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My classic Swedish meatball recipe: a bunch of super smooth meatballs in a creamy silky cream sauce... A traditional IKEA recipe!

Swedish Meatballs

My classic Swedish meatball recipe: a bunch of super smooth meatballs in a creamy silky cream sauce... A traditional IKEA recipe!

Course Main Course
Cuisine Swedish
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 4 people
Calories per serving 635 kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ lb ground beef (675 g)
  • 2 large garlic cloves finely chopped
  • 1 small red onion finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp breadcrumbs or panko or breadcrumbs
  • 2 tbsp parmesan cheese grated
  • 1 small egg
  • 1 tbsp plain flour
  • ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup beef stock (240 ml), warm
  • 1 cup sour cream or cream (240 g)
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 bay leaves
  • nutmeg
  • pepper
  • salt

Instructions

  1. Transfer half of the olive oil, the bay leaves, chopped onion and garlic to a medium saucepan. Season with pepper and salt.

    My classic Swedish meatball recipe: a bunch of super smooth meatballs in a creamy silky cream sauce... A traditional IKEA recipe!
  2. Place the pan over medium heat and cook the onion for 6 to 8 minutes or until nicely browned. Then remove the bay leaves and let the onion cool.

    My classic Swedish meatball recipe: a bunch of super smooth meatballs in a creamy silky cream sauce... A traditional IKEA recipe!
  3. Transfer the minced meat and egg to a large mixing bowl. Add the cooled onion, panko, a pinch of nutmeg, cinnamon and parmesan cheese.

    My classic Swedish meatball recipe: a bunch of super smooth meatballs in a creamy silky cream sauce... A traditional IKEA recipe!
  4. Knead the mince well. Then check the seasoning and add extra pepper or salt to taste. Roll the mince into even balls. Mine were each 1 ½ oz (45 g), making 20 meatballs.

    My classic Swedish meatball recipe: a bunch of super smooth meatballs in a creamy silky cream sauce... A traditional IKEA recipe!
  5. Pour the flour on a deep plate and coat the meatballs. Shake off any excess flour. Pour the remaining olive oil in large non-stick pan and place it over medium-high heat until hot. Then add the meatballs.

    My classic Swedish meatball recipe: a bunch of super smooth meatballs in a creamy silky cream sauce... A traditional IKEA recipe!
  6. Brown the meatballs for 8 to 10 minutes. Shake the pan often. Then remove the meatballs from the pan and place them on a clean plate. Now pour the warm beef stock in the same pan (with those browned bits for extra flavor to the sauce).

    My classic Swedish meatball recipe: a bunch of super smooth meatballs in a creamy silky cream sauce... A traditional IKEA recipe!
  7. Stir and let the stock reduce by half. Then add the heavy cream (or sour cream).

    My classic Swedish meatball recipe: a bunch of super smooth meatballs in a creamy silky cream sauce... A traditional IKEA recipe!
  8. Stir again and turn the heat low. Let the sauce simmer for 3 to 4 minutes until it starts to thicken a little. Check the seasoning and add extra pepper or salt to taste. Then add the meatballs to the pan again.

    My classic Swedish meatball recipe: a bunch of super smooth meatballs in a creamy silky cream sauce... A traditional IKEA recipe!
  9. Stir and cook the meatballs for another 6 minutes. Scoop them onto plates and drizzle with the remaining sauce. Serve hot.

    My classic Swedish meatball recipe: a bunch of super smooth meatballs in a creamy silky cream sauce... A traditional IKEA recipe!