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The Best Swedish Meatballs Recipe!

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Ikea is famous for its furniture, but they are also widely famous for their Swedish meatballs. My first experience with Swedish meatballs was not an Ikea one. Growing up in Hawaii, I had never heard of Swedish meatballs. So when my husband said he wanted some, I challenged myself to make it and satisfy his craving. The first time I tasted the sauce, I remember my exact words, “Hmm, this is different.” My husband responded with a concerned tone. He tasted the sauce and relaxed, “Babe, this is exactly how they are supposed to taste!”

This recipe from the calls for just beef, but I suggest halving it with ground pork to give it an extra depth of flavor. More importantly, I would not recommend following the instructions on how to cook the meatballs. Just brown them over the heat, and put them into an oven safe pan instead. When I first made this recipe, I followed it exactly. The meatballs took a long time to cook and even looked burnt. It was disappointing to work so hard on something and for it to not turn out exactly how you wanted. The one thing that I do not fault this recipe for is the Swedish meatball gravy. It was absolutely delicious! I’d recommend using this gravy for any pairing of mashed potatoes. I would use this recipe again, but make my little tweaks so that the result is tender juicy Swedish meatballs.

Course: DinnerCuisine: SwedishDifficulty: Hard


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Husband’s rating: Only on special occasions


  • For the meatball
  • 1/2 pound ground pork

  • 1/2 pound ground beef

  • 1/4 cup panko breadcrumbs

  • 1 Tbsp fresh parsley chopped

  • 1/4 tsp ground allspice

  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg

  • 1/4 cup onion finely chopped

  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder

  • 1/8 tsp pepper

  • 1/2 tsp salt

  • 1 egg

  • 1 Tbsp olive oil

  • For the gravy
  • 5 Tbsp unsalted butter

  • 3 Tbsp all-purpose flour

  • 2 cups beef broth

  • 1 cup heavy cream

  • 1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce

  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard

  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • In a medium bowl combine the ground beef, pork, panko, fresh parsley, allspice, nutmeg, onion, garlic powder, pepper, salt and egg.
  • Mix until combined.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Roll into 20 meatballs. In a large skillet, heat olive oil and 1 Tbsp of the butter. Add in the meatballs and cook turning continuously until brown on all sides.
  • While meatballs are browning, make the gravy. (Use a oven proof pan)
  • Add the remaining 4 Tbsp of butter and flour. Whisk until it turns a light brown. Slowly stir in the beef broth and heavy cream. Add Worcestershire sauce and Dijon mustard and bring to simmer until sauce starts to thicken. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Once sauce is thick, add in your browned meatballs and cook in preheated oven at 350 for 3040 minutes until cooked. (Temperature should read 160 degrees)
  • Serve over egg noodles, mashed potatoes or rice.

TIps and Tricks

  • For the meatballs, use half portion of ground beef and ground pork.
  • Brown meatballs on all sides and place in the oven instead of cooking thoroughly in the pan.
  • You can use regular breadcrumbs instead of panko breadcrumbs.
  • Prep these meatballs in advance and freeze them uncooked for future dinners on the fly!


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