Mouthwatering Swedish Meatballs: Cancel the IKEA Trip!

swedish meatballsSure IKEA makes some mean Swedish meatballs, but you can make some pretty great ones in the comfort of your own home anytime without winding your way through a maze of home furnishings.

I wish I could tell you I'm Swedish, and that my family has eaten Swedish meatballs for centuries, but really, I'm Irish and just like them. So do my husband and my children, and thus they have become a staple in my dinner rotation.

Here's a simple recipe I like from Epicurious:

Swedish Meatballs

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 3/4 cup bread crumbs, soaked in 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 small onion, grated and drained
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons flour (any kind)
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup sour cream (light sour works well, but I would avoid fat free)

  • 1. Combine the first 8 ingredients. Form the mixture into 1-inch balls.

    2. Place 3/4 of the butter in a skillet over medium-high heat. Brown the meatballs for about 10 minutes.

    3. Remove them and most of the fat. Stir the flour and the remaining butter into the pan.

    4. Add the broth. Simmer until it thickens, about 2 minutes.

    5. Strain it with a sieve to remove clumps. Return it to the pan.

    6. Reduce heat to low; stir in the sour cream.

    7. Return the meatballs to the pan for 1 minute.

    We like to serve them over whole wheat egg noodles. 


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