Recipes Across the World: Swedish Meatballs

Persevering with the ‘Recipes Across the World‘ sequence, Emma from Emma’s Roadmap is sharing how you can make Swedish meatballs! Right here’s Emma with all the small print:

Everyone knows Swedish Meatballs from IKEA, however they’re so significantly better once you make them your self!

A number of months in the past, I met considered one of my greatest mates on change in Canada. After I went to go to her in Sweden she taught me how you can make actual Swedish meatballs! I had a lot enjoyable attempting to pronounce all of the Swedish elements within the grocery store (should have seemed like I used to be loopy)!

Right here’s how you can cook dinner Swedish Meatballs at house!

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Cultural Context

Swedish meatballs are a standard Swedish dish and it’s THE primary delicacy you need to strive when visiting Sweden! It was a dish eaten by the Swedish royals however these days you’ll find them in all places!

Swedish meatballs (or köttbullar in Swedish) are usually served with potatoes (I desire mashed potatoes however any type will do high-quality), gravy and lingonberries.

The recipe is pretty simple however does take a while. Nonetheless, it’s undoubtedly price it. I’ll spare you the unpronounceable Swedish names and simply go forward with the English model. 😉

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Swedish meatballs ingredients9


*Serves four Individuals



  • 500g minced meat (floor beef)
  • ¼ cup of breadcrumbs (1/2 dl)
  • 1 onion
  • 1 egg
  • Half a cup of milk (1 dl)


  • four tablespoons of butter
  • four tablespoons of flour
  • 2 cups of water
  • 1 cup of cream (25cl)
  • 1 tablespoon of soy sauce
  • 1 piece (or ½ tbsp) beef broth

Mashed Potatoes

  • 2 egg yolks
  • 75 kg potatoes (or four large potatoes)
  • Half a cup of milk (1 dl)
  • nutmeg


  1. Recent lingonberries or lingonberry jam (typically 2 tablespoons per individual)

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Recipe + Preparation

Cooking Time: 40 minutes


  1. Combine the breadcrumbs with the milk. Depart it for 10 minutes.
  2. Chop the onion as high-quality as doable (you’ll have to put them within the meat).
  3. Combine the meat, onion, egg, salt, and pepper with the breadcrumbs and milk. Combine till it’s (sort of) easy.
  4. Roll small balls and fry them within the pan till they’re absolutely cooked.

Mashed Potatoes

  1. Peel the potatoes and chop them in equal items. Put the potatoes in a casserole filled with water along with a pinch of salt and let it cook dinner till they grow to be delicate sufficient to mash.
  2. Mash them and blend the mashed potatoes with the egg yolks and the milk. Spice it up with some salt, black pepper, and nutmeg.


  1. Soften the butter and blend it fastidiously with the flour. Let it simmer for a minute.
  2. Heat the water and blend it with the broth. Put it slowly within the mixture of flour and butter and stir till the mix thickens.
  3. Put within the cream and soy. Be very cautious and add every of it slowly to not disturb the mix.
  4. Let all the things simmer for two minutes, then serve it!
Lingonberry jam

In case you may’t discover lingonberry jam or sauce at your native grocery retailer—it’s accessible here on Amazon. Alternatively, you might substitute cranberry sauce which has an identical tart and recent style.

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Ideas + Tips

  • Typical Swedish meatballs are very small. My first mistake was to roll them too massive, don’t do that!
  • Make an effort to cut the onion as high-quality as doable! Huge chunks of onion in your meatballs are very arduous to cook dinner.
  • It’s as much as you to decide on how easy you need your mashed potatoes to be; extra milk will make a smoother mix.

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Remaining Ideas

I hope you’ll get pleasure from this recipe as a lot as I do! On my journey to Sweden I couldn’t assist however eat them day by day (whoops!).

Get pleasure from!

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