Swedish Meatballs with Creamy Dill Sauce


There are many versions of Swedish meatballs, and this is the way we like ours. They're juicy, tender, and flavorful in a creamy and rich sauce. We enjoy them over mashed potatoes or buttered noodles and served with lingonberry sauce or cranberry sauce.

Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
25 mins
Additional Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
1 hr
6 servings



  • cooking spray

  • 1 cup fresh bread crumbs

  • ¾ cup milk

  • 1 pound lean ground beef

  • ½ pound lean ground pork

  • ½ cup finely chopped onion

  • ½ cup finely chopped fresh parsley

  • ¼ cup finely chopped celery

  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten

  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic

  • 1 teaspoon white sugar

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter

  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour

  • 2 cups beef broth

  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

  • 1 cup reduced-fat sour cream

  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh dill

  • ¼ teaspoon lemon zest

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and place a baking rack on top. Spray the baking rack with cooking spray.

  2. Combine bread crumbs and milk in a large bowl. Allow bread crumbs to soak up the milk for about 10 minutes. Mix in ground beef, ground pork, onion, parsley, celery, egg, garlic, sugar, salt, and pepper until combined; mixture will be fairly wet. Shape into 36 meatballs with a 1-tablespoon cookie scoop. Place meatballs on the prepared baking rack.

  3. Bake in the preheated oven until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the center of a meatball reads 160 degrees F (71 degrees C), about 18 minutes.

  4. While the meatballs are baking, melt butter for sauce in a large saucepan over medium-low heat. Whisk in flour and cook, stirring constantly, for 2 minutes. Gradually whisk in beef broth and Worcestershire sauce until smooth. Cook, stirring often, until slightly thickened, about 12 minutes.

  5. Remove meatballs from the oven and add to the sauce mixture. Simmer for 3 minutes. Stir in sour cream, dill, and lemon zest. Season with salt and pepper and serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

417 Calories
28g Fat
14g Carbs
26g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 417
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 28g 36%
Saturated Fat 14g 68%
Cholesterol 133mg 44%
Sodium 856mg 37%
Total Carbohydrate 14g 5%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 26g
Vitamin C 11mg 54%
Calcium 132mg 10%
Iron 3mg 17%
Potassium 489mg 10%

* 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.

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