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Saturday, April 10, 2010

Swedish Meatballs Recipe

I love meatballs done in various sauces and one that I really like to make are Swedish meatballs. This recipe is suitable to use for Italian meatballs in tomato sauce or even with a satay or chilli sauce.
If you like the traditional Swedish sauce that they serve with theirs, then I have included one that was given to me by a friend who had a swedish mother-in-law and she says that it is an authentic recipe. In the states you can purchase beef gravy in a can and you just add some light cream to that and heat in a sucepan. I haven't seen it in Australia so always make my own.


1 small brown onion - finely chopped
1 tablespoon oil
1 tablespoon butter
extra tablespoon butter
300g lean minced steak
300g minced pork
1 large cold boiled potato
1/2 cup dried breadcrumbs (can use wholemeal)
1 cup milk
1 egg - lightly beaten
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice (optional)


Gently saute onion in the tablespoon butter until just transparent and take off heat to cool.
Soak the breadcrumbs in milk for 8 - 10 minutes.
Mash potato and place in a large mixing bowl.
Add all other ingredients apart from oil and extra butter.
Shape mixture into small balls about the size of a walnut.
Using clean frypan, fry the meatballs slowly, in the oil and butter, until browned on both sides.
transfer to a plate that has been covered in paper towels, to drain off excess oils.
Place on dinner plates and pour over the cream sauce. Serve with lingonberry jam, ( a Swedish fruit) mashed potatoes and some green beans.


100 ml cream
200ml light beef stock (or half stock, half water)
1 desertspoon corn flour
little light soy sauce to taste
salt and pepper to taste

To make, blend flour with some of the cream to make a smooth thin paste. Add the stock, soy sauce, seasoning and remaining cream. Stir over a low to moderate heat in a small saucepan. Make sure you stir continuously so it doesn't become lumpy. When it boils, reduce heat and simmer for a couple of minutes.