Creamy Swedish meatballs

Creamy Swedish meatballs

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(29 ratings)

Prep: 5 mins Cook: 15 mins


Serves 4
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Nutrition and extra info

  • Freeze raw meatballs only
  • Easily doubled / halved

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal236
  • fat12g
  • saturates4g
  • carbs3g
  • sugars2g
  • fibre0g
  • protein29g
  • salt0.21g
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  • 1 onion, finely chopped



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  • 450g minced pork (or lamb)
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 3 sprigs dill, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 3-4 tbsp soured cream


  1. Mix together the onion, pork, egg yolk and half the dill in a bowl. Lightly wet your hands, then shape the mixture into 12 balls, each about the size of golf ball.

  2. Heat the oil in a large frying pan. Tip in the meatballs and fry, turning often, for about 12-15 mins until golden all over. Mix together sour cream and remaining dill, then spoon over the meatballs. Serve with mashed potato or tagliatelle.

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Comments (27)

jule955's picture

Very good. I find there's too much onion - especially as cutting it thin enough is hard and it keeps sticking out of the meatballs. Also, the second time I made it, the sauce curdled. Still nice, but it didn't look as appetizing.

flowergirl0113's picture

Very nice. Would make this again with a few tweaks. Would probably make a gravy to go with them as I found the sour cream just disappeared into the meatballs, making the dish a tad dry. I think I would add the sour cream to some mash , yum. Or maybe I would add milk as fishnchips did

josephina86's picture

I used lamb (which always helps with flavour!) and all in all this is a solid recipe. I used chives instead of dill which had sold out and served with tagliatelle. It was meaty, creamy and filling which is hard to beat. A little lemon and something else might have been nice but it's all about experimenting. My top tip to stop them falling apart is to grate the onion rather than chop it. Takes a bit longer but they stay together beautifully.

sammendez1's picture

I wasn't too keen on this - the only flavour comes from the dill. I added a little garlic but still nothing.
Served with tagliatelle as suggested but wouldn't make again.

fonzyfi's picture

Strange in flavour but nice to taste something different.

Think my pan may have been too hot when i added the sour cream as it started to split causing the texture to be a little bit odd!

Nice though!

sportynane's picture

Thanks for the tips in extra seasonings. I also used, pork, lamb & hamburg. Mixed all three as my granny always did. And the sour cream makes it special just as hers was. We had it w/ peas, & mashed of course. They freezed wonderfully, cooked or uncooked. I freeze them on a cookie sheet first idividually then put them in a freeze bag and they have done wonderul.
mmmmmmmm !!

ummyusuf's picture

Very yummy but needs a bit more sauce. Some veg on the side with the mash is good too.

mizzy44's picture

I can't wait to try these, and love all the suggestions for 'little extras', like the sherry!!

momotate's picture

oops forgot to submit my stars. a definate 5.

momotate's picture

Family loved it. Simple is always the best. I did use ground turkey and baked the meatballs. Then tossed in a warm pan with sour cream and dill. I increased the sour creamand a splash of milk enough to make a bit of sauce for parsley buttered noodles. A great quick meal for after work.

lesley1142's picture

Really tasty meatballs. I served with rice and mash and it was enjoyed by all my family. I would say that the cooking time needs to be extended quite a bit to ensure meat cooked properly. I finished them off under the grill for an extra bit of crispiness.

cwal10's picture

I also fry the onion till it is brown and then add to the mince, I also add chopped garlic to it as well. At the end I remove the meatballs from the pan add a splash of sherry and simmer for 1 minute add the sour cream and serve over the meatballs.

dylan0572's picture

delicious with instant mash.

lindsay1983's picture

Absolutely amazing! Made it with pork, left the dill out and seasoned well. Very nice!

potto1's picture

My family and I did not like this at all...........

sarah_llew's picture

These were so delicious served with chips loganberry jelly and the ikea meatball sauce yummm

rozmorgan's picture

Made this for boyfriend and room mate with tagliatelle. We used qourn meatballs. It was devoured almost before I had time to get myself a plate!

lynette02's picture

really nice family recipe went well with tagliatelle children and adults enjoyed this one!!

emsmile's picture

This is a lovely realy lovely recipe but a few the meatballs crumbled in the pan however most survived and they were yummy.

krissyb's picture

Really like this one! We have it with tagliatelle which works really well!


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