Almost-Famous Swedish Meatballs

  • prep time15 min
  • total time 50 min
  • serves 45

Spiced Swedish meatballs with gravy and served with Lingonberry jam.

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Directions for: Almost-Famous Swedish Meatballs


For the meatballs

1 cup breadcrumbs

2 Tbsp unsalted butter

⅓ cup minced white onion

2 cloves garlic, minced

¼ tsp ground allspice

Kosher salt and freshly ground white pepper

½ cup milk

1 tsp Worcestershire sauce

¾ lb(s) lean ground beef

½ lb(s) lean ground pork

1 large egg plus 1 egg white, beaten

Vegetable oil, for brushing

For the gravy

2 Tbsp unsalted butter

2 Tbsp all-purpose flour

1 ½ cups low-sodium beef broth

1 tsp Worcestershire sauce

¼ cup heavy cream

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

2 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley (optional)

Lingonberry jam, for serving (optional)


For the meatballs

1. Put the breadcrumbs in a large bowl. Heat the butter in a skillet over medium heat. Add the onion, garlic, allspice, 2 teaspoons salt and 1/4 teaspoon white pepper and cook, stirring, until soft, about 5 minutes. Add the milk and Worcestershire sauce and bring to a simmer. Pour the milk mixture over the breadcrumbs and stir to make a thick paste; let cool. Add the beef, pork, egg and egg white to the bowl and mix until combined.

2. Brush a baking sheet with vegetable oil. Roll the meat into 1-inch balls and arrange on the prepared baking sheet. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 1 hour.

3. Preheat the oven to 400ºF. Bake the meatballs until cooked through, about 20 minutes.

For the gravy

1. Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the flour and cook, whisking, until smooth. Whisk in the beef broth and Worcestershire sauce and bring to a simmer. Add the cream and meatballs. Reduce the heat to medium low and simmer until the gravy thickens, about 10 minutes. Season with salt and black pepper. Transfer to a serving dish; sprinkle with the parsley and serve with lingonberry jam, if desired.

Source and Credits

Recipe courtesy Food Network Magazine

Photograph by Kang Kim

See more: Pork, Beef, Appetizer, Main

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