Swedish Meatballs

Today we decided to make our version of the iconic IKEA Swedish Meatballs. A fact that you may not have known is that the Swedish meatballs are actually based on a recipe from Turkey and was brought by King Charles XII in the 18th century.

Meatball Ingredients
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1/2 cup panko bread crumb
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • salt and pepper
Gravy Ingredients
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 4 cups beef broth
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • salt and pepper
  • chopped fresh parsley leaves
  • Lingonberry sauce

  • Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a skillet over medium heat
  • Saute chopped onions for 2-3 minutes
  • In a large bowl, mix together ground beef, ground pork, sauteed onion, panko bread crumb, 2 large egg yolks, allspice and nutmeg. Season with salt and pepper to taste
  • Roll the mixture into 1 to 1 1/2 inch sized meatballs
  • Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in the skillet over medium heat
  • Brown meatballs on all sides in batches, 4-5 minutes, set aside

  • For the gravy, melt 1/4 cup butter in the used skillet
  • Whisk 1/3 cup flour into the melted butter
  • Slowly whisk in the 4 cups beef broth and cook
  • Once slightly thickened stir in 1/4 cup sour cream
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Add meatballs and simmer 8-10 minutes until cooked all the way through
  • Serve garnished with parsley and lingonberry sauce