Classic Swedish meatballs

Classic Swedish meatballs

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(49 ratings)

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 20 mins


Serves 4
Now you can recreate the meatballs you've enjoyed on furniture shopping trips at home...

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal301
  • fat13g
  • saturates4g
  • carbs22g
  • sugars2g
  • fibre1g
  • protein26g
  • salt1.73g
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  • 400g lean pork mince
  • 1 egg, beaten



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  • 1 small onion, finely chopped or grated



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  • 85g fresh white breadcrumbs
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped dill, plus extra to serve
  • 1 tbsp each olive oil and butter
    olive oil

    Olive oil

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  • 2 tbsp plain flour
  • 400ml hot beef stock (from a cube is fine)


  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.

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19th Dec, 2013
Love this recipe! Added cream for extra indulgence, garlic and chillies for extra flavour :) If you have no dill, fresh thyme also works really well.
5th Dec, 2013
Classic Sandwich Meatballs... Sounds Amazing... Thanks for sharing this magnificent recipe with us... I really like this Meat Balls Cake :) Great Job ! Thank You.
4th Nov, 2013
This was really nice - and didn't taste anything like IKEA ;-)
27th Oct, 2013
My daughter wouldn't eat the meatballs from the 'furniture shop' after my son told her they were made from reindeer meat! It's nice to be able to indulge again with visibly not reindeer meat. I use a beef and pork mix, and add a tablespoon of light cream to the gravy before serving - lush!
22nd Oct, 2013
Great! My wife and I loved this recipe: easy to make, cheap, and very tasty.
4th May, 2013
We all really enjoyed this recipe, easy and economical. I served it with carrot, swede potato mash. Will deffo be making this again
25th Feb, 2013
It´s only in southern Sweden you use pork and dill. In the rest of the country we eat beef meatballs with boiled potatoes, creamsauce based on gravy, pickled cucumber and jam from lingonberries. Trust me, I´m Swedish.
23rd Jan, 2013
A very simple dish to make and the meatballs were delicious - will definitely make this dish again.
28th Oct, 2012
these meatballs were so yummy very ikea I did add a teaspoon of bovril just to give it a bit more of a meaty taste, they went down really well with the family and I will definately be making them again
11th Dec, 2014
This is nothing like an authentic Svensk meatball. All spice and ginger are key as well as a little finely chopped onion, certainly not a whole one!


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