Swedish Meatball Recipe
The Best Swedish Meatball Recipe
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1 hr 20 min
1 hr 20 min
- 2 Tbsp butter
- 1 large onion (grated)
- 2/3 cup milk
- 5 slices of bread (cubed, without crust)
- 2 eggs
- 2 1/2 pounds ground beef
- 2 tsp salt
- 2 tsp pepper
- 1 tsp freshly ground nutmeg
- 1 tsp ground cardamom
- 6 Tbsp butter
- 1/3 C. flour
- 1 quart beef stock
- 1/2 C. sour cream
- Salt & Pepper to taste
- Melt the butter in a sauté pan on medium heat.
- Stir in the grated onion and cook until translucent and softened, 3-4 minutes.
- Set aside to cool.
- Put cubed bread and milk in a large bowl.
- Let sit for 15 to 20 minutes for the bread to absorb all of the milk.
- Once the bread has soaked up the milk put the bread in a food processor or hand mixer to mash up.
- Place it back in the bowl.
- There should be no chunks left of bread.
- Mix the cooled onions, milk bread mixture, spices and eggs in to your ground meat.
- Mix by hand until combined.
- Do not over work the meat.
- Using your hands or a cookie scoop make about 1 inch thich meatballs and place on a pan.
- Heat 6 T.butter in a large skillet.
- When butter is hot start adding meatballs, working in small batches.
- Brown on each side.
- Don't cook them all the way through, they will continue to cook in the sauce.
- Remove once browned and place on a pan lined with paper towels.
- If you still have 6 T. butter in the pan that is not burnt continue.
- Otherwise clean the pan and add 6 more tablespoons.
- Heat the butter and slowly add the flour whisking constantly.
- Cook several minutes all the while whisking to maintain a non lumpy consistency.
- The roux should be a café au lait brown.
- When the roux is brown add the stock.
- Add slowly and whisk so it doesn't get lumpy.
- It will be quite thick at first but it will gradually become very velvety.
- Add the meatballs back in to the sauce.
- Cook 10 minutes.
- Remove from heat and add sour cream.
- Traditionally Swedish meatballs are served with Lingonberry. I serve the meatballs over mashed potatoes or buttered noodles. Let me know if you try the recipe!
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