My family's favorite Finnish meal is these Lihapyorykoita (Finnish Meatballs) with Punajuuret (Beets), and Perunasose (Mashed Potatoes). Serve with cranberry sauce, I personally like a quarter of a pickle on the side.


Recipe Summary

20 mins
30 mins
50 mins
4 servings


Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Instructions Checklist
  • Mix the ground beef, bread crumbs, onion, egg, cream, salt, and allspice in a bowl with your hands until evenly mixed. Roll the mixture into golf ball-sized spheres.

  • Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook about half the meatballs in the melted butter until evenly browned on all sides, 5 to 7 minutes; remove to a plate and repeat with the remaining meatballs, keeping the liquid in the skillet when finished.

  • Sift the flour into the skillet drippings; cook the flour in the skillet drippings until brown, 2 to 3 minutes. Slowly stream the milk into the skillet while whisking vigorously; pour the cream into the mixture and stir until smooth. If you aren't good at making gravy and end up with some lumps you can pour the gravy through a strainer. Return all the meatballs to the skillet; stir to coat with the gravy. Bring the mixture to a simmer and cook until the meatballs are cooked through, 15 to 20 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

747 calories; protein 33.2g 66% DV; carbohydrates 35.5g 12% DV; fat 52.6g 81% DV; cholesterol 242.6mg 81% DV; sodium 1603mg 64% DV. Full Nutrition

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76 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 43
  • 4 star values: 15
  • 3 star values: 9
  • 2 star values: 5
  • 1 star values: 4
Rating: 5 stars
Dont you hate it when people rate a recipe with a low rating and they obviously didnt make the dish? If you think 1 cup of whipping cream is too much that is fine you dont have to make the dish. BUT That is not a reason to give it a low rating. I found this dish to be just about perfect. The seasoning was great and the taste was delicious! Thank you for much! I will make this again. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
My family like my leaner version of this. I used ground turkey and used evaporated milk where the recipe called for whipping cream. Also added a little bit of canola oi/butter to wet my flour after I browned the meatballs(not as much fat in turkey as in beef).Good recipe! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Wonderful exactly as written. I was a little worried about the lack of seasoning in the sauce but the drippings from the meatballs flavor it perfectly. I served over egg noodles. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
HYVAA just like when I was growing up. Very good recipe. Nothing needs to be added or changed Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Very good as is I would not change a thing! The meatballs came out tender and moist with lots of flavor! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
A delicious comfort food. Reminds me of Swedish meatballs which I adore. As the previous reviewer said this recipe tastes great exactly as written. Will make it again....and again...and again! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
As written an instant family favorite--I second the other review that says nothing needs to be changed. The whole family (husband children 3 and 1 and myself) wanted seconds. Tasty economical comfort food. Can't wait to make it again! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
To eliminate the cream and milk - brown the meatballs in olive oil - 1 tbsp. Remove them then melt 1tbsp butter in pan sprinkle on 2 tbsp flour & stir well. Cook for a couple of minutes then slowly whisk in approx. 400ml of hot beef stock(from a cube works well). This gives you a nice thick gravy. Return meatballs to pan and cook through. I use turkey mince also and they are good with cranberry jelly greens and mash. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Kiitos! Kiitoksia! Paljon kiitoksia! I could never remember everything that Aiti and my Mummu used - it was the ALLSPICE! EXCELLENT! This is down home cooking up north way! if I could give this a thousand stars - I would! Read More