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swedish meatballs

a recipe by
Beth Pierce
Old Monroe, MO

Swedish Meatballs are delicious tender beef meatballs in a hearty rich cream sauce with a hint of allspice and nutmeg. They are the ultimate comfort food meal and are absolutely delicious, served over Amish egg noodles or mashed potatoes. I have been making these for years, and my family loves and devours them every time I serve them. So much better than Ikea meatballs. You can thank me later!

serves 4
prep time 20 Min
cook time 30 Min
method Stove Top

Ingredients For swedish meatballs

  • 1 lb
    ground beef (see notes)
  • 1/3 c
    panko breadcrumbs
  • ¼ c
    onion minced
  • 2 clove
    garlic minced
  • 1 lg
    egg room temperature
  • ½ tsp
  • ¼ tsp
    fresh ground black pepper
  • ¼ tsp
    ground nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp
    ground allspice
  • 1 Tbsp
    chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 Tbsp
  • 3 Tbsp
  • 2 c
    low-sodium beef broth
  • ¼ tsp
    ground nutmeg to taste
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • ½ c
    sour cream
  • 1 Tbsp
    chopped fresh parsley

How To Make swedish meatballs

  • 1
    Mix the beef, breadcrumbs, onion, garlic, egg, salt, fresh ground black pepper, ground nutmeg, ground allspice, and parsley together in a large bowl.
  • 2
    Shape into small meatballs and cook in a large skillet over medium heat until golden brown and cooked through. Move the meatballs to a plate and cover the plate to keep them warm.
  • 3
    Add the butter to the skillet over medium heat and scrape to loosen the brown bits. Whisk in the flour until smooth. Cook for 2 minutes while whisking constantly. Slowly whisk in the beef broth and cook until thickened, whisking frequently. Whisk in the nutmeg and season with salt and pepper to taste. Reduce the heat to low and stir in the sour cream.
  • 4
    Return the meatballs to the pan and simmer for just a couple of minutes to warm. Sprinkle with fresh parsley and serve over cooked egg noodles, rice, or mashed potatoes.