Traditional Swedish Meatballs
This traditional Swedish Meatballs recipe is one that my Dad shared with me and I'm sure he won't mind me sharing it with the rest of the globe. My dad actually lived in Sweden for a number of years so I know that this and many of his other recipes are truly traditional.
I can't tell you whether they live up to Ikea standards because I'm ashamed to admit, I've never actually eaten any food at Ikea. I'm always straight in and walking around the maze picking up everything that I don't need.
This recipe should make about 20 meatballs.
300g ground beef mince
200g ground pork mince
200ml single cream
50g white breadcrumbs
2 cold, boiled potatoes
1 tsp allspice
1 beef stock cube
250ml boiled water
200ml single cream
1 tbsp cornflour
To start, boil your potatoes until they are ready to be mashed. Once mashed, leave to cool.
In a separate bowl, mix the breadcrumbs and cream until you get a porridge-like mixture, then whisk in the egg
Peel and finely chop your onion and then mix it into the porridge-like mixture along with the beef and pork mince
Once your potatoes have cooled, finally add these to the bowl along with the allspice, salt and pepper
Using either an ice cream scoop or your hands, roll out your balls and place on a tray - these should be just smaller than the size of a golf ball
To cook, either melt some butter in a frying pan and gently fry the meatballs turning frequently OR what I find works best, is to put them into my air fryer at 200°C for 15 minutes - after the first 5 minutes, I turn them to ensure they don't stick to the grill
Once all of your meatballs are cooked, set them to one side whilst you begin the sauce
Add 250ml of beef stock to the pan and bring up to the boil
Then lower the heat and add in 200ml of cream whisking continuously ensuring it doesn't split
In a mug, add the cornflour and some of the sauce from the pan to mix together to form a paste then whisk back into the sauce
Bring the heat up to a medium and continue to whisk - the cornflour will thicken the sauce with the heat
Once your sauce reaches your desired consistency, add your meatballs back to the pan, season with S&P and sprinkle with chopped parsley
Perfectly paired with either boiled potatoes, mash or some french fries. Be sure to have them with some lingonberry sauce on the side too. If you can't get your hands on lingonberry sauce, cranberry sauce is the perfect alternative.