The Best Swedish Meatball Recipe


Swedish Meatball Recipe
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The Best Swedish Meatball Recipe
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 20 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 20 min
  1. 2 Tbsp butter
  2. 1 large onion (grated)
  3. 2/3 cup milk
  4. 5 slices of bread (cubed, without crust)
  5. 2 eggs
  6. 2 1/2 pounds ground beef
  7. 2 tsp salt
  8. 2 tsp pepper
  9. 1 tsp freshly ground nutmeg
  10. 1 tsp ground cardamom
  1. 6 Tbsp butter
  2. 1/3 C. flour
  3. 1 quart beef stock
  4. 1/2 C. sour cream
  5. Salt & Pepper to taste
  1. Melt the butter in a sauté pan on medium heat.
  2. Stir in the grated onion and cook until translucent and softened, 3-4 minutes.
  3. Set aside to cool.
  4. Put cubed bread and milk in a large bowl.
  5. Let sit for 15 to 20 minutes for the bread to absorb all of the milk.
  6. Once the bread has soaked up the milk put the bread in a food processor or hand mixer to mash up.
  7. Place it back in the bowl.
  8. There should be no chunks left of bread.
  9. Mix the cooled onions, milk bread mixture, spices and eggs in to your ground meat.
  10. Mix by hand until combined.
  11. Do not over work the meat.
  12. Using your hands or a cookie scoop make about 1 inch thich meatballs and place on a pan.
  13. Heat 6 T.butter in a large skillet.
  14. When butter is hot start adding meatballs, working in small batches.
  15. Brown on each side.
  16. Don't cook them all the way through, they will continue to cook in the sauce.
  17. Remove once browned and place on a pan lined with paper towels.
  18. If you still have 6 T. butter in the pan that is not burnt continue.
  19. Otherwise clean the pan and add 6 more tablespoons.
  20. Heat the butter and slowly add the flour whisking constantly.
  21. Cook several minutes all the while whisking to maintain a non lumpy consistency.
  22. The roux should be a café au lait brown.
  23. When the roux is brown add the stock.
  24. Add slowly and whisk so it doesn't get lumpy.
  25. It will be quite thick at first but it will gradually become very velvety.
  26. Add the meatballs back in to the sauce.
  27. Cover.
  28. Cook 10 minutes.
  29. Remove from heat and add sour cream.
  1. 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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