Remember those trips to Ikea where the budget-friendly furniture finds are the last things on your mind but all you can think about are those amazing Swedish meatballs? Well, that was always me and friends, at least. But since I’ve moved, my nearest Ikea is in the middle of the most trafficked area in the entire city so it’s really hard to get my Swedish meatball fix when needed. Thankfully, I’ve found a homemade version that tastes even better than the original. These Swedish meatballs have been on my bucket list for nearly 3 years, and I’m so glad to finally cross this off my list. I don’t know why it took me so long to make it – it’s so easy to make and it really tastes a million times better than the Ikea version. Plus, you can always make a huge batch of meatballs (by either doubling or tripling the recipe) and storing the uncooked meatballs in the freezer. When you have that Swedish meatball craving, you can just defrost them overnight. So simple and easy, right?
INGREDIENTS 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided 1 onion, diced 1 pound ground beef 1 pound ground pork 1/2 cup Panko 2 large egg yolks 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
FOR THE GRAVY 1/4 cup unsalted butter 1/3 cup all-purpose flour 4 cups beef broth 3/4 cup sour cream Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves
Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion, and cook, stirring frequently, until onions have become translucent, about 2-3 minutes. In a large bowl, combine ground beef, ground pork, Panko, egg yolks, allspice, nutmeg and cooked onion; season with salt and pepper, to taste. Using a wooden spoon or clean hands, stir until well combined. Roll the mixture into 1 1/4-to-1 1/2-inch meatballs, forming about 24 meatballs.
Add remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil to the skillet. Add meatballs, in batches, and cook until all sides are browned, about 4-5 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate. To make the gravy, melt butter in the skillet. Whisk in flour until lightly browned, about 1 minute. Gradually whisk in beef broth and cook, whisking constantly, until slightly thickened, about 1-2 minutes. Stir in sour cream; season with salt and pepper, to taste. Stir in meatballs and cook, stirring occasionally, until heated through and thickened, about 8-10 minutes. Serve Swedish meatballs immediately, garnished with parsley, if desired.
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