Alton Brown's Swedish Meatballs
- prep time30 min
- total time 55 min
- serves 4 - 6
Yield: Approximately 30 meatballs, or 4-6 servings.
2 slices fresh white bread
¼ cup milk
3 Tbsp clarified butter, divided
½ cup finely chopped onion
1 pinch kosher salt
¾ lb(s) ground chuck
¾ lb(s) ground pork
2 egg yolks
½ tsp black pepper
¼ tsp ground allspice
¼ tsp freshly grated nutmeg
¼ cup all-purpose flour
3 cups beef broth
¼ cup heavy cream
1. Preheat oven to 200ºF.
2. Tear the bread into pieces and place in a small mixing bowl along with the milk. Set aside.
3. In a 12-inch straight sided saute pan over medium heat, melt 1 tablespoon of the butter. Add the onion and a pinch of salt and sweat until the onions are soft. Remove from the heat and set aside.
4. In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the bread and milk mixture, ground chuck, pork, egg yolks, 1 teaspoon of kosher salt, black pepper, allspice, nutmeg, and onions. Beat on medium speed for 1 to 2 minutes.
5. Using a scale, weigh meatballs into 1-ounce portions and place on a sheet pan. Using your hands, shape the meatballs into rounds.
6. Heat the remaining butter in the sauté pan over medium-low heat, or in an electric skillet set to 250ºF. Add the meatballs and sauté until golden brown on all sides, about 7 to 10 minutes. Remove the meatballs to an ovenproof dish using a slotted spoon and place in the warmed oven.
7. Once all of the meatballs are cooked, decrease the heat to low and add the flour to the pan or skillet. Whisk until lightly browned, approximately 1 to 2 minutes. Gradually add the beef stock and whisk until sauce begins to thicken. Add the cream and continue to cook until the gravy reaches the desired consistency. Remove the meatballs from the oven, cover with the gravy and serve.