173 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 75
  • 4 star values: 52
  • 3 star values: 31
  • 2 star values: 9
  • 1 star values: 6

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

Marla
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified

Directions

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

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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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Nutrition Facts

906 calories; 70 g total fat; 255 mg cholesterol; 1124 mg sodium. 29.6 g carbohydrates; 38.5 g protein; Full Nutrition


Reviews (127)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
12/21/2003
Oh WOW were these ever good.. but I must warn you I altered the recipe a lot. After trying a few really bland recipe's I wanted some FLAVOR.. soooo Instead of cream of wheat I used Italian bread crumbs. I also added 1/2 tsp allspice 1 TSP worceschire sauce 1 tsp garlic powder and one package Lipton Onion Soup Mix to the meat... (I used 1/2 lb ground beef and 1/2 lb ground pork). I think Marla really hit it on the head with frying the meatballs instead of baking them initially. This really added a lot of flavor. I then used Jessica's sauce (1 can evaporated milk 1 can cream of chicken soup one can cream of mushroom soup and my own addition of 1/4 cup white wine. I have had authentic swedish meatballs in Sweden and these were much better!!! Thanks Marla
(198)

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
10/16/2006
Grim lack of real flavour - that condensed milk - what a very odd idea and look at the nutrition -- 900 calories mostly from fat and recommends sauteed vegetables that add to the problem! Try another recipe
(3)
173 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 75
  • 4 star values: 52
  • 3 star values: 31
  • 2 star values: 9
  • 1 star values: 6
Rating: 5 stars
12/21/2003
Oh WOW were these ever good.. but I must warn you I altered the recipe a lot. After trying a few really bland recipe's I wanted some FLAVOR.. soooo Instead of cream of wheat I used Italian bread crumbs. I also added 1/2 tsp allspice 1 TSP worceschire sauce 1 tsp garlic powder and one package Lipton Onion Soup Mix to the meat... (I used 1/2 lb ground beef and 1/2 lb ground pork). I think Marla really hit it on the head with frying the meatballs instead of baking them initially. This really added a lot of flavor. I then used Jessica's sauce (1 can evaporated milk 1 can cream of chicken soup one can cream of mushroom soup and my own addition of 1/4 cup white wine. I have had authentic swedish meatballs in Sweden and these were much better!!! Thanks Marla
(198)
Rating: 5 stars
12/27/2006
I am giving this a five star only cause I changed the recipe. I made the meatballs just like this recipe. I used the sauce recipe from Swedish Meatballs I. 1 can of cream of chicken soup 1 can of cream of mushroom soup and 1 can evaporated milk. Do not confuse evaporated milk with condensed milk. They are very different. They turned out excellent.
(83)
Rating: 5 stars
10/04/2006
The meatballs came out awesome. I followed the recipe exactly. I did use the sauce recipe from Swedish Meatballs I 1 can of cream of chicken soup 1 can of cream of mushroom soup and 1 can of condensed milk. Thanks for sharing.
(62)
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Rating: 5 stars
08/05/2003
I thought this meatballs were delicious. I just cannot follow the rules though so I did add some worstershire sauce and I used seasoned breadcrumbs. Also the gravy looked time consuming and I have no luck with gravies so I used Jessica's Swedish Meatball sauce containing cream of mush soup cream of chick soup and evaporated milk. I baked the meatballs for 40 minutes and it was absolutely delicious. Very flavorful and lots of gravy!
(41)
Rating: 5 stars
10/17/2006
I make the same recipe with some changes. I bake the meatballs at 350 till done on a cookie sheet. Put meatballs in baking dish. For the sauce I use the drippings 1 can evaporated milk 1 can cr. mushroom soup and 1/4 cup sour cream mixed together and poured over meatballs. Then bake them for about 2 hrs. on 300 or until sauce is the way you like it. We like the extra sauce to serve over mashed potatoes or noodles. I go really easy on the nutmeg. A little dill weed also is good if you like that flavor. This came from a Swede from the old country. The only difference is she used heavy cream and sour cream thickened with a little flour to pour over. A very good recipe we serve every Christmas as well as throughout the year.
(30)
Rating: 5 stars
09/19/2008
This rating review is for the meatballs only. After reading reviews from Swedish Meatballs I & II I made the meatballs from this recipe and the sauce from the other. Served over steamed veggies and egg noodles. My family loved this combination! I printed out the combined recipe to use during the winter months.
(23)
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Rating: 5 stars
08/25/2005
Delicious! Don't skip the nutmeg. You don't want a huge amount not enough to think "hmm there's nutmeg in this" just enough to enhance the other flavors. I think I'd like to try sour cream instead of evaporated milk in the sauce some time.
(18)
Rating: 5 stars
09/21/2008
This is a family favorite. These are very easy and so delicious. My hubby's all time favorite! I substituted ketchup for the tomato sauce used saltine crackers for bread and doubled the condensed milk to 4 T in the bread crumb mix and it turned out fabulous! Serves 4. Reheats well as leftovers if you are lucky to have any. I've made this one over and over again...always wonderful!
(17)
Rating: 3 stars
01/24/2011
This sounds like a great recipe for meatballs. The way we do the sauce in Sweden is a little different from this recipe. We use to serve a cream- or a brown sauce to the meatballs. I give you an example of how we are doing: Add the flour to the liquid you got after you fried the meatballs. Stir and then add ordinary milk..or half milk and half cream. Then add some soya and spice with salt and pepper. Serve the meatballs with boiled potato sauce and lingonberry jam. This is how we use to eat meatballs in Sweden.
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