SWEDEN: Köttbullar

Ingredients: For the Meatballs:

  • 1 pound (about 450 g) ground beef
  • 1/2 pound (about 225 g) ground pork
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • Salt, to taste
  • Black pepper, to taste
  • Butter or oil, for frying

For the Cream Sauce:

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups beef or vegetable broth
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • Salt, to taste
  • Black pepper, to taste

For Serving:

  • Lingonberry jam (or cranberry sauce)
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Fresh parsley, chopped (for garnish)

Instructions: For the Meatballs:

  1. In a small bowl, combine the breadcrumbs and milk. Let it sit for a few minutes to allow the breadcrumbs to absorb the milk.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the ground beef, ground pork, chopped onion, minced garlic, chopped parsley, egg, ground allspice, ground nutmeg, salt, and black pepper.
  3. Add the breadcrumb mixture to the meat mixture and mix well until all the ingredients are thoroughly combined.
  4. Shape the mixture into small meatballs, about 1 inch in diameter.
  5. Heat a large skillet over medium heat and add butter or oil.
  6. Add the meatballs to the skillet, in batches if necessary, and cook until browned on all sides and cooked through. Remove the cooked meatballs from the skillet and set them aside.

For the Cream Sauce:

  1. In the same skillet used to cook the meatballs, melt the butter over medium heat.
  2. Stir in the flour and cook for a minute or two to create a roux.
  3. Slowly whisk in the beef or vegetable broth, making sure there are no lumps.
  4. Add the heavy cream and Worcestershire sauce, and continue to cook, stirring constantly, until the sauce thickens.
  5. Season the sauce with salt and black pepper, to taste.

To Serve:

  1. Place the cooked meatballs in the skillet with the cream sauce. Stir gently to coat the meatballs with the sauce.
  2. Serve the Swedish meatballs over a bed of mashed potatoes.
  3. Garnish with fresh parsley and serve with lingonberry jam or cranberry sauce on the side.

Swedish meatballs are often served as part of a traditional Swedish smörgåsbord or enjoyed as a main dish. They are deliciously paired with mashed potatoes and lingonberry jam for a classic Swedish meal.

Enjoy the comforting flavors of Sweden with this Swedish Meatballs recipe!



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