauce so it tastes more like the sauce from the furniture store...perfect. I also made twice as many meatballs and froze them for another time.

barton74's picture

Try adding a large tbsp of redcurrant jelly to this sauce when you add the stock - it works for me.

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