Swedish Meatballs II


This is an old, classic recipe for Swedish meatballs. Serve with sauteed vegetables and fresh bread.

Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
55 mins
4 servings


  • 6 tablespoons butter, divided

  • 1 onion, chopped

  • 1 cup dried bread crumbs

  • 1 cup evaporated milk, divided

  • 1 ½ pounds ground beef

  • 1 egg, beaten

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 1 pinch dried parsley

  • 1 ½ teaspoons all-purpose flour

  • 1 tablespoon tomato sauce

  • ground nutmeg to taste


  1. Melt 3 tablespoons butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and saute for 5 to 10 minutes, or until tender.

  2. In a separate bowl, combine the bread crumbs with 2 tablespoons of evaporated milk and stir, allowing the crumbs to absorb the milk. Add the ground beef, onion, egg, salt, ground black pepper and parsley to taste. Mix well and form into golf ball-sized meatballs.

  3. Heat remaining butter in the same skillet over medium- to medium-high heat and add the meatballs. Carefully shake the skillet to turn the meatballs, as needed. Saute for 10 to 15 minutes, or until meatballs are browned on all sides. Transfer the meatballs to a serving platter, reserving the liquid in the skillet.

  4. Add the flour to the skillet and stir until smooth. Then gradually add the evaporated milk, tomato sauce and nutmeg to taste; again stirring until mixture is warmed, smooth and creamy. Strain over meatballs.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

906 Calories
70g Fat
30g Carbs
39g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 906
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 70g 90%
Saturated Fat 33g 165%
Cholesterol 255mg 85%
Sodium 1124mg 49%
Total Carbohydrate 30g 11%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Total Sugars 9g
Protein 39g
Vitamin C 4mg 19%
Calcium 251mg 19%
Iron 5mg 28%
Potassium 719mg 15%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.