A Swedish friend passed on this rich and satisfying dish to me.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
30 mins
cook:
1 hr
total:
1 hr 30 mins
Servings:
12
Yield:
12 servings
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In large mixing bowl, soak bread crumbs in milk for 5 minutes. Mix in meat, eggs, and chopped onions. Season with cardamom and salt and pepper to taste. Roll into 1 to 1 1/2 inch meatballs.

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  • Saute meatballs in 1/4 cup butter for approximately 20 minutes.

  • In a separate skillet, saute sliced onions with 1/4 cup butter and sugar until caramelized, about 10 to 15 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

  • Remove mixtures (the meatballs and the onions) from both pans, and place on separate plates. Deglaze both saute pans with the remaining 1/2 cup butter and beef broth, scraping up the browned bits. Cook over high heat for 1 minute.

  • Place the contents of both saute pans into one large pot, and stir in the cream and onions. Season with gravy maker seasoning, monosodium glutamate, nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon, and cloves. Bring to a simmer. Make a slurry with cornstarch and water; whisk the slurry into the cream sauce. Add meatballs, and simmer approximately 20 to 30 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

666 calories; protein 19.7g; carbohydrates 33g; fat 51g; cholesterol 201.8mg; sodium 639mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (23)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
12/14/2003
These are really good. I omitted the MSG and substituted homo milk for heavy cream. I used lean ground beef and fried them without butter. These changes made the dish healthier and from family reviews they loved it! The flavour of this dish was superb. Read More
(22)

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
09/07/2008
MSG??? Both parents born in Sweden and Mom never put onions in anything she called Swedish. American (yeah I'm one too) are onion crazy. At least this one's got the cardamom in it. For me - No onions no mushrooms no green peppers either. No thanks but if you prefer go for it. Read More
(14)
24 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 10
  • 4 star values: 4
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 5
Rating: 5 stars
12/13/2003
These are really good. I omitted the MSG and substituted homo milk for heavy cream. I used lean ground beef and fried them without butter. These changes made the dish healthier and from family reviews they loved it! The flavour of this dish was superb. Read More
(22)
Rating: 5 stars
11/30/2006
This is great recipe - it is very time consuming but I only make it once a year for Christmas Eve. Actually I make them ahead of time - the meatballs freeze beautifully. Then I just have to brown them and make the sauce. My mother's family is Scandinavian and they always cooked with these spices. I do think the sugar quantity is a misprint. Read More
(16)
Rating: 5 stars
01/05/2006
I've made this about 4 times now and has become a tradition at Christmas as we serve mostly Swedish dishes. Time consuming but worth it. It's nice to see a traditional Swedish dish made with traditional Swedish spices. Serve this with lingenberries to enhance the flavor. Read More
(16)
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Rating: 1 stars
09/07/2008
MSG??? Both parents born in Sweden and Mom never put onions in anything she called Swedish. American (yeah I'm one too) are onion crazy. At least this one's got the cardamom in it. For me - No onions no mushrooms no green peppers either. No thanks but if you prefer go for it. Read More
(14)
Rating: 5 stars
03/19/2005
There is no question in my mind that 1/2 cup sugar is a typo error,try 1T or less. I used only 1/2 cup butter in the total recipe and used 2 cans evaporated skim milk instead of cream. Also, added mushrooms.I personally loved the blend of spices in this recipe. Do make this if you do not have time for kitchen clean up. Read More
(14)
Rating: 4 stars
12/18/2003
Meatballs are WONDERFUL!!! The sauce however is a bit sweet to our tastes. I'd cut the sugar down in half even by 2/3. Otherwise I received many compliments when I served them as an appetizer. Read More
(9)
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Rating: 5 stars
10/07/2005
OK this one is a ton of work-took me a couple hours to get everything together but it was so rich and satisying it was worth it! The sauce was awesome over hot cooked egg noodles plus it made a lot so we ate this for a few days. Read More
(7)
Rating: 5 stars
05/20/2004
My hubby and I loved this! I took the advice of an early post and cut back on the sugar and also left out the MSG but otherwise stuck closely to the original recipe. My kids preferred the meatballs w/o the sauce. Not everyone will like the spices in the sauce. I served over rice and this made a lot. I saved about half the meatballs to freeze for another time. Read More
(7)
Rating: 4 stars
08/22/2005
Very good but if using fresh ground cardamon cut it in half. Read More
(7)
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