Swedish Meatballs

10 minutes
20 minutes
30 minutes
4 to 5
Ikea's famous Swedish Meatballs at home and even better! This iconic food is the easiest 30-minute dinner idea that you can serve on a bed of rice or pasta. The meatballs are seasoned to perfection and the cream sauce is just heavenly!
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Swedish Meatballs

Ikea’s famous Swedish Meatballs at home and even better! This iconic food is the easiest 30-minute dinner idea that you can serve on a bed of rice or pasta. The meatballs are seasoned to perfection and the cream sauce is just heavenly!

The Meatballs

Swedish Meatballs are a bit different than traditional meatballs if you’re used to making them the Italian way or like Kefta which is the Middle Eastern way! Swedish meatballs use a lot more warm spices like allspice. The meatballs are also dressed in a cream-based sauce instead of a tomato-based one.

To start, we’ll need ground beef and the fattier the better so I would opt for 85/15 or 90/10. Typically, Swedish meatballs are made with a mix of ground beef and pork. Since we’re only using beef, we want a higher fat percentage to ensure it will still be just as juicy.

Here are all the ingredients we’ll add to the ground beef:

  • onion
  • garlic
  • large egg
  • panko breadcrumbs
  • allspice
  • paprika
  • salt
  • black pepper
  • parsley

For the onion, you can use yellow or white. I prefer yellow because it has a sweeter taste! Make sure to GRATE the onion instead of dicing it like I did in the video. I lost my grater so couldn’t use it but it is the best method. The onion has to be very fine so the meatball can easily form and take its shape.

For the garlic, finely mince it and for the parsley, finely chop it! Add the rest of the ingredients to the ground beef and mix all together.

Shape into meatballs, about the size of a golf ball or smaller. Just make them the size you want! I like them on the smaller side but I know some people like them larger.

Heat a pan over medium heat. Once hot, add a drizzle of olive oil. Add the meatballs in and let it sear on one side, for about 2 minutes, and then continuously rotate until all sides are browned. Remove the meatballs and transfer to a plate. In the same pan WITHOUT cleaning it, we will make the sauce.

The Cream Sauce

Now that the meatballs are prepared, we will make the sauce! Add butter to the pan over medium heat and once melted, add all-purpose flour. Whisk together until smooth and cook it down for 2 to 4 minutes until it deepens in color.

Then add in the beef broth, heavy cream, cream cheese (or sour cream), Worcestershire sauce, yellow mustard, black pepper, salt, and nutmeg. Mix together well until smooth and bring to a light boil and then it will start to thicken.

Taste and adjust any seasoning to your liking! Once you love how it tastes, add the meatballs back in and finish with some chopped parsley on top. You can also opt for chopped chives instead and enjoy!

How to Serve The Dish

There are so many ways to enjoy these meatballs. Here are just a few ideas you can use for inspiration!

  • Serve the meatballs over a bed of mashed potatoes.
  • Another common way they are enjoyed is with buttered egg noodles. This is the same pasta shape used for beef stroganoff.
  • Swedish Meatballs are usually served with a jam/sauce made of Lingonberries and green sweet peas.
  • It is also delicious with pickled cucumbers. The acidity cuts the creaminess and richness of the dish.
  • This is not traditional at all but enjoy with some rice! If you don’t want mashed potatoes, opt for roast potatoes!

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Swedish Meatballs

Ikea's famous Swedish Meatballs at home and even better! This iconic food is the easiest 30 minute dinner idea that you can serve on a bed of rice or pasta. The meatballs are seasoned to perfection and the cream sauce is just heavenly!

Ikea's famous Swedish Meatballs at home and even better! This iconic food is the easiest 30 minute dinner idea that you can serve on a bed of rice or pasta. The meatballs are seasoned to perfection and the cream sauce is just heavenly!

10 minutes
20 minutes
30 minutes
4 to 5

Ingredients

MEATBALLS
  • 1 pound ground beef 85/15
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1⁄4 cup yellow onion, grated
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons parsley, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil, for the pan
SAUCE
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups beef broth
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons cream cheese or sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon yellow or Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt, more to taste
  • pinch of nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoon parsley, finely chopped

Instructions

  1. To a medium bowl, add the ground beef, garlic, allspice, paprika, salt, black pepper, egg, panko breadcrumbs, onion, and parsley. Mix together to combine well.
  2. Shape the meatballs into round small balls, about 3 tablespoons of meat each.
  3. Heat a large skillet or pan over medium-high heat.
  4. Add a drizzle of olive oil to the pan.
  5. Place the meatballs on the pan, spacing them apart. Allow one side to sear, about 3 to 4 minutes, then rotate. Once the other side is browned too, drop the heat to low and allow it to cook through until done, 165 degrees in the center. When fully cooked, remove from the pan and transfer to a plate.
  6. To the same pan used to cook the meatballs, add the butter over medium heat. Once melted, add the all-purpose flour and whisk together until there are no clumps. Now that you have your roux, cook it for about 2 to 3 minutes.
  7. Now add the beef broth, heavy cream, cream cheese or sour cream, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, black pepper, salt, and nutmeg. Mix together well until smooth and bring to a light boil to thicken.
  8. Continuously whisk the sauce until it starts to thicken up. Once thick, taste and adjust any seasoning to your liking.
  9. Add the meatballs back into the sauce and add the parsley on top to garnish. Enjoy warm over rice, egg noodles, or mashed potatoes.
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