Swedish Meatballs

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Who doesn’t like meatballs? There are so many ways to serve them. There are those meatballs in barbecue sauce that are served at parties. Spaghetti with meatballs is an Italian favorite. And then there are Swedish meatballs.

Italian sauce is usually in a tart, tomato based sauce, where as the Swedish version uses a cream base. Traditionally served over potatoes, we had it over noodles. It’s delicious and easy. This recipe includes the meatballs, but you can make it super simple and use premade too.

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A good way to do that is make a big batch of meatballs and freeze them on a cookie sheet. After they are frozen, place them in a freezer bag. Freezing them flat first makes it easy to take out just what you need each time!

Ready to get cooking?

Here’s How to Do it:

Start with the meatballs. Prep all the ingredients then mix them together in a large bowl.

Using clean hands, form meatballs and set them aside.

Heat 1/8 cup canola oil and brown each meatball, turning carefully to brown both sides. Cover the pan and cook on medium-low until they are cooked through and hold their shape.

Using a slotted spoon, move to a warm dish.

Next make the sauce. Melt the butter in a heavy sauce pan on medium-low heat. (I used the same pan that I cooked the meatballs in).

Add the flour and cook until it becomes lightly golden and smells nutty. Stir it constantly to prevent burning. It will take four or five minutes.

Slowly whisk in the milk and simmer on low until it thickens.

Stir in the sour cream and add salt and pepper to taste.

And finally, stir the meatballs into the sauce. 

Top with the paprika and stir gently.

Serve over hot potatoes or noodles.

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Bon Appetit!

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Swedish Style Meatballs

Meatballs with a cream sauce served over potatoes or noodles!

Course: Main Course, main dish
Cuisine: American, Swedish
Keyword: beef, cream sauce, meatballs, noodles, potatoes
Servings: 4 servings
Author: HelenFern
Ingredients
Meatballs
  • 1 pound ground beef, you can use a combination of beef and pork
  • 1/4 cup unseasoned breadcrumbs
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon crushed garlic, but 2 cloves
  • 1 Tablespoon chopped parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/8 cup canola oil, for frying
Sauce
  • ¼ cup butter1/3 cup flour¼ cup meatball drippings (with all the onion that fell out)2 cups milkSalt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup salted butter
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup meatball drippings (with the onion pieces that fell out)
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon sweet paprika
  • salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
Meatballs
  1. Start with the meatballs. Prep all the ingredients then mix them together in a large bowl.

  2. Using clean hands, form meatballs and set them aside.

  3. Heat 1/8 cup canola oil and brown each meatball, turning carefully to brown both sides. Cover the pan and cook on medium-low until they are cooked through and hold their shape.

  4. Using a slotted spoon, move to a warm plate.

Sauce
  1. Next make the sauce. Melt the butter in a heavy sauce pan on medium-low heat.

  2. Add the flour and cook until it becomes lightly golden and smells nutty. Stir it constantly to prevent burning. It will take four or five minutes.

  3. Slowly whisk in the milk and nutmeg and simmer on low until it thickens.

  4. Stir in the sour cream and add salt and pepper to taste.

  5. And finally, stir the meatballs into the sauce. Top with the paprika and stir gently.

  6. Serve over hot potatoes or noodles.

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