Swedish cranberry meatballs

Swedish cranberry meatballs

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Prep: 20 mins Cook: 15 mins Plus chilling


Makes 25
Make Scandinavian-style meatballs flecked with fruit and serve with a lingonberry dip

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable

Nutrition: per meatball

  • kcal69
  • fat4g
  • saturates2g
  • carbs3g
  • sugars3g
  • fibre0g
  • protein4g
  • salt0g
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  • 2 tbsp sunflower oil
    Sunflower oil

    Sunflower oil

    Sunflower oil is made from pressing sunflower seeds and extracting the oil. It's usually…

  • 1 onion, finely diced



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • ½ tsp ground mace
  • 500g minced beef
  • 100g dried cranberries
  • 1 egg yolk
  • cranberry or lingonberry sauce, to serve


  1. Heat half the oil in a saucepan. Add the onion and cook gently until soft, then add the mace and cook for 1 min more. Cool.

  2. Put the mince into a bowl with the cooled onion, cranberries, egg yolk and plenty of seasoning. Mix well with your hands, then shape into walnut-sized balls. Chill for at least 10 mins or up to 2 days.

  3. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Pour the remaining oil into a baking tray and roll the meatballs in it to coat. Bake for 20 mins until cooked through. Serve hot with the berry sauce for dipping.

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25th Sep, 2015
I thought I would try this as there weren't too many ingredients and I had everything (I used cinnamon instead of Mace, and according to the internet you could also replace mace with spices like ginger, allspice, nutmeg etc). I wasn't sure what to expect, but they were really lovely (I seasoned with a little sea salt and black pepper before cooking). I had a jar of caramelised red onion and cranberry and put this on the side of the plate. I had used red onion in the meatballs so it all worked well together. Would definitely use this if I needed to make some snack food as I think people would be pleasantly surprised at how tasty these are.
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