Swedish Meatballs

These Swedish Meatballs are a wonderfully comforting meal. Made with a combination of beef and pork, simmered in a creamy gravy, and served over egg noodles or even mashed potatoes!

Swedish meatballs piled high on top of egg noodles with a side of green beans.

Swedish Meatballs

**Originally posted January 2016.  Photos, text and recipe updated**

Ahhh, Swedish Meatballs have a very special place in my heart!!  They are hands down one of my favorite meals and it was one of the first meals I learned to cook when I was young.  I’m sure I cooked it way too much and I think my mom and dad probably got tired of me making the same thing over and over.

But they taste so good!!  And they really aren’t that hard to make either.  Sure it does require you to roll up your sleeves and get your hands a little dirty making the meatballs, but it really is worth it!!  Read on to find out a few make-ahead tips to speed things up!

Some of our other favorite comforting meals are: One Pot Hamburger Stroganoff, Chicken Pot Pie with Biscuit Topping, Chicken in Garlic Mushroom Cream Sauce, and Slow Cooker Pot Roast.

Pan of swedish meatballs with a spoon lifting one out.

How to make Swedish Meatballs: 

  • In this recipe, I pan fry the meatballs but you can also bake them.  Just form the meatballs as usual and place them on a foil lined baking sheet.  Bake at 400 degrees F for 18-20 minutes.  Then add them to the sauce and simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Make ahead tips:
    • Make the meatballs and either fry them or bake them and place on a baking sheet and freeze them for later!  Just freeze them on a baking sheet for 30 minutes to 1 hour so they don’t stick together.  Place in a freezer safe bag or container and freeze for up to 3 months.  To use: add them to the sauce, cover and simmer for 10-15 minutes or until heated through.
    • Another option is to mix up the meat according to directions and keep in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours.

A big bowl of egg noodles topped with Swedish meatballs and a side of green beans.

What to serve Swedish Meatballs with:

  • We serve them with hot cooked and buttered egg noodles or mashed potatoes.
  • Traditionally Swedish Meatballs are also served with Lingonberries but I haven’t tried them with it.  I know they are hard to find but a close substitute would be to use fresh cranberries and make a cranberry sauce.
  • Simple Roasted Green Beans or any steamed vegetable.

Top down view of Swedish Meatballs in a cast iron skillet. Garnished with parsley.

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Pan of swedish meatballs with a spoon lifting one out.
Swedish Meatballs
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
35 mins
 
Swedish Meatballs- made with a combination of pork and beef then simmered in a creamy brown gravy.
Course: Main, Main Dish
Servings: 4 -6
Author: Countryside Cravings
Ingredients
Meatballs:
  • 1 small onion, grated or finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup (20g) dry bread crumbs
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) milk
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • pinch allspice
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 pound (250g) lean ground beef
  • 1/2 pound (250g) ground pork
  • olive oil (for frying)
Gravy:
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup (30g) all purpose flour
  • 2 cups (475ml) beef broth
  • 3/4 cup (180g) sour cream
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley
  • Hot cooked egg noodles
Instructions
Meatballs:
  1. In a large mixing bowl combine the first eight ingredients and let sit for 5 minutes.  Add ground beef and pork and mix just until combined.  Form into 1 inch meatballs and place in hot skillet with olive oil.  Fry on all sides until cooked through (about 10-15 minutes).  

  2. Remove from skillet and cover loosely with foil to keep warm, set aside. 

Gravy:
  1. Melt the 2 tablespoons of butter in the same skillet over medium to medium low heat.  Whisk in the flour and cook for 1 minute.  Slowly whisk in the beef broth scraping up the bits stuck at the bottom of the pan (there's a lot of flavor there!).  

  2. Reduce heat to a simmer and stir in the sour cream.  Add meatballs and simmer covered for 5 minutes.  

Recipe Notes
  1. In this recipe, I pan fry the meatballs but you can also bake them.  Just form the meatballs as usual and place them on a foil lined baking sheet.  Bake at 400 degrees F for 18-20 minutes.  Then add them to the sauce and simmer for 5 minutes.
  2. Make ahead tips:
    • Make the meatballs and either fry them or bake them and place on a baking sheet and freeze them for later!  Just freeze them on a baking sheet for 30 minutes to 1 hour so they don't stick together.  Place in a freezer safe bag or container and freeze for up to 3 months.  To use: add them to the sauce, cover and simmer for 10-15 minutes or until heated through.
    • Another option is to mix up the meat according to directions and keep in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours.
  3. What to serve with Swedish Meatballs:
    • We serve them with hot cooked and buttered egg noodles or mashed potatoes.
    • Traditionally Swedish Meatballs are also served with Lingonberries but I haven't tried them with it.  I know they are hard to find but a close substitute would be to use fresh cranberries and make a cranberry sauce.
    • Simple Roasted Green Beans or any steamed vegetable.

 

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