These delicious Swedish meatballs are a homemade version of the iconic IKEA meatballs. It’s a lot easier than assembling flat-pack furniture, that’s for sure! Extra sweet and juicy, with a touch of classic spices like allspice and topped with a bread-friendly sauce.
I’m that guy who goes to IKEA just to get a tealight, only to show up 2 hours later with all sorts of useful organizational solutions, looking for a problem to solve.
I’m also that person who confidently assembles IKEA furniture (I’m a Chartered Accountant! I can do that!) only to end up with a leftover screw or bracket. Luckily my IKEA furniture hasn’t fallen yet, so now I have a theory that IKEA throws an extra piece in every flat pack just to annoy us.
As for their meatballs?
Flat shopping is hard work. Can’t blame anyone who needed a ride after reaching the other side of the IKEA maze.
But once you’ve tried homemade Swedish meatballs, you’ll never order them again in an IKEA café!
What’s so special about Swedish Meatballs?
If you’ve ever wondered what’s so special about Swedish meatballs, or how they taste, close your eyes and imagine this: very soft meatballs, made using a combination of pork and beef and bread soaked instead of Extra juicy breadcrumbs, lightly seasoned with just a touch of nutmeg and all the spices that give it that quintessentially Swedish flavor, all wrapped in an absolutely addictive creamy sauce.
These meatballs are different from other meatballs – Regular readers know I have a thing for my favorite Italian meatballs.
But I would say if you’re not a regular meatball maker for some reason (rolling meatballs hurts, you don’t like to stir meat with your hands, etc.) but you tend to make one recipe, make this one Swedish Meatballs.
You won’t regret it. I promise.
What goes in Swedish Meatballs
Here are the ingredients you need to make Swedish meatballs.
- Beef and pork – beef gives it flavor, pork gives it juiciness and tenderness;
- Bread – the secret to super moist meatballs! More effective than breadcrumbs;
- Nutmeg & All Spices – Signature spices in small, subtle amounts. All Spice is a specific type of spice made from a plant called Pimenta dioica. It smells like cloves. It is a common spice in ordinary supermarkets, and the price is not more expensive than ordinary spices.
The best substitute is a spice mix.
- Broth/Beef Broth & Cream – for creamy sauces;
- flour – to thicken sauces;
- eggs – to bind the meatballs together.
How to make Swedish Meatballs
Here’s how to do it:
, first the sandwich bread is chopped and dipped in the grated onion. This is the secret to super moist, super flavorful meatballs. Grate the onion = no need to fry the chopped onion and extract the onion juice that soaks into the bread, then fluff while the meatballs cook, creating super soft meatballs!
How I roll meatballs
This is how I roll meatballs. This is the fastest way I can think of!
- Use a lever action ice cream scoop to scoop out the mixture. Standard size is 3 tbsp – I use a little less than 1 tbsp (3 tbsp is already huge);
- Collect all the mixture;
- Then they all roll;
- Here! Uniform sized meatballs roll faster!
Sauce for Swedish Meatballs
Swedish Meatball Sauce is a creamy sauce made from butter, beef stock, thickened with flour and topped with cream.
But the most important flavor of a truly delicious cream sauce is the dripping pan of charred meatballs. All the brown stuff left in the pan after the meatballs are browned adds incredible flavor to the sauce, which is why these meatballs cannot be cooked! ! !
What to serve with Swedish Meatballs
No Swedish meatball dining experience is complete without creamy mashed potatoes. You need mashed potatoes to enjoy every last drop of this delicious creamy sauce.
Still, rice, noodles, or pasta are an adequate backup, or a bread to wipe up the sauce (try this easy artisan bread or this yeast-free emergency sandwich bread). If you really want to cut carbs, Creamy Cauliflower Mash is your answer!