Grandma's Swedish Meatballs

Karen Carbone


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.

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15 Min
45 Min
Stove Top


2 1/2 lb
ground beef
1/2 lb
ground pork
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
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


  • 1In 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.
  • 2Remove mixture from fridge, and portion into rolled meatballs ( grandma made walnut sized ones, mine are about golf ball size...less rolling, lol )
  • 3In 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.
  • 4For 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.
  • 5We always served this with whipped potatoes, green beans and Lingonberry preserves... cranberry sauce is very close in flavor to lingonberry.

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About Grandma's Swedish Meatballs

Course/Dish: Beef
Main Ingredient: Beef
Regional Style: Scandinavian