Köttbulle Svenska (Swedish Meatballs)

Megan Berg Recipe

By Megan Berg WildeChild

2 Hr
45 Min

Bork bork bork!
(Just kidding!)

These Swedish meatballs do have more of an American twist on them, as they are served submerged in white gravy as opposed to sided with brown gravy, but they are no less utsökt!

NOTE: I've always served my köttbulle with egg noodles, but authentically they are usually served with potatoes, and the meatballs are separate from the gravy on the plate. This recipe, I feel, is much better on top of the noodles!

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3 1/2 Tbsp
1 medium
onion, peeled and very finely diced
2 tsp
1/2 c
breadcrumbs (plain, preferrably fresh)
1/2 c
1 lb
ground beef
1 lb
ground pork
1 large
egg, beaten
salt and pepper, to taste
2 Tbsp
vegetable oil
2 Tbsp
1 3/4 c
beef stock
3/4 c
sour cream
3 Tbsp
finely chopped freshed dill (or dried)

Directions Step-By-Step

To make the meatballs, first melt a little of the butter in a frying pan and ass the finely chopped onion. Sauté until soft and then add the allspice.
Soak the breadcrumbs in the milk, until the milk has been absorbed, about 30-45 minutes. Mix the fried onion in with the soaked bread and then add the meat, beaten egg, salt, pepper and mix well.
Dampen your hands and form the mixture into balls about the size of large walnuts, slightly smaller than a golf ball.
Heat half of the remaining butter with half of the oil in the previously used frying pan and fry the meatballs in batches, until they are golden brown in color. Remove the meatballs and allow them to cool slightly.
Heat up the remaining butter and oil in a sauce pan and add the flour, cooking over a low heat and stirring constantly until the flour is golden and sandy in appearance.
Take the pan off the heat and gradually add the beef stock, stirring and blending well after each addition. Put the pan back on the heat and bring to a boil. then add the sour cream. Turn the heat back down and add the meatballs, cover and cook over a low heat for about 15 to 20 minutes, until the sauce has thickened.
Check and adjust the seasoning (salt and pepper) before adding the chopped dill to the meatball and sauce mixture. Serve over egg noodles and enjoy!

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Beef, Pork
Other Tag: Quick & Easy

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Judi Mae Phelps Judimae
Aug 29, 2010
Megan, I am really starting to become a fan of yours. This recipe looks delicious. I have had Swedish Meatballs with a lingonberry jam sauce. It was really delicious, I have one in my recipe files that uses the lingonberry jam or jelly, but I have never made it. Perhaps when I find it, I will post it as a different version than yours.
Jacki Allen jackio46
Dec 21, 2010
I made this version but my husband (Swedish) said that the white sauce version was Norwegian. LOL..he still ate hardily of them.
Megan Berg WildeChild
Dec 22, 2010
Haha yes, the Swedish version has a delicious brown sauce, but I think even this sauce is somewhat Americanized. Still so very tasty, though!
Leslie Dunn LucyLovely
Dec 13, 2011
Glad to finally see a Swedish Meatball recipe with allspice! We always have ours with mashed potatoes and green beans.