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grandma's swedish meatballs

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Recipe by
Karen Carbone
Yarmouth, MA

My great grandparents immigrated to the states in 1908 from Sweden and this is the recipe that has been past down through 4 generation here in the states. Hope you enjoy it.

(1 rating)
yield 6 -8
prep time 15 Min
cook time 45 Min
method Stove Top

Ingredients For grandma's swedish meatballs

  • 2 1/2 lb
    ground beef
  • 1/2 lb
    ground pork
  • 1
    sleeve saltine crackers crushed fine
  • 1 tsp
  • 3/4 tsp
    powdered ginger
  • 1 tsp
    ground nutmeg
  • 1 1/2 tsp
    ground cardamom
  • 1/3 c
    finely minced onion
  • 2
    eggs beaten
  • 3/4 c
  • 1/2 c
    lite olive oil or canola oil
  • 1/2 c
    all purpose flour
  • 32 oz
    low sodium beef broth

How To Make grandma's swedish meatballs

  • 1
    In a large bowl combine ground meats,salt,spices saltines, minced onion, eggs and cream, mix very well, cover and refrigerate over night so flavors blend through.
  • 2
    Remove mixture from fridge, and portion into rolled meatballs ( grandma made walnut sized ones, mine are about golf ball size...less rolling, lol )
  • 3
    In a large frying pan add 1/2 cup light olive oil or canola oil over medium heat, add meatballs, do not over crowd pan and brown on all sides ( I cook about 10 at a time ) be care not to have heat so high the the little bits that stick to pan burn. Continue ti;; all meatballs are cooked. Place in a casserole dish and keep warm in oven while making gravy.
  • 4
    For the gravy: add 1/2 flour to fat in pan,whisk constantly till lite brown, add low sodium beef broth gradually, whisking as you go till smooth,bring to simmer, then pour over meatballs.
  • 5
    We always served this with whipped potatoes, green beans and Lingonberry preserves... cranberry sauce is very close in flavor to lingonberry.

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