Swedish Meatballs - Dee Dee's

Diane Hopson Smith


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.

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4 to 6 servings
30 Min
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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


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1This is what you will need. Always gather and measure ingredients before starting a recipe.

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2Preheat oven to 200 degrees.

3Tear bread into small pieces and place in a small bowl or measuring cup. Pour whole milk over bread; set aside.

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4Saute' onions in 1 Tbsp of butter in a 12-inch sauce pan until tender. Once tender; set aside.

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5In 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.

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6With hands, form 30 meatballs about 1-oz each, the size of a walnut.

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7Melt remaining butter in 12-inch sauce pan and add meatballs. Brown on all sides, about 10 to 12 minutes.

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8Once the meatballs are cooked, removed to a oven-proof dish and place in preheated oven. Leave drippings in pan.

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9Reduce heat to low and add flour to pan drippings. Whisk until lightly browned. Gradually stir in beef broth whisking until sauce thickens.

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10Once sauce has thickened to desired consistancy, stir in heavy cream, stir for 2 to 3 minutes.

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11Remove 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