Diane Hopson Smith Recipe

Swedish Meatballs - Dee Dee's

By Diane Hopson Smith DeeDee2011

4 to 6 servings
Prep Time:
Cook Time:
Stove Top

In Sweden, meatballs are made with ground beef or a mix of ground beef, pork and sometimes veal, mixed with breadcrumbs soaked in milk and finely chopped onions, some broth, and, occasionally, cream. They are seasoned with white pepper or allspice and salt.

We enjoyed an early afternoon lunch compliments of Elton Brown's 2005 version of Swedish Meatballs. Served on a bed of egg noodles flavored with chive butter this was an outstanding dish full of flavor.

I improvised by using ingredients on hand making very few changes to the original recipe. Hope you enjoy!

All photo's are mine.


2 slice
white bread, fresh (i used french baguettes)
1/4 c
whole milk
3 Tbsp
clarified butter, divided (i used regular butter)
1/2 c
onion, chopped
1 tsp
kosher salt plus a pinch
3/4 lb
ground chuck
3/4 lb
jimmy dean sausage (original recipe called for ground pork)
2 large
egg yolks
1/2 tsp
black pepper
1/4 tsp
ground allspice
1/4 tsp
freshly grated nutmeg
1/4 c
all purpose flour
3 c
beef broth
1/4 c
heavy cream
green onions, snipped for garnish, optional
cooked egg noodles or rice

Directions Step-By-Step

This is what you will need. Always gather and measure ingredients before starting a recipe.
Preheat oven to 200 degrees.
Tear bread into small pieces and place in a small bowl or measuring cup. Pour whole milk over bread; set aside.
Saute' onions in 1 Tbsp of butter in a 12-inch sauce pan until tender. Once tender; set aside.
In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the bread mixture, meats, seasonings and sauteed onions. Mix at a med-low speed until well combined, 1 to 2 minutes.
With hands, form 30 meatballs about 1-oz each, the size of a walnut.
Melt remaining butter in 12-inch sauce pan and add meatballs. Brown on all sides, about 10 to 12 minutes.
Once the meatballs are cooked, removed to a oven-proof dish and place in preheated oven. Leave drippings in pan.
Reduce heat to low and add flour to pan drippings. Whisk until lightly browned. Gradually stir in beef broth whisking until sauce thickens.
Once sauce has thickened to desired consistancy, stir in heavy cream, stir for 2 to 3 minutes.
Remove meatballs from oven and pour sauce over meatballs.

Serve over egg noodles, rice or mashed potatoes.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Beef, Pork
Main Ingredient: Beef
Regional Style: Swedish

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Oct 23, 2012 - Diane Hopson Smith shared this recipe with discussion group: Pork Be inspired Weekly Giveaway #4
Diane Hopson Smith DeeDee2011
Jan 4, 2012
I think mine is bursting at the seams now...lol
Susan Feliciano frenchtutor
Jan 4, 2012
I did that until one day my freezer burst at the seams!
Diane Hopson Smith DeeDee2011
Jan 4, 2012
Just the 2 of us, so I have plenty to put in the freezer. This is the way I cook everything...enough to put some in the freezer.
Beth M. BakinTime
Jan 4, 2012
Supper was very good, I've got to say! There is enough for two or more meals, and I have put the leftovers in containers in the freezer.