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Swedish Meatballs (From a Swede!)

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"This is my mom's Swedish meatball recipe. This isn't the kind a lot of people are used to in a creamy white sauce. She served them every Christmas Eve in a chafing dish as part of the 'Smörgåsbord.' My mom used to have a vegetable sour cream and a lingonberry sauce on the table for those that might want to dip these in something."
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Ingredients

50 m servings 69
Original recipe yields 24 servings (48 tiny meatballs)

Directions

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  1. Melt 1 tablespoon butter in a frying pan over low heat; cook and stir onion in melted butter until lightly browned, 5 to 8 minutes.
  2. Mix bread crumbs, water, and half-and-half in a large bowl; let stand for about 2 minutes. Stir cooked onion, ground beef, ground pork, salt, white pepper, and sugar into bread crumb mixture until thoroughly mixed. Shape mixture into about 48 very small meatballs.
  3. Melt 3 tablespoons butter in a skillet; add meatballs. Brown slowly, allowing about 25 minutes, until meatballs are fully cooked in the middle and no longer pink. Shake pan occasionally to cook evenly.

Footnotes

  • Cook's Note:
  • These can also be served as a main dish, making about 4 servings.

Nutrition Facts


Per Serving: 69 calories; 5.5 1.4 3.5 19 231 Full nutrition

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Very good. We added about 1/4 c finely shredded hard cheese. I would also suggest dusting your hands with flour to keep them from sticking to you. The flavor was very nice, make sure to cook ...

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lovely , moist, & flavorful meatballs but where's the Allspice ? I always thought Allspice was the spice ingredient needed to make this authentically Swedish .

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Very good. We added about 1/4 c finely shredded hard cheese. I would also suggest dusting your hands with flour to keep them from sticking to you. The flavor was very nice, make sure to cook ...

This is the real deal! This is the same recipe I have been cooking for years. I found it in my grandmother's Swedish-English cookbook decades ago. I had sworn myself to secrecy about divlugin...

AKA “fly off the table” Swedish Meatballs I made a double recipe of these meatballs as is. That being said, they can be changed slightly at no taste cost if you are on a ketogenic diet: substit...

We really liked this. Will cut the salt in half next time and I used all beef.

Move over IKEA, I don't need your meatballs anymore. I made these using gluten free bread crumbs. At first, the mixture is really wet, don't panic. Keep mixing and let it rest a minute or two. I...

Made this recipe on a whim one night and everyone enjoyed it immensely from the youngest to the oldest.

Very good and they are just about always served this way in Sweden, but a true Swedish meatball would be made with Moose meat. And the salt can be cut back especially if using the pork. Another ...

Very similar to mine, except I use less salt, more white pepper, soak bread instead of bread crumbs. Those of you who didn’t use Pork, do so next time -not authentic without it! (My mother added...

lovely , moist, & flavorful meatballs but where's the Allspice ? I always thought Allspice was the spice ingredient needed to make this authentically Swedish .